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Death And The Maiden
A brand new nine-track release from Death and the Maiden called Wisteria. This record is available on vinyl LP and CD, and will blow you away with its ability to extend your already heightened levels of anxiety from listening to their previous stuff. Expect weird (but kinda cool, I guess) trance-pop-indie-punk.
This psych-pop two track was conceived in New Zealand and cut in Los Angeles. Dunedin trio The Shifting Sands prove they know their way around a tune here - ‘Zoe’ and ‘Run’ are the sort of lush, hazy summer jams that never go out of fashion. ‘Run’ sounds like a more focussed iteration of early-days My Bloody Valentine, while ‘Zoe’ is a blissed-out, Lemonheads-indebted number.
Gotta say, with that album cover and title, I was expecting ambient German techno.
But no, The Granite Shore’s second LP, Suspended Second is a glorious pop album with a Western sense of sadness and melancholy. There are hints at ABBA yet instead of glossy fun on a Greek island it sounds more like the joy you get from a bag of steaming fish and chips on a rainy day by the seaside.
Revolutionary Army of The Infant Jesus
The second album by Revolutionary Army of The Infant Jesus here receives a reissue that gets this music onto vinyl for the first time ever! 1991’s Mirror, titled after the Andrei Tarkovsky film, is a strange, deep, and stylistically varied work that invokes religious music, spiritual drones, field recordings, and so much more. Reissued by Occultation.
The Distractions declare an end to their long career (although said career did have a three-decade gap in it) with their third album, Kindly Leave The Stage. By making an active decision, the band get to fully define their exit, with at least half the album’s tracks being actively about departure or endings. Lovely melancholic guitar pop, released by Occultation.
A very much stripped back version of John Howard is present on Across The Door Sill. Layers of vocals and pianos wander through delicately written pop structures as easily as they do the more freeform. Mixing the heart of a folk artist with the intimacy of a lounge performance. Available Vinyl and CD through Occultation.
The Prophet Hens previous release 'Popular People do Popular People' has to be one of the most thrilling Antipodean releases of recent years perfectly updating that Chills sound with a heap of sparkling tunes. We are very excited then to hear this magnificently titled follow up which promises a marriage of C86 jangle, early REM mystery pop and of course whatever it is that has been passed down from their Flying Nun forefathers.
Things are still popping in Dunedin, New Zealand: the latest group to follow the example set by The Verlaines and the like are Shifting Sands, who play an indie-rock that is at once beautifully pop and buried under a layer of fuzz. Cosmic Radio Station is produced in such a way that the instruments slide together into one gorgeous haze: lovely.
Revolutionary Army Of The Infant Jesus have never managed chart success (such a surprise with that name), but they have become much loved by a close cult. Those listeners are likely to have their minds blown by news of Beauty Will Save The World, as it is their first record in 18 years. Mystic beauty on Occultation.
If there ever were a tax-funded project to praise the true British pop folk music, it would sound like The Granite Shore. With their debut album Once More From the Top, these fine fellows under the guidance of Nick Halliwell sing of the pastoral life, subtly reminiscent of late 60s and 70s pop compositions.
June Brides are one of the more welcome of the constant deluge of re-groupings from the 80s. Led by the quietly adored songwriting legend Phil Wilson, this new three-tracker is sure to appease old balding indie kids like myself and hopefully win them some younger converts with labels such as Captured Tracks and Slumberland forever supping heartily from the overflowing full pint that is the post-punk/C86 sound. The June Brides were seemingly always the bridesmaid. A very pretty one however - help her off that shelf, she's got a bit of cramp bless! Yes, they were even once on the cover of the NME. Legends.
- Vinyl LP (YMIR7DC017)
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