We preview six new releases for the week ending 31/08/12



DIVINE FITS | Divine Fits

The combined talents of Britt Daniels (Spoon), Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) and Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade) have joined forces and recorded their self-titled debut that pretty much sounds like what you would expect from the trio. Delivered with the kind of energy you get when musicians successfully try new things with new people, this’ll hook in many listeners as we head into the southern summer.

OREN AMBARCHI | Saggitarian Domain

Oren Ambarchi only recently released his excellent Audience of One LP that saw him continuing to merge experimental sounds with more traditional song craft. Saggitarian Domain sees him furthering that approach but this time consolidating it into a single half hour track that traverses a range of sonic and compositional forms.

SWANS | The Seer

Already receiving massive praise, this album is being viewed as the summation of all that is Swans to date. It travels from the oppressive brain pummelling intensity that Gira’s band bring to their live performances to the more sun bleached gothic americana of his other group Angels of Light. At two hours long The Seer requires time, patience and submission and it delivers in spades.


After Merriweather Post Pavilion took Animal Collective to the front of the indie psychtronica pack there has been much anticipation about where they would head next. Not wanting to repeat themselves they’ve gone into a more tripped out, hazy and disorientating place. The melodies and percussive quirks are still there but they are layered, twisted and mangled into new shapes. This is the sound of a band saying ‘follow us if you dare’ to their most recently acquired followers.

BOOMGATES | Double Natural

The proliferation of bands (predominantly from Melbourne) that pay homage to 80s Flying Nun Records acts and their antipodean cousins like The Go-Betweens continues with the new album from Boomgates. Bands like Twerps, Dick Diver, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Bitch Perfect, Lower Plenty and others are all throwing post punk, psych jangle and slacker vibes into a mixer and releasing fantastic records. Boomgates includes Steph Hughes (Dick Diver), Brendan Huntley (Eddy Current Suppression Ring) in their ranks. On first listen Boomgates continue that hit rate with songs that trip (up), tumble and croon with a cosy familiarity.

JENS LEKMAN | I Know What Love Isn’t

The crooning Swede returns with his third album and continues the lush melodrama of his early works. This is literate baroque pop that swings from twee to smooth 70s MOR sounds – in a good way. Think High Llamas, Belle & Sebastian and Harry Nilsson.

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