NEW MUSIC: The Fainters – Guide Me To Beauty

The jangle is strong on this one, the new single from Melbourne band The Fainters. Vocals flow like Belle & Sebastian branded honey as the band sit back on the beat and let the guitars chime over high-in-the-mix drums. ‘Guide Me To Beauty’ has a loose, melancholic feel that works a treat.

Just as you think it’s going to roll on in the same fashion there’s a soft distortion that enters the fray giving some grit and sonic caffeine. Lovely, unassuming stuff all round.

NEW MUSIC: Tristan Welch – Asset / Defect

Tristan Welch‘s track starts with a keening, searching feel. Slow vaporous tendrils reaching up and out into the aether. There’s an insistent quality to ‘Asset / Defect‘ but one that takes the uplifting route rather than a dark and foreboding path. As time ticks by, the sonic layers deepen and widen, with a dawning quality – the first rays rising slowly from the horizon.

Gradually the celestial peak is reached before Tristan retreats from the digital waves and a more tentative place of solitude takes centre-stage. Across 11 minutes he achieves what the best ambient and drone music does – take the listener on a journey, drawing them into a certain headspace.

Tristan Welch is a musician, artist and activist based in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. His focus is creating soundscapes via electric guitar, treated with electronics and loops that are drenched in reverb, delay, and distortion. He likes to call his compositions; heavy ambient movements.

NEW MUSIC: Slark Moan – The Shore

Slark Moan is the clever twist of a name that Nashville musician Mark Sloan records his solo material under. Pre-pandemic he spent a bunch of the time on the road as a hired gun for acts such as Kelsey Waldon, Margo Price, Sam Outlaw, Erin Rae and more, but when he’s at home he creates his own musical universe – writing, playing, recording and producing his songs.

You can hear a cosmic country streak running through his music but the dominant sound is a lightly psychedelic melodic one with lush instrumentation adding to his melancholic musings. There’s mention of artists such as Harry Nilsson, early Todd Rundgren and Emmit Rhodes and you can definitely hear them in his sound.

The single follows his two full-length albums – Superstition for the Consumer Romantic (2019) and Imperfect Music For Imperfect People (2017).

TMSV – Abyss Watcher

Drum & Bass is still alive and well, though it resides in the underground for the most part. That’s where it belongs too. Whenever it’s poked its head above the electronic parapets it gets thrown to the commercial wolves and loses it’s heavy heart and deep soul.

TMSV (Tomas Roels) is one producer who is keeping it righteous and real and this new cut, the debut release Sub Merchants label, is a dark and dextrous beast of a track. It hits hard, drops deep and rolls like a thing of beauty. Apparently the track is going to be one a number of singles that will make up a full compilation EP exploring the contemporary evolution of jungle music. 

TMSV has already self-released ‘jungle vol.1-4’ EPs and a number of other singles.

NEW MUSIC: Turtle Skull – Why Do You Ask?

Sydney, Australia psych explorers Turtle Skull hit a great hypnotic groove on this new track. There’s heavy and dark American desert psychedelia, streaked with a zoned-out English shoegaze vibe, particularly in the vocals. It lumbers and floats in equal weighty amounts, running the gamut from hard rock density to more ethereal overtones. Epic sounds abound.

Why Do You Ask? was one of the first tracks from this album we came up with,” begins guitarist/vocalist Dean Mcleod. “In fact it came about just after we made the first record. It kind of heralded the move in direction of what would become album 2. And when we play it live it’s often a medley with another track called Leaves. Come see us live to find out! (laughs)”

 “The song is about communication breakdown,” adds drummer/vocalist Charlie Gradon. “It was actually born out of a joke jam Dean and I had, we were pretending to be a gnarly punk band singing ‘fuck you!’ As loud as we could in the middle of the suburbs – we quickly realised the energy in the riff was actually pretty good, so we stopped messing about and wrote it.“

NEW MUSIC: JW Francis – New York

We came across JW Francis for the first time last year and we were impressed by the irrepressible psych pop rush and tumbling melodies he concocted. He’s hit the nail on the head again with the recently released single ‘New York‘.

He locks down the insistent rhythm and drapes it in tumbling, slightly askew, dreamy guitar lines. Wonderful stuff.

“I’m a licensed tour guide of NYC. This place has taught me so much. I wanted to write an homage, but also express how I feel, which is mostly contained in the first line of the song ‘I’ll sleep when dead.’”

JW Francis on Bandcamp

NEW MUSIC: Eoin Dolan – June Hope

The beautiful and ornate, baroque pop music of Eoin Dolan, from Galway, Ireland

On the song ‘June Hope‘, Dolan explores some wonderful tones amid a minimal yet lush instrumental backdrop on this recent single from his new EP of the same name.

Inspired by early John Lennon solo material, 1960s French pop and vintage calypso compilations, he’s already released three other EPs and three full length albums, which sound like they contain plenty of other psych pop nuggets, ripe for some sonic exploration.

For fans of Beck, Harry Nilsson, Bryan Estepa, Midlake, The Phoenix Foundation.

NEW MUSIC: Torrid Horror – An Ode To The Chair

Torrid Horror hail from the UK and they’ve concocted a maelstrom of a crazed sideshow attraction on this pummelling post-punk track ‘An Ode To The Chair‘.

The brilliance of it lies in the way they offset the manic chaos with the sing-song, gang-chant vocals and the mid-song jerk and groove breakdown before the madness rears its beautiful tropical punk head once again.

For fans of IDLES, The Horrors, Tropical Fuck Storm, METZ

“This is a song about revenge, and the exploitation of perceived weakness. It’s a story of a woman’s birth, the atrocities she commits, how she fights against the constraints of her disabilities and how she ultimately lets a murderous urge consume her.” – Caine