New Zealand (UK-based) band Popstrangers are back with a new single, their first released on Rice Is Nice Records and their first new music since 2014. ‘Are Pigeons Doves?” drifts along with a hypnotic, ethereal feel. There’s a tinge of Radiohead in the underlying tension, high register vocal and drum-less arrangement. Popstrangers explain: ‘Are Pigeons Doves?’ is about the conversation I had with a friend, where he … Continue reading POPSTRANGERS RETURN WITH NEW SINGLE, ‘ARE PIGEONS DOVES?’

NEW MUSIC: Syndrom Samazvanca – Alimpijada-20

Cosmic Krautrock rhythms, mystical atmospheric electronica and psychedelic space rock are the orders of the day on this superb instrumental track from this Belarusian duo. They cite both CAN and King Gizzard as influences and that’s a good description of the heady grooves at play on this track. The song comes from Syndrom Samazvanca‘s (translated as “imposter syndrome”) new album Sonk, out now via streaming services … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Syndrom Samazvanca – Alimpijada-20

NEW MUSIC: Black Country, New Road release new single ‘Snow Globes’

Black Country, New Road have just shared a new single titled ‘Snow Globes‘, the fourth track to be taken from their second album, Ants From Up There, which will be released February 4 on Ninja Tune. Last year’s For The First Time was our favourite album of 2021 so we’re damn excited to hear the new one in a few weeks! The track sees the band shift between delicacy and … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Black Country, New Road release new single ‘Snow Globes’

NEW MUSIC: Aldous Harding releases new single ‘Lawn’ and announces new LP

Aldous Harding has released her new single/video ‘Lawn’ today and announced that her new album Warm Chris will be released on March 25th via 4AD. For Warm Chris, the New Zealand musician reunited with producer John Parish, continuing a professional partnership that began in 2017 and has forged pivotal bodies of work (Party and  Designer). All ten tracks were recorded at Rockfield Studios and includes contributions from H. Hawkline, Seb … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Aldous Harding releases new single ‘Lawn’ and announces new LP

NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Cong! The Singer

Here’s another winner from Melbourne artist Cong Josie, the frayed nerve endings of ‘Cong! The Singer’. It’s an urgent and insistent sound, shrouded in electronic anxiety and the sweaty palmed fever dream delivery of Alan Vega from Suicide. Psychobilly meets cold wave art pop. Cong Josie is the moniker of Nic Oogjes of Heat Beat ensemble NO ZU and his new album Cong! is a … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Cong! The Singer

NEW MUSIC: Animal Collective release the clip for their new single ‘Prester John’

Animal Collective return with their brand new single ‘Prester John’, the first taste of their new album Time Skiffs and the first new music from the band since Painting With in 2016. The song retains the band’s signature psychedelic and kaleidoscopic sound, loping along on a trip-hop beat and a warm synth and bass propulsion. It reminded me of Clinic in parts but still with … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Animal Collective release the clip for their new single ‘Prester John’

NEW VIDEO: Low – More

Low‘s new album SO WHAT is set for release via Sub Pop on September 10th and they’ve just released the video for their latest single ‘More’, which follows their previously released singles,  ‘Days Like These‘, and ‘Disappearing‘. Directed by Julie Casper Roth, this new video metaphorically explores the Sisyphean task of dismantling structural oppression, through gender biases. Tracklisting:1. White Horses2. I Can Wait3. All Night4. Disappearing5. Hey6. Days … Continue reading NEW VIDEO: Low – More

NEW MUSIC: Dolphin Midwives – Break

Cascading digital droplets of synths and celestial vocals abound on this track from Dolphin Midwives‘ recently released album Body Of Water. The work of Sage Fisher, the effect of nature meeting humans in a symbiotic digitised future. Reverb, delay, pitch adjustment and more effects create the microtonal otherworldly experimental art-pop sound, along with her harp playing. The closest comparison would be Bjork I guess – … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Dolphin Midwives – Break

NEW MUSIC: Franz Kirmann & Roberto Grosso – In Waves

Dark cosmic sounds abound on this recently released track by French electronic musician/producer Franz Kirmann & Italian guitarist Roberto Grosso. Much like the Fabels track we’ve also posted this week, this one also had us casting our mind back to the creeping electronic sounds of Massive Attack. No vocals here though, all of the atmosphere is created by haunting, see-sawing synths, processed and hypnotic guitar … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Franz Kirmann & Roberto Grosso – In Waves

ALBUM REVIEW: Black Midi – Cavalcade

Black Midi Cavalcade Rough Trade / Remote Control Records The new wave of prodigious, forward-thinking and bold UK musicians continues unabated as we near the middle of 2021. With the underground jazz scene taking its divergent strands overground to international acclaim and songwriters and players of the experimental indie rock persuasion, who were barely born when Radiohead released OK Computer, soaking up and reimagining all … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Black Midi – Cavalcade

NEW MUSIC: Held By Trees – In The Trees

Here’s a fascinating new project for fans of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis. Seven musicians who were involved in the Talk Talk albums Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock and Hollis’ solo LP have come together as Held By Trees, led by producer/composer David Joseph. They approached the recording in a similar way as they did under Hollis – emphasising spontaneous improvisation and keeping the best … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Held By Trees – In The Trees

NEW MUSIC: Drongo – Neshorn

Drongo is an eight-piece band from Oslo, Norway, playing music belonging somewhere between Krautrock, techno, afrobeat and math rock. The band’s line-up includes a drummer, one percussionist, one bassist, two guitarists and three keyboardists.  ‘Neshorn’ is from the band’s debut album 1, that was released on April 16th. It swings with a primitive Krautrock repetitive intensity, gathering steam as it charges forth, all fractured, worn … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Drongo – Neshorn