NEW MUSIC: Mallwalkers – Get Yr Cake

Coming on like an even twitchier, surging version of The Saints with horns and punk-edged rock n roll, Mallwalkers mix up a really nice sound on this new single. That cascading sound juts up against stop-start sections where things get jerky in a post-punk way. It’s a thrill a second from the Buffalo, NY band. ‘Get Yr Cake’ was the first single released from their … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Mallwalkers – Get Yr Cake

NEWS: Parquet Courts announce new 2021 album and release its first single

Today, Parquet Courts announce their new album, Sympathy For Life, out October 22nd on Rough Trade Records / Remote Control Records, and share the first single/video, ‘Walking at a Downtown Pace.’ On Sympathy For Life, Parquet Courts’ thought-provoking rock is dancing to a new tune. The album finds the Brooklyn band at both their most instinctive and electronic, spinning their bewitching, psychedelic storytelling into fresh territory, yet maintaining their unique identity. Built largely from … Continue reading NEWS: Parquet Courts announce new 2021 album and release its first single

ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

Squid – Bright Green Field (Warp Records / Inertia Music) The last year or two have felt like yet another golden period of forward-thinking UK music. There has been a fascinating sonic collision of indie, jazz, post-punk, art-rock and avant-pop that has thrown forth various musical enigmas such as Black Midi, Black Country, New Road, Shame, Dry Cleaning and the various jazz-based incarnations of Shabaka … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

NEW MUSIC: JW Francis – Maybe

JW Francis hits a super-melodic collision of indie pop and woozy, rich and warm hazy psych funk on this new track. You can hear the influence of acts such as Beck and Phoenix alongside contemporaries Mac DeMarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and even the more commercial indie pop strains of Boy Pablo. ‘Maybe’ is fun but it’s not frivolous, with sonic details in the rhythm section … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: JW Francis – Maybe

NEW SINGLE: Squid – Paddling [video]

UK avant post-punk group Squid have released another single from their forthcoming new LP Bright Green Field, out May 7th on Warp Records. “Written from two different perspectives, Paddling is a song about the dichotomy between simple pleasures and decadent consumerism. Recounting a familiar scene from Wind & The Willows, the song reminds us that although we are humans, we are also ultimately animals that … Continue reading NEW SINGLE: Squid – Paddling [video]

FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2020

Despite the weirdness and social and political fracturing of 2020, there were still plenty of great albums that saw the light of day – and that light was a salvation for many. You can check out our Post To Wire (alt-country, cosmic Americana & dark folk) Favourite Albums of 2020 HERE and Favourite AU & NZ Albums of 2020 HERE. Here are our 40 favourite … Continue reading FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2020

NEW MUSIC: The Budos Band – In The Tooth

Another slice of funk for DS readers today. This one is on the psychedelic side of the tracks – the new single from the always impressive afro-soul grooves of The Budos Band out of Staten Island NY. The spy themes, the noir aesthetic – slinky, shadowy and mysterious – is all over the track as it snakes its way across its out of the speakers. This … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Budos Band – In The Tooth

NEW MUSIC: The Bigfoot Collective – Bigfoot Strut

There’s a big New Orleans brass funk vibe happening on this recently released single by The Bigfoot Collective. There’s swagger and a nimble groove that lumbers along on the good foot, making it totally infectious stuff. Written by trombonist Thomas Voss and featuring a trumpet solo from Harrison Smith, the song showcases the inspiration that the 18-piece Adelaide, SA group draws from the New Orleans … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Bigfoot Collective – Bigfoot Strut

ALBUM REVIEW: Khruangbin – Mordechai

Khruangbin Mordechai Dead Oceans / Inertia After a busy few years touring and riding the wave of attention that their last album Con Todo El Mundo brought them, Khruangbin retreated to their Texas studio to begin work on their third album. Earlier this year we got a mixed bag EP with Leon Bridges but that was a stop gap. Mordechai is the band spreading their … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Khruangbin – Mordechai

NEW MUSIC: Telemachus – I Am Delicious And Cute. So I Will Go Buy Again

There’s some incredible sound design and programming going on in this track from South London-raised, producer Telemachus. His new album Boring & Weird Historical Music came out on 22nd May via High Focus Records and this is just one example of the splendid way he pulls different genres together while still allowing a glorious vacuum of space to exist around and within his music. As … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Telemachus – I Am Delicious And Cute. So I Will Go Buy Again

NEW MUSIC: Elephant Castle – I’m A Loser

UK psych and baggy indie combine with 60s melodies and 21st century psych-pop explorations on this new catchy and expansive track from Los Angeles-based singer and multi-instrumentalist ​Phil Danyew who played in Foster The People for six years before leaving to focus on his own music as Elephant Castle. Danyew calls the song “A tongue-in-cheek anthem for the underdog.” Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Elephant Castle – I’m A Loser

NEW MUSIC: Orchestra Gold – Maribayassa

The sounds of Africa have been explored, excavated and reissued with great enthusiasm in recent years – from the Soundways compilations to Soul Jazz’s Nigeria series and many more. The sound has filtered through into plenty of contemporary acts too – Goat come to mind with their mix of African, psych and Krautrock sounds and this Oakland CA USA group Orchestra Gold are another fine … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Orchestra Gold – Maribayassa