Previously Kera & The Lesbians, KERA have joined up with folk musician Devendra Banhart for this beautiful slice of cosmic folk music that encourages and touts the joy and importance of communal support and resilience. It’s dreamy, heartfelt and gently soul-stirring stuff.
Blissed out hypo-indie sounds from New York drummer Alex Beckmann who records under the name MMBLR. ‘That Breeze’ is a nice mix of studio nous and songwriting. There’s a warm, bucolic mood to the song which possesses a stylistic blend of folky/trip-hop influences.
Almanacs is the work of Honduran sound artist Wilmer Murillo. ‘Love Peak’ is the title track from his album that came out a few weeks ago and its a beautifully aqueous piece of music that drifts on a warm sonic current of synths, conjuring up all kinds of constantly morphing images that form and dissipate into the aether.
Primer is the work of Michigan vocalist/producer Alyssa Midcalf who is also one half of Parts. The melancholic yet uplifting synth sound of TVI comes from her debut solo album Novelty, out March 1st on the Detroit label Young Heavy Souls.
The song works so well in the way that it doesn’t rely on the synths as a retro/nostalgic tool, they’re emotive and essential to the tone and resonance of the song.
Kick off the week with a dose of shoegaze courtesy of North American group Sungaze. It’s the warm season in this part of the world and this track, ‘New Familiar’, suits the weather perfectly with its warm, bucolic strum, hazy and blissed-out vocal and the light-tripping rhythm section. There are touches of Ride and The Charlatans in the dreaminess of the band’s sound.
Here’s a soaring, brisk slice of indie guitar pop courtesy of UK band FUR. ‘Him & Her’ channels The Beatles, The Kinks and The Las with a light psych touch and without ever getting too coy or knowing in their references. Infectious stuff.
Their self-titled EP will be released on February 14th via Nice Swan Records.
Courtesy of Greenland and producer Opeamp, here’s a nice piece of glitchy, industrial techno that inhabits some nice dark and dubbed out soundscapes. Think a less gauzy and smeared Burial and reminiscent of some of Photek’s work.
Farmertan might be a new name to our readers but they’ve been treading the boards since the early 90s, working away at their rootsy, indie rock n roll sound. This song ‘Madness’ comes from the Connecticut band’s brand new album Captains Of Industry (out now) and captures that parched melodic sound that bands like Big Star, The Replacements, The Lemonheads, Buffalo Tom and others perfected in their heyday.