NEW MUSIC: Jessica – Pictures

Jessica (one half of Jep & Dep) has just released her brand new debut album The Space Between on Bandcamp and ‘Pictures’ is the second single from to be drawn from what is a beautifully ethereal and immersive collection of songs.

‘Pictures’ rides a hypnotic guitar line reminiscent of Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood before Jessica’s vocal takes centre-stage, unfurling and overlapping with itself as she wanders a shopping mall before taking refuge in a dreamy and futuristic karaoke bar.

We’ve got a full album review coming soon but for now, dive in for yourself over at Bandcamp.

NEW MUSIC: Wolf & Cub – Close To The Edge

photo by Jos Eastwood

We loved ‘Blue State’, the first new single from the band and this one kicks with the same dark intent. Choppy verses that emerge into a widescreen rock chorus that swings like a heavyweight. Shades of QOTSA with a side serving of Fugazi just below the surface.

“’Close to the Edge’ is a commentary on a communication breakdown” states Joel Byrne“it’s essentially the soundtrack to a really bad argument, in particular the kind that tend to be carried out over social media. The main riff (and overall track) is intentionally a bit nasty and vulgar because it represents the uglier side of people’s personalities that tend to come out in the heat of the moment, particularly when their opinion or ego is challenged.”

The track comes form their forthcoming new album NIL which is set for release on Friday 20 November via Part Time Records / Remote Control.  

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).

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

NEW MUSIC: Elephant Castle – My Muse + Life In Outer Space

We recently posted the Elephant Castle track ‘I’m A Loser‘, which we loved. Now we’re stoked to also share the newer songs ‘My Muse‘ and ‘Life In Outer Space‘.

Both songs are further examples of the kaleidoscopic psych-pop goodness created by 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. The tracks are also great examples of how to imbue life and playful energy into psych sounds – which are often too sterile and lacking verve.

Of ‘My Muse’, Danyew says “It was inspired by the sacred and addicting process of creating – the feeling that music and lyrics are channeled rather than entirely self-generated.” Heading into the starry skies with ‘Life In Outer Space’, he describes the songs as “a cosmic love story that starts in a park and ends in outer space.”