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.
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.
Bristol-based Kayla Painter has released a new EP called Cannibals At Sea. Taking influence from her mixed British and Fijian heritage, Painter creates a hypnotic and mystical piece of experimental music that takes in tonal explorations, drone, ethereal vocal layers and electronic and traditional instrumentation. The result is mesmerising, haunting and alluring.
Great sounds out of Charlottesville, VA on this track ‘Swells’. Stray Fossa are a trio who deal in atmospheric and dreamy indie rock. This one rids along on a melancholic afterthought of a vocal, backed by billowing guitar textures, synths, effects and a rhythm section that maintains a warm and steady pulse. It’s one of those immersive tracks to get carried away by. Romantically bruised guitar music.
Here’s a new tune from Ben Serna-Grey (Mother Anxiety), someone I haven’t come across before. ‘Father Time’ has a really interesting mix of drone and otherworldly folk music yet it’s placed in a compositional, electronic realm where the different sonic mediums are mixed and twisted, layered and densely woven together, to the point of static decay and fractal implosion. The result is quite mesmerising.
Grandaddy meets Spiritualized and Mercury Rev on this slice of widescreen psychedelia fromLos Angeles quartet Only Me. This track caught our ear with it’s slow and graceful swell and build. It comes from their 2018 album The Brighter The Sun…