Listen to A Place To Bury Strangers’ ‘I Need You’ from their Hologram EP

A Place To Bury Strangers are no strangers to noise, distortion and heavy effects. Sometimes it’s used for abrasive purposes but here those elements are like a warm sonic cocoon. Tendrils of electricity embrace the listener, pulling them up into the clouds on a dreamy bed of splintering guitar notes and gauze-like feedback, while the vocal and bass hold the centre in a zen-like state. … Continue reading Listen to A Place To Bury Strangers’ ‘I Need You’ from their Hologram EP

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

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 … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: JW Francis – New York

NEW MUSIC: Mockcharge – Marauder

New York metal trio Mockcharge deliver in spades on their recent single ‘Marauder’, with its breakneck speed riffs, deadly screams and at its mid-point it drops gears and gets low-slung and sleazy before a hi-hat count-off sends the song to its crashing conclusion. To our ears it sounds like a beautiful collision between Motörhead and White Zombie. Of the track the band say: “This song … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Mockcharge – Marauder

NEW MUSIC: Tallinn – At The Freeport

Liquid bass, stuttering heartbeat rhythms and melodies that fold in and out of the mix, overlapping dancing with free-spirited interplay. These are the hallmarks of Tallinn’s track ‘At The Freeport’, an art-pop song that inhabits a beautiful sonic space. The song comes from Varieties Of Exile II, the second in a series of EPs from the New York-based experimental pop project of Scott Whittaker. Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Tallinn – At The Freeport

NEW MUSIC: Dante Mazzetti – Cold Rain

The spirit of Tom Waits is strong on this song from New York songwriter Dante Mazzetti. The skeletal jazz bones and intimate, smoky vocal delivery bring to mind Waits but as the song progresses you can also hear a bluesy Bad Seeds-styled rousing delivery gradually encroach on the pared back sound of the song. ‘Cold Rain’ comes from his recently released new EP Hotel Vol. … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Dante Mazzetti – Cold Rain

NEW MUSIC: JW Francis – Lofi

When he hits the central tangled and tumbling guitar riff, JW Francis sounds like the lovechild of The Strokes, Real Estate and Talking Heads on this smart earworm of an art rock single. ‘Lofi’ is the second of three singles he’s released in 2019. Check out the others too – ‘Is That The One’ in particular is excellent. Francis was born in Tulsa Oklahoma, raised … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: JW Francis – Lofi

NEW MUSIC: Flaccid Ashbacks – On and On

What at first sounds like a generic noisy indie rock song from New York psych-pop explorers Flaccid Ashbacks takes some really interesting twists and turns over its five minutes. From a Sunny Day Real Estate emotive outlay through to a mid section with sharper edges and into its contrasting country strum that sounds like Pavement. It adds up to a restless yet still captivating sound … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Flaccid Ashbacks – On and On