24. 6. 2022

Singles of the Week (25//22)

1) DIIV - Sometime / Human / Geist


 Brooklyn, New York indie-rock / shoegaze band An unreleased song, demos, and a box set containing the band’s first three 7" singles 
DIIV—Zachary Cole Smith [lead vocals, guitar], Andrew Bailey [guitar], Colin Caulfield [vocals, bass], and Ben Newman [drums] 
 released June 24, 2022 
Before Oshin, there was ‘Sometime,’ ‘Human,’ and ‘Geist’... In 2011, a newly formed DIIV (known, at the time, as ‘DIVE’) created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut single ‘Sometime’; finding its way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork a mere matter of weeks after the group’s formation. They quickly followed it up with the equally great ‘Human’ and ‘Geist’, with the latter featuring a b-side cover of Kurt Cobain’s “Bambi Slaughter.” These very first offerings from DIIV chemically fused the reminiscent with the half-remembered, building a musical world out of old-air and new breeze. These are songs that remind us of love in all it’s earthly perfections and perversions, and work that ultimately put DIIV on the map, leading the way for the band to become a central influence on the sound and aesthetic of the 2010s Brooklyn indie music scene. Now, to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of their seminal debut album Oshin, all three 7”s will be repressed for the very first time since their original release. DIIV: “Looking back, these 7”s were really the thing that propelled the band into existence and pushed us to realize Oshin in the first place. This type of retrospective project wouldn’t feel complete without them.”
(EP, 7 x 3" vinyl out 19/8/2022 - Captured Tracks)

2) House Plants - Sleeping With Weird People

 News from jangle-pop Lisbon, Portugal band... 
EP 'Sleeping With Weird People EP', out in June 2022 via Spirit Goth. 
Written and composed by Guilherme Machado Correia Arranged by Guilherme Machado Correia and João Simões Produced by Miguel Vilhena and Guilherme Machado Correia Recorded, mixed and mastered by Miguel Vilhena Features Guilherme Machado Correia on vocals, bass guitar and electric guitar, João Simões on electric guitar, synths, fender rhodes and backing vocals, Dani Oliveira Royo on electric guitar and João António Nunes da Silva on drums. 

(EP - Spirit Goth)

3) The Umbrellas - Write It In The Sky

 News from San Francisco, California indie-pop band 
The Umbrellas are one of the most exciting bands to come from the indiepop underground in ages. Bursting out of the SF Bay Area's fertile indie scene, The Umbrellas come correct with a sound that fits snugly into a long line of classic pop, from The Byrds to Orange Juice, The Pastels, Comet Gain, Veronica Falls and Belle & Sebastian, along with a noticeable garage-pop/Paisley Underground flavor that is a hallmark of San Francisco's best bands. Their self-titled 2021 debut album dazzled with a dozen perfect pop tunes, charming the indiepop faithful but also winning fans outside the scene, leading to sold-out tours with bands as disparate as Ceremony and Destroy Boys. Now The Umbrellas are back with "Write It In The Sky," an instant-classic that simply demanded to be pressed onto a 7" single. Clocking in at just under 3 minutes, "Write It In The Sky" is a thrilling pop rush full of fuzz, melody and excitement that will sit easily next to singles by the likes of Talulah Gosh, Shop Assistants, The Pastels and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. It's really that good - a sure thing to enter the canon of perennial indiepop floor-fillers. On the b-side we have the heavier "I'll Never Understand," a slow, trippy song with a slightly-delic sound that builds to a noisy crescendo. The band really crushes this one on stage, and it's fast becoming a live favorite. Taken together they point to a mighty bright future for The Umbrellas, and we can't wait to hear what's next! 
credits releases June 24, 2022 

(digital, 7" vinyl - Slumberland)

4) Holy Ship - Beyond Frames

New single from Stockholm, Sweden Jonatan Westh shoegaze / psychedelic project official video for HOLY SHIP's "Beyond Frames" written and produced by Jonatan Westh Video directed by Jonatan Westh 

(digital, video - Fuga)

5) Standards - Cloudberry

 New single from math / rock emo / punk Los Angeles, California duo 
The new album ‘Fruit Town’ is out July 22 via Wax Bodega! 

(digital, video - Wax Bodega)
Still Motions - syn∙the∙sis /mini-album / EP/
Grass Landing - Sunbeam /EP/
Wolf Alice - Blue Lullaby' /EP/
digi single, video:
Arches - Candy / Elephant
Spielbergs - Every Living Creature
Bear Away - Wake Up and Smell the Floor
Codeine - Sea
Chat Pile - Why
Soft Set - Diamond
Launder - Intake
Stereolab - Robot Riot
De Lux - New Summers
Video Days - Bed
Letargik - & Again
Karel Gott - Babička (Stereoact Remix)


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