Single Review – Pinkshinyultrablast – Umi

‘Umi’ is the first single to be released from Pinkshinyultrablast’s upcoming studio album Everything Else Matters which is to be released in January by the St. Petersburg shoegaze band. The band and their music was born out of the stagnant music scene in the city saying that “we realised the local indie scene was totally boring and wanted to play something radically different.” The single opens with a siren-like guitar with rapid and tumbling percussion falling upon it. The bass comes in to string these two instrumentals together along with the sweeping, wistful vocals that glaze over the main body of music to give it a sense of balance and add to it’s potential space and atmospheric quality. This allows for the main body of music to fall in and out of this floating melodic ‘mist’ to only emphasise the rhythm and distant urgency of the instrumentals. A soft edged and fluid track that is available on November 10th.

Single Review – Pond – “Elvis” Flaming Star

Perth’s Pond are to return with their sixth studio album on January 26th in their recent announcement for Man it feels like Space Again. Following on from last year’s Hobo Rocket; current and former Tame Impala members such as Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson and Cam Avery will be looking to better their fifth studio effort which was solid and musically flamboyant, yet this did not stretch out to the whole album which was at times lacking diversity. It was in fact one of the few weak points of the album which leaves a lot of optimism for their next LP. Their new track ‘”Elvis” Flaming Star’ has a more indelible rhythmic twist in comparison to their previous year’s work, with the hand claps, snappy percussion and sharp rhythm guitar sections. These are anchored by a rapid bass line and strung out via the echoed and loose fitting vocals. The track’s structure momentarily falls through the trap draw for a spaced out interlude before launching back into the infectious rhythms. A bold and exciting track that bodes well for their January release.

Single Review – Chvrches – Get Away

Chvrches have taken a little time out from their unrelenting showcasing of their debut album The Bones of What You Believe to offer up a contribution to the reworking of the ‘Drive’ soundtrack with the track ‘Get Away’. Foals, SBTRKT and Laura Mvula are just some of the artists taking part in the reworking of the 2011 film’s soundtrack, with Lauren Mayberry highlighting how “the kind of music in the original score fits in with what we are doing” when she was talking on the Zane Lowe show this week on Radio 1. The track has a simple clicking backbeat from which waves of distorted electronica flow outwards to then settle in to a chiming and expansive verse with Mayberry’s distorted and muffled vocal. The track then bursts into clarity and light for the chorus with crisp sounds and vocals with all pop melody and harmony. The song goes on to fade in and out of clarity to really hammer home the chorus in all it’s delicately formed and electronic splendour. A track awash with luscious synthetica.

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Sunday Suggestion – Crocodiles – Endless Flowers

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San Diego’s Crocodiles are some of the best purveyors of Lo-fi, psychedelic noise rock in the sunshine state of California. A fine example of the talents of Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell in this field of musical endeavour, is their 2012 single ‘Endless Flowers’ that is from the album of the same name. The warping rhythms ring out relentlessly throughout with the buoyant bass lines and the hammering percussion. The vocal is standing the middle ground of the instrumentals and delivers the lyrics cleanly, yet still with a hint of the deliberately lethargic and attitude laden. A nice and easy bit of noise pop to get lost in.

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