5. To Do – Go To The Marshes
The story goes that Tedo Stone was born to play rock’n’roll. The son of a musical father, his family home in Covington, Georgia, was a place where, “bass guitars were handed down like old sweatshirts.” He’s now based out of Atlanta, but the music remains and he’s set to release his second album, Marshes later this year on This Is American Music.
In an attempt to grab the world’s attention before then he has shared the first cut from the album, The Marshes. It’s a track that’s part T-Rex glam stomp, part Neil Young southern-fried guitar riffing, all laced through with a knack for a big pop hook and a voice somewhere between Jim James and Ryan Adams, all rather brilliant as you can imagine!
Marshes is out September 18th via This Is American Music. Tedo Stone tours the USA in September, he currently has no dates lined up in the UK.
4. Wavves of Flamez
After a series of angry tweets in the direction of Warner Bros. Records it initially didn’t seem that likely we’d see a new Wavves record anytime soon. Luckily Nathan Williams seems to have settled his disputes and the new Wavves record will arrive in the Autumn.
This week the band shared a second track from the album Flamezesz. The track is two minutes of noisy, fuzzy guitars, rapid-fire drums and a gently yelped vocal, essentially it’s a classic Wavves single, and all the better for that!
V is released via Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros. Records on October 2nd. Wavves embark on a US tour in September.
3. A Case Of Daylight Library
London based quintet The Leaf Library have announced details of their debut albums release. Entitled Daylight Versions, the album will be out later this year on the ever excellent Where It’s At Is Where You Are label.
While they were at it they shared the album’s first single, Rings Of Saturn. The track, apparently inspired by the disappearing coastline of Suffolk, showcases a subtle change of direction from the band. Whilst their previous singles hinted at the buzzing drone-pop of bands like Electrelane, this is an all together more lush orchestral beast. It gently unfurls over its near five minutes, with shades of British Sea Power at their most contemplative or The Magnetic North’s dabbles with soundtracking the isle of Orkney. It might be their debut album, but they sound like a band whose sound is developing just perfectly, it could just make for a very special record.
Daylight Versions is out via wiaiwya on October 30th.
2. Sweet Time Piece
We mentioned Sweet Baboo in this list just a few weeks back, but his latest single, You Got Me Time Keeping is just too darn enjoyable to ignore. His ode to a girl who’s got him turning up early just so, “you don’t have to wait around for my love” is just a beautiful slice of orchestral pop, Stephen admitting quite openly that it’s his failed attempt to write a song like Scott Walker’s The Electrician, luckily for us his natural tendency towards sunny pop got in the way!
It’s the latest track lifted from his hotly anticipated new record The Boombox Ballads, an album he has described as his attempt to understand what it is to be a “singer” rathen than a “singer-songwriter” and see’s him channel classic songwriting from Harry Nilsson through to Northern-Soul.
The Boombox Ballads is out August 14th via Moshi Moshi Records. Sweet Baboo plays two-sets at Greenman festival before embarking on a full UK tour in September.
1. Sleeping Flowers
A funny old couple of months for the London-via-Humberside five piece Night Flowers. Original female vocalist (and tambourinist) Hetty left the band to pursue non-musical exploits and was replaced by Oklahoma-born vocalist Sophia, also of The Skipping Forecast.
New single Sleep, is the first track to showcase the new line up, a slice of perfect dream-pop with nods to the likes of Puressence and even a touch of Stereolab. Sleep is the sound of a band growing ever more confident and embracing there tendencies for drifting melodies and driving, expansive guitars, all of which bodes beautifully for their very promising future.
Sleep is out on Limited Edition 7″ Vinyl via Dirty Bingo Records on September 25th. Nightflowers play Kendal Calling and a single launch at The Victoria in London on September 24th.
And finally, a brief look at the most popular option in personal grooming at this years Indietracks – Paparazzi Repelling or the return of Hair Metal, anyone who was anyone was wearing the hair over the face look…Vive La Hairolution