As well as the five stand-out musical moments below, we would also take his opportunity to point you in the direction of new material from: Steve Gunn, Jenny Hval, Heavens For Real, Mistki, The Orielles, Whitney, Julia Jacklin, The Amazing, Let’s Eat Grandma, The Julie Ruin, Mothers, Fear Of Men, Quilt, Yung, In Letter Form, Wild Beasts, Gregory Alan Isakov, Braids, Skating Polly and Omni.
5. Le Bon Amour
LA-based, Welsh songstress Cate Le Bon has this week shared the video to her new single, Love Is Not Love. It is the second track to be lifted from her recent album Crab Day, you can read our full review of the, “ambitious, articulate pop” of Crab Day HERE.
Love Is Not Love is the stand out moment on Crab Day, the most accessible and melodically beautiful track, it explores the difficulty in living with and accepting love, and the all the baggage that can come with it. The accompanying video is typically Cate; a mass of lycra and interpretive, avant-garde dance routines, set in the grandiose splendour of a Berlin concert hall. Further evidence that Cate remains one of the world’s most idiosyncratic and intriguing artists, these are the musicians well worth cherishing.
Crab Day is out now via Turnstile. Click HERE for all upcoming Cate Le Bon live dates.
4. I Am The Weavesrus Coo Coo Ca Choo
Toronto four-piece Weaves have started 2016, rather aptly, by creating plenty of waves. Their much anticipated debut album is out next month on Memphis Industries, and sites from Pitchfork to The Sunday Times have been falling over themselves in excitement. This week the band have shared the latest single to be lifted from that album, in the shape of Coo Coo.
Coo Coo builds from a laid-back afro-beat groove, and singer Jasmyn Burke’s contrastingly anxious vocal, before the whole thing collapses into a delightfully messy anarchic crescendo, a blur of off-beats and angular, squalling guitar lines. Discussing the inspiration for the track Jasmyn has suggested it’s about unhealthy relationships, and the contrasting feelings of wanting someone you don’t want at all; musically it’s just as complex and exciting as a tumultuous relationship can at times seem. With a huge, two month UK tour and some high profile festival slots, you’re likely to be hearing a lot more from Weaves, and if you like them as much as we do you’ll be very glad about that.
Weaves is out June 17th via Memphis Industries. Click HERE for details of all upcoming Weaves shows.
3. Warhols In Parks
London duo Beds In Parks, the project of the intriguingly named J-Cat and F-Bomb, are a rather secretive pair. This week they’ve shared a new single, I’m A Warhol, and given it a release date, August 5th, and a record label, O-Genesis, but pretty much left it at that.
As attempts to get noticed go, it’s rather low-key, thankfully the music is anything but. I’m A Warhol is a clanging, slice of fuzzy garage-rock, all lazy slacker guitar thrash and pounding rapid drum beats. The vocals a two headed, male-female monster, one moment yelping and insistent the next a laid-back croon. The band’s sound is pitched somewhere between The Undertones and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as it turns out, a surprisingly enticing blend of influences. Presumably at some point we’ll get some more details on these Beds In Parks, for now there’s just the music, and isn’t there something refreshing about that.
I’m A Warhol is out August 5th via O Genesis Recordings.
2. A Thorn In The Side Brings No Joy
Montreal quartet, No Joy have this week confirmed details of their upcoming EP release, Drool Sucker coming out in July via Topshelf Records. They’ve also shared a slightly biting press release where they attempt to tell us they’re unclassifiable. They claim to be too brutal for “dream-pop”, too complex for “doom-shoegaze” and a band constantly evolving.
While we can’t claim to put all their back catalogue in a neat box, they have at least given us a new single to work on. A Thorn in Garland’s Side starts with a ringing phone, and a dirgy echoing drum beat, before exploding into gloomy-riffing and then resolving into a sweet melodic high as the vocals chime in, there’s shades of Fever Dream’s melodic shoegaze, but littered with driving bass lines, and snarling guitar menace all No Joy’s own. Whether Drool Sucker will help us reviewers pigeon-hole this fascinating foursome or not, well we’ll have to wait and see, but for now just, slightly confusingly, be very happy that there’s No Joy left in the world.
Drool Sucker is out July 15th via Topshelf Records
1. A Cass Of Mange
Prolific Californian songwriter, Cass McCombs has this week confirmed details of his upcoming eighth full-length album, Mangy Love. The record, which will be out later in the summer via ANTI-, was written between a bitter New York winter, and travels in Ireland.
As well as confirming details of Mangy Love, Cass has this week also shared the first taster of the record in the shape of a new track, Opposite House, which features the vocal talents of Angel Olsen. Opposite House is a gently pulsing beauty, all buzzing organs, rolling electric guitar-picking and heavy pulsing bass. In many ways it’s classic Cass, his vocal sounds as fabulously laid back as ever, but in the Bossa-nova tinged middle section, and Angel Olsen’s gorgeous backing croon there’s a freshness that makes it unlike anything he’s done before. It suggests that even eight albums in, Cass McCombs remains a progressive and fascinating musical talent, mangy or otherwise, his album is one that should give us plenty to love.
Mangy Love is out August 26th via ANTI-. Cass McCombs plays Field Day, and a show the following day at The Lexington in London, click HERE for all upcoming dates.