Five Things We Liked This Week – 25/08/2016

Further listening: Kiran Leonard, MJ Hibbett & The Validators,  Tanya Gallagher, Bamboo, SeismographHiss Golden Messenger, Big Deal, Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards,  EZTV, Emily Wells, Lowly, WL, Crying, Car Seat HeadrestNo Age, Flock Of DimesSunjacket, This Is The Kit, Dennis Callaci, Power AnimalTyrannamenGregor, Michael Nau. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam and Sharon Van Etten.

5. Tangerine Dream

London’s premiere alt-pop quartet named after a classical composer, Teleman, have this week shared the video to their superb new single Tangerine. The track is coming out to coincide with a series of festival appearances and their upcoming UK tour, the band’s largest to date, including a show at the frankly humongous Forum.

Building around a ferocious stab of guitar, and meandering synth line, Tangerine is Teleman at their most hooky and hummable, the pulsing bass runs of the chorus are particularly wonderful. Lyrically it’s either about a man in love with some fruit, or Tangerine is a pet name, we prefer to imagine it’s the former, if just for the image of a Tangerine doing the foxtrot. The accompanying video, directed by Andy West, is filmed in Moth club and involves magic, fruit and the faded glamour of Working Men’s Club talent shows. Teleman are having a rather wonderful year all in all, and with a record as good as Brilliant Sanity, it’s not hard to see why.

Brilliant Sanity is out now via Moshi Moshi Records. Click HERE for details of all upcoming Teleman shows. 

4. The Mightee Sea

Today see’s the release of Sheffield quartet Thee Mightees second album, Glimmer. This week they’ve shared the video to a new track from that record, Shining Sea. The video sees the band take us on a tour of their home city, only missing out much in the way of landmarks or sites of interest.

Thankfully, much better than the video is the song, Glimmer is a fabulously summery slice of jangling, lo-fi pop. There’s a touch of Expert Alterations about the guitar tone, while the vocal has the same lackadaisical charm of The Goon Sax, without the Australian twang. Okay there’s a lot of this sort of thing about, but Thee Mightees are better at it than most, and this single is nothing short of charming.

Glimmer is out today via Chud Records/Fuzzkill Records. 

3. Hazel Is Doing Fine

It was but two weeks ago we discovered Hazel English, but this is already her second appearance in this feature, and if she keeps writing songs this good it wont be the last. Following on from her excellent first offering, Never Coming Home, Hazel has this week shared the second track from her upcoming EP in the shape of the record’s closing track, I’m Fine.

I’m Fine is another slice of heartbreaking, hazy pop; glacial synths playing off against a bass line that perfectly represent melancholic summer evenings and watery sunsets. Lyrically the track deals with Hazel’s struggles with anxiety, as she puts it, “it’s about struggling with something nobody else can see and trying to act like everything is fine when it’s really not.” The hype surrounding Hazel is currently pretty deafening, but if the rest of her EP is half as good as the tracks we’ve heard so far, it’s going to be more than deserving of all the attention it’s getting.

Never Going Home is out October 7th via House Anxiety/Marathon Artists. 

2. Slowcoaches Are Giving Nothing Away

Having quietly made a name for themselves through a series of impressive live shows, London via Leeds punk-trio Slowcoaches have this week shared a new single, Norms & Values, as well as confirming details of their debut album, Nothing Gives.

While we’ll have to wait until the distant future, well December, to here the album in full, Norms & Values serves as a thrilling aperitif for the record to follow. A blur of loose, rapid drums and ferocious, driving, power chords, the whole thing is given life by a vocal that’s pure attitude, singer Heather repeating, “your style is lacking substance” as if she’s seen all these fakers somewhere before. It does, we’re sad to report, last for over three minutes though, the bloody prog-heads.

Nothing Gives is out December 2nd. Slowcoaches play London’s Moth Club tomorrow night – click HERE for details.

1. Angel’s Sister Act

The build up to Angel Olsen’s new album, My Woman, has been less a traditional hype building exercise as a series of musical curve balls. Intern suggested Angel was headed towards slick electro, while Shut Up, Kiss Me was an attitude heavy slice of power-pop. This week Angel has confused and amazed us once more with the latest taster, Sister.

Sister is a fabulous slice of blissed out soft-rock; imagine Stevie Nicks singing with The War On Drugs, with Neil Young on guitar, and it won’t be half as good as this sounds. It’s a complete departure from the other material on the record, even the silver wig that seemed to stylistically be shaping the record has been ditched. The accompanying video instead taking us on dreamy voyage through a sun-drenched suburban landscape; there’s a touch of Sofia Coppola’s film, Somewhere in the uneasy, familiarity of it all. What is My Woman going to sound like? Well we’re not really any closer to knowing, but we’re fairly confident it’s going to be spectacular.

My Woman is out September 2nd via Jagjaguwar. Angel Olsen tours the UK in October, click HERE for details.

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