Further Listening: Field Music, Health & Beauty, At/All, Botany, Laish, Douglas Dare, Givan Lötz, Nots, The Wytches, Heidi Talbot, Weyes Blood, Frankie Cosmos, Monomyth, Scarlet Rascal, BDRMM, Tom Brosseau, Warehouse, Pumarosa, Bloods, WTCHS and the excellent new video from Cass McCombs featuring Angel Olsen.
5. Gurr’s New Single Translates Well
A few weeks back we featured Moby Dick, a single by Berlin’s Gurr in this very column. This week the duo have shared their new single, Walnuts, the latest to be lifted from their upcoming debut album, In My Head, which is out next month via Duchess Box Records.
Walnuts is being jointly released alongside the German version of the same track, Walnuss. With our German language being non-existant, we’ll stick to reviewing the English translation though. The track builds around a steady, motorik drum pulse, ringing guitar tones and driving bass lines, it really livens when the duel female vocals chime in, it sounds not unlike Life Without Buildings’ Sue Tompkins fronting Hookworms, which is obviously brilliant. Another promising release from the childhood best friends, who look increasingly likely to make their teenage dreams of touring the world come true.
In My Head is out October 14th via Duchess Box Records. Gurr have a handful of dates in their native Germany, click HERE for details.
4. Speaking Of The BV’s
Like every other blog, we get somewhat inundated with unsolicited requests to feature bands, the vast majority of these aren’t great, but amongst the swathes of poorly produced metal bands, country singers in cowboy hats and sickly sweet singer songwriters, you occasionally stumble across a gem: The BV’s are one of those gems.
The BV’s are a duo of Josh from Falmouth and Fred from Augsburg, and they’ve got an album coming out next year on German label, Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten. These are the only two pieces of information The BV’s provided us with, but thankfully the music speaks for itself. Their new single Speaking From A Distance is a shimmering piece of music from the place where indie-pop and shoegaze collide; a world of guitars that jangle heavy with reverb, drums tick a distant steady rhythm, and echoing vocals, drip with the sweet sound of melancholy. Lovely stuff, and well worth keeping an eye on.
The BV’s debut album will be released early next year via Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten.
3. The Anxiety Of The Road
Nashville guitar-genius, William Tyler, released one of our favourite albums of the year, the dreamy, instrumental soundscape that was Modern Country. This week ahead of some upcoming US tour dates, William has shared the video to one of the album’s best tracks, Highway Anxiety.
While much instrumental music has a habit of falling into a slightly cliched type of subtle beauty, William’s music is somehow richer. Equal parts Leo Kottke and Pink Floyd, these are wordless stories that paint pictures of life in the American South. The accompanying video takes on a journey across America, presenting us with the barren landscapes, and stunning vistas, it’s the exact images the music brings to mind, and it’s just as beautiful.
Modern Country is out now via Merge Records. Click HERE for all upcoming William Tyler shows.
2. Real Numbers Are A Band Of Few Words
Minneapolis quartet Real Numbers, have this week revealed details of their upcoming debut album, Wordless Wonder, out next month on Slumberland Records. The much anticipated release has been ten years in the making, since the band formed back in 2006, they’ve released an array of singles, and EP’s since, but this is the first fully fledged Real Numbers release.
Whetting appetites ahead of those releases, Real Numbers have this week released a sparkling new single, Frank Infatuation, which apparently charts the band Television Personalities’ fall from John Peel’s good graces. Musically there’s a touch of label mates Expert Alterations mixed with the sludgy bass of Primitive Parts, and the no-fi vocal sound of Terry. They may have kept us waiting for a decade, but if all of Wordless Wonder is this good, Real Numbers are worth hanging around for.
Wordless Wonder is out October 14th via Slumberland Records. Real Numbers are currently on an East Coast of the USA tour, click HERE for details.
1. A Scale Model Of Georgia Ruth
It’s fitting that on the week of the Welsh Music Prize shortlist’s announcement, former winner Georgia Ruth should return with a rather wonderful new single. Fossil Scale is the title track from Georgia’s upcoming album, her first since the prize winningly acclaimed debut, Week Of Pines.
Georgia’s new record is the result of a change of song-writing method, switching her previous tool, the harp, for the most expansive sounds of the piano. Based on her new single, it was a very good decision; Fossil Scale is all together more funky than Georgia’s previous output, featuring the sort of staccato rhythms and bass-slink that Field Music would be proud of. It’s a track that suggests Georgia’s moving well and truly out of the folk pigeon hole, add that to the fact that her stunning vocal has never sounded better and expectations for the album just went through the roof.
Fossil Scale is out October 7th via Navigator Records. Georgia Ruth plays a handful of UK dates in October – click HERE for details.