Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Out This Week

Five of the best tracks hitting UK stores this week.

Male Bonding - Bones


It's been a good year for bands taking a step up on their second album, and a great year for the resurgent Sub Pop label. London trio Male Bonding's sophomore effort Endless Now is out this week and showcases a slicker side to their gritty punk rock. Hit the download arrow below for a free sample.

Male Bonding - Bones by subpop

Male Bonding on Myspace

Buy the album.




Gold Leaves - The Ornament

From the home of Sub Pop - Seattle - come Gold Leaves, with a sound not unlike the city's recent heroes Fleet Foxes. New album The Ornament is full of grand American 'canoeing music'. The title track sounds like Phil Spector producing the aforementioned Fleet Foxes, and that's a very good thing indeed.

Gold Leaves - The Ornament by hardlyartrecords
Gold Leaves on Facebook

Buy the album.




Grouplove - Tongue Tied


Grouplove seem to have been preparing their debut album for years (although according to wikipedia they formed in 2009) but it's finally with us. Never Trust A Happy Song injects a healthy dose of upbeat fun into the autumn. Check out the joyous Tongue Tied.

Grouplove's website

Buy the album.




Mister Heavenly - Mister Heavenly


Supergroup Mister Heavenly are also on the Sub Pop roster and comprise of members from Man Man, Modest Mouse, Islands and The Shins. These guys clearly know what they're doing. Mister Heavenly starts of in a fairly unassuming manner before transforming into a melodic mini epic. Great stuff.

Mister Heavenly - Mister Heavenly by subpop

Mister Heavenly's website

Buy the album.



OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK

Okkervil River - Your Past Life As A Blast


Talking of which - the new single from Texans Okkervil River (taken from lastest album I Am Very Far) seems unassuming and pleasent enough upon first listen, but bear with it. Your Past Life As A Blast is a classic example of what is known as 'a grower' and it's every bit as gorgeous as anything produded by Will Sheff's side project, Shearwater. In fact it should sit along side Lost Coastlines as the band's finest work. Pick up the mp3 for free below.

Okkervil River - Your Past Life As A Blast by Pretty Much Amazing

Okkervil River's website

Buy the 7"




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