Smile - From Time To Time
No, not the pre-Queen band featuring Brian May and Roger Taylor, this particular Smile are a new Swedish duo comprising of Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn & John fame and Joakim Ahlund from The Teddybears (no, not the 1950s Phil Spector group...) and their debut album 'A Flash In The Night' is out this week. Check out the lovely kraut-pop of 'From Time To Time' (no, not a cover of the Ride song...).
Free download: 'From Time To Time'
Buy the album
Tassles - Shake Them Shackles
Keeping things much less confusing is Canadian producer Tassles who also has a new album, 'Pressure Mounts', out soon. It's available on tape or download and you can get a free sample in the form of the superb psychedelic drum and bass of 'Shake Them Shackles', a track that mixes psych-pop with samples and beats, which it turns out is a winning combination.
The album will be available from Pour Le Corps
GHXST - Doomgirl
GHXST describe themselves as "noise grunge" and they do indeed combine elements of noise-pop and grunge but also a heavy dose of shoegaze and JAMC scuzz-rock. The New York trio have just announced a UK tour for June where they'll be playing tracks from their first two EPs as well as new material including the excellent 'Doomgirl' which you can pick up below.
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VSP - Svenska Sauna
We recently featured a track from Finnish band VSP who we compared to Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. Well if you want further proof that they are indeed the Scandinavian Gorky's then have a listen to their new single 'Svenska Sauna' which is just the kind of off-kilter pop the Welsh indie heroes were creating in their pomp. Oh, and it's apparently about three businessmen going to a sauna in Sweden.
Mister 1-2-3-4 - Information Age Vampire
Tim Durland, or Mister 1-2-3-4 to you and me, is a producer based in Brooklyn. His debut album 'Wetwear' was released in December and this month he follows it up with a brand new single and free download 'Information Age Vampire'. It's a dark and menacing electro slow-jam with slightly creepy lyrics about obsession. A great track, but don't invite him in to meet your parents.
Mister 1-2-3-4's website
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