It seems that bands and musicians are a bit more bored than the rest of us and are filling their time writing songs about ‘isolation’. This week I received 14,876,124 of them, a couple of which are below.
Mostly though, I am just trying to concentrate on ‘non isolation music’ (there are lots below) and try and keep a bit of a sense of normality about the blog. So if you have any songs about badgers, hairbands, the best type of fish fillets, carrots, elasticated waistbands. triplets (be they human or animal), socio pragmatic failure in eastern european athletes, retro modems, cups with hearts on them or cup design patterns in general…then please submit them, just not your 2411 isolation ones.
Finally, I am not going to bother to ask you to support any of the acts below that you may like fiscally as I usually do, as most of us are facing (or will be) our own tribulations right now…but social media love is free and just as valuable, so give generously.
Hope you and yours are all safe and well and lets all listen to some lovely music together to reduce the feeling of isolation.
The Shop Window
Track: Mannequin Lies From: The State of Being Human (EP) Label: Talking Shop Records Out: Album release date TBA
Although this retro post-post punk slice of jangle does nothing to shift the parameters of what has gone before, it never really needs to, when it portrays the stylistics of the best of early Creation Records / denser moments of the New Order arsenal so brilliantly.
Low Key Crush
Track: When You Were Leaving From: When You Were Leaving (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
Melbourne based duo who forego the usual jangle-clatter that is so brilliantly indicative of their City’s scene, to create this perfect pop melody crafted from the most slow burning and beautiful of jangled fires.
Track: Summer In Love From: Summer in Love (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
Four piece London based project led by the luxuriant, laconic vocals of Chi Limpiroj and whisked away to some far off warm clime (without COVID) on the strings of gorgeous, floating jangled riffs. Truly beautiful stuff!
Track: OFF/ON (Don’t Give In To Fear) From: QUARANTUNES: Songs From Self-Isolation #6 compilation) Label: Burger Records Out: Now
With the melodic fuzz intentions of Jetstream Pony and the sweet vocal delivery of any number of the Sarah Records chanteuses of yesteryear, the Death Hags top the list of the many highlights on this ‘COVID Compilation’.
Track: Lunar Lines From: Home Demos: Pt 1. Label: Self released Out: Now
Juxtaposing the echoed distance and de-personalisation of Joy Division / The Stone Roses to the jangly end of the psychedelic spectrum, this London/Norwich based three-piece create a sound that touches on post-punk, but is ultimately too vibrant to really settle there.
Track: Daffodil Hill From: Split (EP). Label: Self released Out: Now
Jangly guitar-rock with the sun-kissed rumble and melodies of a slacker infused Surf Curse type act. The sort of act you could easily idle away an afternoon drinking cold ones on a beach somewhere and consider it time perfectly spent.
Track: Oceans From: Oceans (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
There is a fine line between incorporating too much jangled beauty into a Shoegaze aestheic and juxtaposing too many melody shattering effects into the potential beauty…Brooklyn based TARA really do find the perfect mix.
Track: Wine & Roses From: Leave It All Behind (album) Label: BIRTHDIY Out: Album out now
The Bandcamp bio of this Birmingham, UK based artist proclaims the status of ‘lo fi prince of darkness’. The actual sound though falls somewhere between this sense of foreboding and the jangled, lucid soundscapes of a Wake In June type act…another act managing to foster a genuine sense of originality.
Track: Empty From: Stadium (demos) (EP) Label: Self released Out: Now
Varsity Dad creates the jangled, chiming riffs of Foliage and then adds just the right quota of fuzz-pop to steer the track towards some grumbling grit. A great track.
Track: Empty From: Empty (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
Lebanese act courses Mazzy Star hushed melancholy through hushed, slow burning jangled atmospheres, to create all manner of subtle, beautiful soundscapes.
Track: Hospital From: Hospital (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
New name/version of Something Better, Sleepover‘s Spotify bio describes them as ‘post-indie, post punk, garage, lofi freak-folk with psychedelic synth-pop leanings’, which is probably about right…the notable exception to the explanation is that they infuse their sound with the most beautifully haunting jangled riffs you could imagine!
Track: Words From: Stray Owls Vs Time & Space (album) Label: Self released Out: Album out 08.05.20
Fuzzy psych-rock that never forgets the need for melody or jangle…superb flyer single from a sophomore album that promises to deliver.
Track: Halfway From: Dendrons (album) Label: Earth Libraries Out: Album out 24.04.20
Flyer single from the soon to be released self titled album. This is the best industrial rock jangle mix you have heard…it’s also probably the only industrial rock / jangle mix you have heard !!! …totally spellbinding in originality and dynamism.
The Legends / Pernilla Andersson
Track: Save Yourself From: Save Yourself (single) Label: Golden Islands Out: Now
This threatens to tread just that little bit too close to commercial territory. However, the spindly jangled riffs and beautiful dream-pop atmospheres / vocal delivery keeps it on an ultimately special trajectory.
Calamari For Lunch
Track: In The Lounge From: In The Lounge (single) Label: (R)esisto Distribuzione Out: Now
Five piece Italian outfit that ooze menace and foreboding with their strange, but beguiling renditions of Alabama 3 doing Psyche rock.