Always a bit of a smaller week for submissions directly after the masses received in and around ‘Bandcamp Be Nice’ day…but at least they tend to be fresh, brand new music, rather than a track from a 2012 EP with an extra semi quaver on the final bar (is that even a thing…?).
Either way, only 16 tracks this week but oozing genuine quality…remember please support these acts and your other favourite indie artists, with any fiscal purchases of their music and/or social media love that you can muster. Let’s do our bit to help them through these gigless, face-hanky times.
Track: Find My Way From: Find My Way (single) Label: Willow Records Out: Now
For those that love the whole jangly melancholic dream-pop sound of Community Swimming Pool, this fellow Scot accentuates the jangle and adds just a touch of surf to the best of ‘Scottish Melancolia’.
Track: Starlite From: Starlite (single) Label: Self released Out: Album out 23.10.20
Third single from the new project of Mike Lee (Fanclub and Letting Up Despite Great Faults). With precious indie-pop vocals juxtaposed against the slightest of a dense post-punk nuances, Family Mart tick just about every melancolic beauty box imaginable.
Track: Broken Wing From: Sun Goes Down (album) Label: Self released Out: Album out 23.10.20
The beautiful, traditional 80’s jangle-pop sound, of The Miracle Legion with a definite sense Americana proudly strutting around. The three singles off the forthcoming album promise that it will be one to satisfy the genre’s purists.
Track: Sun Is Shining From: Sun Is Shining (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
With a juxtaposition of Dayflower style dream-pop and Mazzy Star sultry, Washington’s Voluptuous Panic wrap everything in a beautiful sense of cinematic epic.
Track: Supersad From: Teenage Terrified (EP) Label: Specialist Subject Records Out: EP out 11 December 2020.
Accentuating the long standing Bristolian tradition of alt.jangle, Hamburger are the latest brilliant, jangly lo-fi rock act out of the City’s Specialist Subject Records label.
Track: Difficult But True From: 12 (album) Label: Self released Out: Album release date TBA
Fuzz-laden beauty that enables just the right amount of melodic to permeate the aural texture. After the brilliance of their recent Hana Was A Wrestler single, all follow buttons are firmly pressed to ensure I don’t miss the release of the forthcoming album.
Track: When You Walk In From: When You Walk In (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
With the cool of Soccer Mommy and the sweetness of Baby Girl, this London based chanteuse weaves beauty out of a lyrical tapesty of jumbled, break up emotions.
Track: Begonias From: Ornaments of Affection (album) Label: GTG Records Out: Now
Left field lo-fi jangle / Americana crossover, that typifies an album that reveals itself, after repeated listens, to be the ‘ultimate grower’. Truly laconic, blue collar beauty, from this Grand Rapids, Michigan, based act.
Albino Ski Monks
Track: Kiss Me From: Kiss Me (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
Garage rock, that shakes off slight alt. country inflections as the track develops and dives head long into hidden melodies amid fuzz-rock. Four minutes of total dynamism.
Track: Midnight In Manhatten From: Midnight in Manhatten (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
Wilco / Big Thief style, laconic introspection, juxtaposed against buoyant jangled, pop melodies. The perfect antithesis from this Dutch act.
Track: When Moon Sleeps From: When Moon Sleeps (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
Lo-fi jangly aesthetic that drips in so much melancholy that you might be tempted to dump it in the emo bin…if it was not just so intensely beautiful.
Track: Only A Whisper From: Only A Whisper (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
Londoner, doing indie-folk very much his own way, coursing twisted alt.jangled riffs through the most of precious of lo-fi nuances. Truly stunning.
Track: The Last Dive From: The Last Dive (single) Label: Elektrik Gold Out: Now
Having been signed by The Orchard (part of Sony), Los Angeles based, San Franciscan, Ethan Gold, looks set to continue receiving the critical acclaim that bubbling, guitar driven, contempo pop, tracks like this one deserve.
With his new Earth City album out in mid-2021, this artist is one that will really be able to put 2020 behind him!
Track: How It All Went Down From: Golden Repair (album) Label: Mai 68 Records Out: Now
Psyche rock that stays firmly rooted in 60’s west coast melodies, rather than drifting into the wizard’s armpit territory of all this new wave Australian stuff. Perfect psyche, to accompany the very concept of the sunny day.
Track: Will She Leave You From: Will She Leave You (single) Label: Off Tap Records Out: Now
Flirting with all things De Marco but remaining firmly in surf territories, Melbourne’s Majak Door’s latest single is undoubtedly their finest ear-worm yet.
Track: King From: Reflections of Ourselves in Scars Within Others (album) Label: Self released Out: Now
Unapologetic, melancolic shoegaze…but simultaneously the joy of total beauty, from the solo project of the incredibly talented, Daniel Romero.
Track: Pipeline Daisy From: 805-64 / Pipeline Daisy (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
Old school surf rock with the slightest of an alt spaghetti western feel. Feels like the lost track from a Tarantino movie.