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White Noise Sound: Like a Pyramid of fire (Rocket Girl Records, 2015)

White Noise Sound

Han pasado algunos años desde su debut, y debo decir que en este segundo trabajo, aunque su comienzo es fulgurante, de alguna manera, su sonido se termina perdiendo en un piélago de sonidos más cercanos a la Electrónica psicodélica que a la auténtica lisergia representada por el sonido clásico de guitarras que usualmente concebimos como Psicodelia. Con todo, resulta un disco interesante de degustar.

“2015 sees the return of Welsh psychedelicists White Noise Sound with their second album ‘Like a Pyramid of Fire’.
After honing their craft across the UK and through Europe – with the likes of Super Furry Animals, The Warlocks, Spectrum, Mark Gardener (Ride) and members of Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and The Brian Jonestown Massacre – WNS completed their debut album in 2010 with the assistance of Pete Kember (Spacemen 3 / Spectrum / E.A.R) and magician Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals).
Released by cult California based label Alive Records (whose back-catalogue includes releases from The Black Keys, Beachwood Sparks, Iggy Pop and James Williamson and The Soledad Brothers) in 2010 (US) / 2011 (UK), the eponymous debut was greeted with widespread critical acclaim and WNS toured through Europe in its support.
‘Like a Pyramid of Fire’ sees the band take their trademark wall of sound – at once relentlessly pulsating and blissed-out – and conjure from it a sonic palette with range and depth. WNS worked closely with producer / DJ Phil Kieran and again with Cian Ciaran and the result is a metronomic and hypnotic onslaught of melody, groove and exploration which goes beyond the standard tropes of psychedelia” (Press)

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30 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | White Noise Sound | Deja un comentario

Pop 4: You´re no Aimee Mann (Single, 2015)

Pop barroco enviado por Pop 4 a la propia Aimee Mann que obtuvo respuesta inmediata de la misma:

“Oh, HELLO!! Um…I finally listened to this song. And I am embarrassed to report that it is actually fucking fantastic. It is WEIRD to hear my name come up in it, holy shit! But Wowie Wow!! Please feel free to pass along my comments to the relevant parties!”

Pues nada, yo, modestamente, lo difundo…

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29 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Pop 4 | Deja un comentario

Rhythm Scholar: He´s the greatest dancer (RS Remix, 2015)

Rhythmn Scholar nos continúa dejando joyitas en forma de Remixes y samplers de clásicos en este caso del baile. Esta es su visión (absolutamente actualizada y remozada) del He´s the greatest dancer de Sister Sledge.

“Sister Sledge: He’s The Greatest Dancer (Rhythm Scholar Funkdrop Remix). This 1979 disco classic gets Re-Funked, Re-Filtered and Re-Formed for your listening and dancing pleasure!” 

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29 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Rhythm Scholar, Sister Sledge | Deja un comentario

Jessica & The Fletchers: Connecting people (Discos de Kirlian, 2015)

Jessica & The FletchersCon ese atractivo slogan de telefonía móvil (aunque aquí lo que se comparte es un vaporizador contra el asma) se nos presenta el primer largo de los barceloneses Jessica & The Fletchers, todo un apetitoso plato de NoiseTwee aderezado convenientemente con todos los ingredientes favoritos de la banda: Sarah Records, el C86, el Twee-Pop, Talulah Gosh, VaselinesHeavenly… pero todo ello siempre recubierto de una espesa capa de muro de distorsiones. 
Creo que el plato es perfectamente apetecible…

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28 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Jessica & The Fletchers | Deja un comentario

Dolce: Gröna Höjder (2015)

Dolce son un dúo del norte de Suecia que se dedican a elaborar un sonido intimista y embaucador de sensaciones. Me suenan tanto a Beach House como al Pop francófono aderezando el conjunto con algunas gotitas de Mazzy Star. Puedes darle una oportunidad escuchándoles en su Ep de debut que os dejo…

“Dolce, a duo from northern Sweden, started creating buzz in the beginning of 2015 with a couple of singles making it on to acclaimed media asNME, Noisey/Vice and Pigeons & Planes. When listening to this 5 track debut EP we find ourselves in a space where Beach House and Swedish jazz legend Monica Zetterlund meet in Twin Peaks to make music together. It’s the fine, almost seamless, fusion between electronic and acoustic elements, together with Anna Levanders amazing vocals that makes this debut on the most interesting releases of 2015.
Dolce is Anna Levander and Leopold Nilsson. The video for title track “Gröna Höjder” was directed by Nilsson himself and was shot in native Umeå a couple of weeks back. Out now on all digital platforms through Nomethod Records” (Press)

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27 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Dolce | Deja un comentario

The Juliana Hatfield Three: Whatever my love (American Laundromat, 2015)

Whatever, My Love

Círculos Cerrados

Con Whatever my love, Juliana Hatfield de alguna manera cierra un círculo abierto en 1993 con su primer álbum con el formato The Juliana Hatfield Three: Become what you are. Un disco que supuso un hito en su carrera al consagrarla como una cantautora eléctrica de primer orden y elevándola a la categoría de compositora fiable. 
Whatever my love es la lógica continuación de aquel, toda una oda a las canciones sencillas, efectivas e inconformistas con las que Juliana es capaz de enamorarnos una y otra vez, disco tras disco. 
Invisible, Now that I found you, If only we were dogs, I´m shy, If I could, Push pin, I don´t know what to do with my hands… nos muestran a la Juliana de siempre, si acaso con un pelín de madurez a la hora del tratamiento vocal: su voz suena aquí imperial, como nunca, mezclando esa dulzura post-adolescente con su madurez personal. Una Juliana que nos ofrece unos temas que no envejecen, que nos presentan, como decía a la chica de siempre, modesta, sencilla, que con el tiempo encontrará el reconocimiento masivo que siempre se le ha negado y que probablemente ella no necesite para nada. 

“We haven’t totally reinvented the wheel or anything” with this new album and that the recordings exhibit “stuff I am sort of known for, I guess”: a guitar-centric melodicism and lyrical examinations of emotional confusion. “But I am a lot more confident now than I was then with the first album…”

Disco imprescindible para volver a comprender el Pop de guitarras hecho en los noventa y que representa mejor que nadie el resurgir de ese sonido en nuestros días. No en vano, TJH3 fueron uno de los protagonistas de entonces…

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24 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | The Juliana Hatfield Three | Deja un comentario

The Kinks: Autumn Almanac (Top of the Pops, 1967)

Hoy empieza oficialmente el otoño…

23 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | The Kinks | Deja un comentario

Knife Pleats: Hat Bark Beach (Wiaiwya Records, 2015)

“Knife Pleats is the newest project from the prolific Rose Melberg, whose past projects include Tiger Trap, The Softies, Go Sailor, Gaze, Imaginary Pants, PUPS, and several solo records. The first singles from the Vancouver-based project, which features Kaity McWhinney and Tracey Vath of Love Cuts and drummer Gregor Phillips, recall the sounds Melberg is most known for: crisp and bouncy guitar pop and heartfelt lyrics.
On “One Step Too Far,” Melberg contemplates the passage of time (“Please don’t change too much too fast these days won’t last long”) against lively arraignments. “Terrible” is slightly more pensive, a reflection of the inner workings of a relationship. Both tracks are sure to appeals to Melberg fans old and new” (Wiaiwya)

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23 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Knife Pleats | Deja un comentario

Legends of Country: Let´s talk about Country (2015)

La mitad creativa de The Boy Least Likely To (Jof Owentiene (como ya sabréis) un proyecto paralelo en el que tiene la posibilidad de fusionar su visión algo Kitsch del Pop con un género tan tradicional como el Country, eso sí, desde su faceta más fácilmente reconocible y asequible.
Y el experimento ha dado como resultado este Talk About Country, un álbum aparecido este mismo verano del que ya tuvimos bastantes adelantos y que puede llegar a no defraudar tanto a un entusiasta de un género tan claramente inmovilista como el Country como a un aficionado al Pop más sencillo y artesanal. Los cortes no tienen excesivas florituras y en casi todos ellos aflora un bonito aroma a Country & Western. Interesante.

“Talk About Country is the debut album from Legends Of Country, an English Alt-country band formed by Jof Owen from The Boy Least Likely To with Adam Chetwood and Rob Jones. Inspired by a long standing love of country music and memories of growing up watching Pebble Mill and listening to Johnny Cash and George Hamilton IV, their songs combine a classic old country sound with an honest and unmistakeable English indiepop charm. Heartfelt and uplifting with a truckload of chicken pickin’ and country swagger thrown in.
The ironically understated and reflective lyrics take on the absurdities of modern life and middle age, the depressing reality of ageing and the frustrating responsibilities of adulthood. Colloquial and quintessentially English – full of references to A roads and seaside towns, little chefs and Benson and Hedges – it’s an album about small town success and the failure that sometimes follows, about finding love late in life and looking back on what might have been.
The album was produced and mixed by Rob Jones (Sweet Baboo, The School, Rozi Plain) and includes the singles Talk About Country, It’s A Long Way Back From A Dream and Jelly And Jam. With Duane Eddy style guitar, pedal steel and mariachi trumpets blasting away, the title track is a role call of “country” icons from Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and Loretta Lynn to darts player Jocky Wilson and the beat writer Carolyn Cassady. It features Liz from The School on vocals.
It’s A Long Way Back From A Dream tells the story of the darts player, Richie Burnett, driving down from South Wales as the defending champion to compete in the 1996 World Darts Championship in Surrey on New Years Eve. He ended up losing the final and fourteen years later he was living on the dole in the Rhondda Valley, struggling to make ends meet after he had quit the sport entirely, unable to balance his darts career with his day job and failing marriage.
From the playful Tex-Mex of As Country As They Come to the zydeco infused shuffle of If I Knew What I Was Doing I’d Be Dangerous, the album passionately embraces a host of country styles peppering them with a hint of jangly C86 derived indiepop. The stark Americana of The Saturday Dads is a poignant reflection on absent fathers and rainy afternoons in the park.
Elsewhere, the band lugubriously embrace middle age on Old Guns and the triumphant Forty In The Spring, celebrating a mid-life crisis with whiskey and Wellbutrin and a wardrobe full of unflattering clothes. Turn To Dolly, which looks back on a childhood spent alone, finding comfort in country music and female superheroines, was co-written with Pete Hobbs, the musical half of The Boy Least Likely To.
Aside from the tongue-in-cheek band name, the only real hint of irony here derives from the fact that one of the most exciting country records of the year has come out of North London, not Nashville” (Press)

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22 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Legends of Country | Deja un comentario

Tani: Uturnis (2015)

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LoFi bonaerense llevado al extremo. Grabado en casa con ruidos en la grabadora pero con un transfondo musical mucho más que decente. Bonitas canciones.

“Canciones que salieron de un día para el otro! Uturnis que no se qué significa! Letra y música por Tani. Grabado por Tani en su casa, con el mic de la compu y un programita muy básico. Algún día lo grabará más profesionalmente, eso espera” 

21 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Tani | Deja un comentario

Hazte Lapón: Odiar (El Genio Equivocado, Single, 2015)

Como bien dice su nota de prensa, precioso corte cantado a dúo en la mejor tradición Sinatra (Nancy, of course)-Hazlewood, aderezado con instrumentación precisa, letra ingeniosa y unos bellos coros y armonías.

“Hazte lapón regresan del verano con “Odiar”, una canción de pop sedoso, con sorprendentes aires de country crepuscular, en la que Lolo y Saray, como si fueran Lee Hazlewood y Nancy Sinatra,  hablan de esos pequeños odios cotidianos que ayudan a hacer la vida más llevadera. Para esta ocasión cuentan con la colaboración de Judit López, de Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, a los violines” (Prensa)

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21 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Hazte Lapón | Deja un comentario

Maria False: When (2015)

La cara más oscura y extremista del Shoegaze está representada por este combo galo llamado Maria False.

“Maria False remained in obscurity leaves the recording, like a creature coming out of its cave. Haunting rhythms, acid guitars, incantatory voice… The constant tension is the tone of their music. Their dark side is assumed, and sometimes we’d like to vanish in their cold, shiny and bright reflections”

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20 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Maria False | Deja un comentario

Peach Kelly Pop: Peach Kelly Pop III (2015)

Peach Kelly Pop es el proyecto de Allie Hanlon, una chica medio canadiense medio estadounidense que factura un Bubblegum distorsionado de alto octanaje. Su música es altamente adictiva y fácilmente reconocible desde una primera escucha para cualquier buen aficionado.
Lo mejor: que no por ello deja de ser menos interesante ni menos deseable de conseguir y escuchar, lo cual deja en bastante buen lugar al sonido de Allie. PKP III es su último trabajo.

“(…)Lead single “Princess Castle 1987,” a chaotic and twinkly synth number, is a prime example of this more layered and highly caffeinated approach. But behind Peach Kelli Pop’s seemingly saccharine exterior, the band examines more serious, politicized topics. The unattainable “ideal” female body is a recurring theme on III, first spotted on “Shampoo.” Hanlon squints through stinging hair care products as she attempts to be “pure, perfect, clean…the best girl you’ve ever seen.” It’s Marina Abramović aggressively brushing her hair in “Art Must Be Beautiful; Artist Must be Beautiful,” set to a maniacal attack of melodic garage-rock.
The most poignant moments arrive near the middle of the record. On “Plastic Love,” the dream woman is one who is a “perfect 10, ageless, firm…You don’t need to hear her views/ She’ll always smile at you.” Hanlon’s cheery delivery belies her disdain for objectification, exuding an air of snark not unlike that of fellow West Coasters TacocaT on NVM. “Big Man” continues to condemn oppressive social norms, ending with an all-too-familiar scenario: “Tells what I can and cannot do/ Who my body belongs to/ Because I don’t seem to have a clue.” But before this sentiment has time to settle, the band launches into a cover of the Sailor Moon theme song. To some it might feel a bit out of place, but the cartoon heroine’s technicolor bravado is an apt choice for Hanlon’s sugar and spice aesthetic.
By the finale of III, the adrenaline rush has worn off. “Please Come Home” is a yearning ode to a departed companion that sways effortlessly through a bittersweet hook. In under twenty minutes, Peach Kelli Pop shifts from violent bubblegum pop to Shangri-Las style melodrama, yet Hanlon & Co. do so with such agility that you’d hardly notice the transition” (Paste Magazine)

19 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Peach Kelly Pop | Deja un comentario

Eternal Summers: Gold and Stone (Kanine Records, 2015)

Los virginianos Eternal Summers llevan ya una trayectoria de cuatro álbumes en los que se han paseado a gusto por las olas del Pop soleado de tintes veraniegos aderezado con distorsiones y rasgos más propios del Dream-Gaze. Una banda sencilla a la que se le echa en falta, quizás, alguna canción más redonda de esas con estribillos adherentes.

“At its most vibrant, Gold and Stone recalls another recent dream-pop album with an unsettled infrastructure, A Sunny Day in Glasgow‘s Sea When Absent, especially in its embrace of interruption. Whenever things begin to feel too complacent—whenever the guitars shimmer too blissfully for too long—there’s always a shake-up on the horizon. The moody strums of opener “Unassigned” give way to shots of feedback and clatter. The plucky single “Together or Alone” cuts its chipper groove with hysteric shouts.
Though Yun usually defaults to the sweet, celestial voice of so many shoegaze singers, she’s not afraid to roll in the mud, too. On “Black Diamond” she adopts a punk sneer to shame an over-controlling lover—”If you want I could be strung up in pearls for you,” she sings, her voice raw with contempt—and she works herself into a huffy fit on the album’s fiercest rocker, “Play Dead”, another kiss-off. These heated moments are aberrations, little breaks from the Eternal Summers’ default dreaminess, but they show so much personality that it’s hard not to wish there were a few more of them. Agitation flatters this band” (Pitchfork)

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18 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Eternal Summers | Deja un comentario

Pretty Sad: Pretty Sad (Ep, Shelflifle, 2015)

“Shelflife presents the debut EP from latest signing Pretty Sad. They’re a band whose members are scattered all throughout Europe (Scotland, Denmark and the UK) and exchange music and song ideas with the help of Garageband and Dropbox. As soon as we heard these songs, we immediately wanted to release them as a 7″ single, but due to the timeline challenges we’re currently facing with vinyl production, we just couldn’t justify the wait. So we instead decided to share these tracks digitally as a teaser to their full length album, to be released later in 2015. We hope you enjoy the songs as much as we do” (Press)

17 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Pretty Sad | Deja un comentario

Dead Professional: You heard what you wanted (Single, 2015)

You heard what you wanted es el nuevo sencillo de John Harouff /Dead Professional, ese proyecto de Power-Pop con tintes rockeros.

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16 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Dead Proffesional | Deja un comentario

The Virgance: Paradigm 3 (El Vals del Conejo, 2015)

“A fresh cerebral road trip for shoegaze and post-rock fans to absorb. Smith demonstrates the strength of the album format as an art form and reminds us of the rewards of patient listening in this modern, digital age of instant gratification and short attention spans. This is perhaps the most balanced Virgance release so far, embracing the more emotional aspects of shoegaze while retaining some experimental rock attributes, as well as the aesthetics of both beautiful noise and ambient music” (Press)

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15 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | The Virgance | Deja un comentario

Triptides: Azur (Requiem Por Un Twister, 2015)

Me enveneno de azules…
El último trabajo de Triptides es otro placentero viaje a lo más cálido del Pop más SurfPsicodélico

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13 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Triptides | Deja un comentario

Psudonym: Revolving door (Grasshoper Records, 2015)

“The boys met, quite by accident, one sunny spring day some years back. Perfect strangers before that fateful morning (or so the story goes), Paul, Cliff, Gil, and Waylan all found themselves sitting “patiently” together in a doctor’s waiting room. At first they carefully avoided eye contact pretending to read the years-old “Sports Illustrateds” and “Peoples”, but the ice was shattered when the doc — who would turn out to be our very own Dr. Rhythm — burst into the room and announced that all the day’s appointments would be cancelled. “I’m quitting medicine to become a drummer!” he declared.
Well, the lads got to talking, and wouldn’t you know. Turned out Paul, a budding songwriter, had been looking for a guitar player while at the same time Waylan, guitarist extraordinaire, was looking for a keyboard player. Gil, a classically-trained pianist, was seeking a bass player. And Cliff (who had never actually touched a bass before) was happy just to be in the room. The realization struck: they could start a band!
They dubbed themselves “Pabz” (later to be changed to “Pseudonym” on the heels of an ugly lawsuit from the Pabst Brewing Company). From there it didn’t take long for things to click! They got a lucky break at the Illinois State Fair when headliners Hoosier Hattie and the Snow Cones pulled out at the last minute, realizing they’d accidentally showed up one state to the left. Our boys wowed the crowd with their unique blend of post-pop power-wave!
Soon after, the single “You’re No Fun At All” from their debut album “Pabz” reached #62 in Croatia. And that was just the beginning! The follow up album “Pig Tail World” (under the now-familiar moniker of Pseudonym) sold multiple copies and saw heavy airplay in both Greece and Vermont. The featured single “Accident Prone” and its groundbreaking video managed to break the collective hearts of YouTube viewers around the world.
Building on the momentum of “Pig Tail World”, the band quickly put out an EP of outtakes and factory seconds called “Stupid Star”. And that, dear listener, brings us to the present date: the record you now hold in your (virtual) hands, Pseudonym’s 4th release, is proof that the boys haven’t missed a beat!
“Revolving Door” awaits. Prepare to enter a weird and wonderful world full of tasty sub-beats, delicious counter-harmonies, and of course a generous helping of yummy pop hooks.
Prepare to be Pseudofied!” (Press)

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12 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Pseudonym | Deja un comentario

Honey Radar: The Rabbit´s Voice (Third Uncle Records, 2015)

Honey Radar son de Philadelphia, realizan un Pop muy a lo Do it yourself, con innegables influencias del LoFi. Su sonido es a veces amargo, a veces sucio pero tiene un encanto verdadero. Per schooner agro, uno de los temas de este breve Ep, apareció en el recopilatorio del mes de Mayo.

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11 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Honey Radar | Deja un comentario

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