Courtney Barnett Releases New Video and LP

Courtney Barnett releases new single and LP You may remember us telling you about Australian rockster Courtney Barnett and her breakout psychedelic single ‘Avant Gardener’ a couple of months ago. The garage-rock singer is following up a successful appearance at Coachella this weekend with the official US release The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. Yesterday she also released a video from her warm single ‘Anonymous Club’. She proves she’s more than just a quirky, eccentric life-observer. The languid pace of the song, along with the deadpan lyrical observations are well matched with the minimal black and white intimate, animated video
Posted on April 15, 2014
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Thee Oh Sees surprise with new album, Drop

Thee Oh Sees surprise with new album Drop Thee Oh Sees have been around for a good long while under many guises but it looked like they were wrapping things up for good when frontman and founder John Dwyer announced after their last album the band would not be touring for a long time. Then of course he went solo with Damaged Bug and it looked like that was that. Well not so apparently, Thee Oh Sees are back with another new album Drop. The album comes out on Saturday April 19, also known as Record Store Day.

The album is a cheerful, psychedelic, wriggling energetic road trip. It’s full of Dwyer’s weird, wonderful, lovely noises. Mikal Cronin assists on guitar. The overall result is a colorful, playful psychedelic riot.
Posted on April 15, 2014
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Aimee Mann and Ted Leo come together for The Both

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo come together for The Both The Both is a new collaboration between the critically successful Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, best known for fronting Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. They release their self-titled debut album today; a melodic power pop fusion of two talented artists. Their voices make for pleasing harmonies and Leo’s gutsy guitar is the perfect compliment.

Throughout the album the two share lead vocals over well-constructed melodies. Many of the songs, while having catchy hooks deal with somber themes, an awareness of a sense of mortality, mindful of the passing of time. But don’t think this album will get you down, it has the opposite effect. From the upbeat ‘Milwaukee’ to the swinging ‘Pay for It’ you can hear influences of The Beatles and Elvis Costello. There’s clapping and peppy piano and the sound of these two voices that just work so well together. This is a very comfortable and successful pairing for Mann and Leo, despite their well-carved out solo careers.
Posted on April 15, 2014
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Lana Del Ray gives us her new single 'West Coast'

Lana Del Ray gives us her new single 'West Coast' Lana Del Ray gave us her first performance of "West Coast" at Coachella this weekend. It’s the first single off her upcoming third album due later this year titled Ultraviolence. The single is produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys and is written by Rick Nowels who as written many tracks for Lana before. The sultry tracks is easily addictive and her voice may remind you of Tori Amos with breathless, airy vocals. The single dropped on yesterday with the Universal music label. Listen to "West Coast" below.
Posted on April 14, 2014
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Chet Faker Releases Debut Album Built on Glass

Chet Faker releases debut album Built on Glass Built On Glass is the confident debut album from Australian artist, Chet Faker released this week. The singer songwriter crosses many genres; electronica, soul, house and R&B and more on his first full-length release. His voice is soulful and sensual.

Faker, real name Nicholas James Murphy, first came to national and international attention when he sent his paired back, languid version of ‘No Diggity’ to a blogger. The song went viral and led to his first EP Thinking in Textures in 2012. Since then he’s being touring, writing and collaborating. Built on Glass is interesting because of Faker’s willingness to cross into many genres and experiment.

It’s clear Chet is well-able to write catchy hooks and memorable choruses, but it’s his vocals that really capture you. He shows us his seductive side on tracks like the album opener ‘Release Your Problems’. He has the voice of a confident and masterful lover clear on his intentions. The whole album is beautiful, full of gentle but sophisticated harmonies. On ‘Melt’ we get to hear his deep, almost crackling voice contrast with New York singer Kilo Kosh and her toned down singing. This is a beautiful, mature and dynamic album from a very talented artist.
Posted on April 14, 2014
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