Featuring: NewDad, Bullion, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justice, Tame Impala, Sammy Virji, Heavee, Pillow Queens, Papooz, Peel, Ivory, Beans.
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Bullion, Carly Rae Jepsen
Bullion steps out behind the boards for an album due in April 26th on Ghostly International, with his songwriting hat on, as opposed to his established production rep.
‘Rare’ featuring Carly Rae Jepsen is a Blood Orange-esque soft pop glow, and one of three songs on the record with a guest, alongside Panda Bear and Charlotte Adigery.
‘Rare’, came out of Jepsen’s recent album recording in Toronto..
“I’ve been a fan of Bullion from the first listen. His music just sends me some place good every time. We started writing together over zoom sessions in lock down and then met in real life in Toronto, London and LA. When I first reached out to him, I said “it would be fun to see how your world of music and mine could play together” and it’s been one of the coolest discoveries. To be featured on Rare is such a sweet start to 2024. And as a fan still, I’m really looking forward to this whole album”.Carly Rae Jepsen
From the smart, confident and superbly-produced (by Chris Ryan and and mixed by Alan Moulder) debut album Madra from London-based Galway band NewDad, ‘Sickly Sweet’ draws from the darker edge of Irish shoegaze bands of recent years (Just Mustard come to mind), the classic indie vocal style of Julie Dawson, and a bit of grunge to boot.
NewDad are another fine Irish band with a fine debut album to get excited about.
It Hurts Me
Parisian duo Papooz released a debut album Resonate this week.
It was actually the Youtube algorithm that suggested this silky bop to me, and it was no doubt helped by its stylist NYC E.T-esque video.
Pillow Queens have announced that their third album is Name Your Sorrow is out April 19th.
Here’s their new single ‘Gone’, following on from ‘Suffer’ recently – you can hear the marked difference in their craft from their previous releases now.
The band says, “‘Gone’” is a song that looks into the vapid nature of brief romantic encounters and the hyperbole that can become so monotonous, it makes you jaded.” The track came about at the end of a jam session during a songwriting retreat in The Burren.
Lead vocalist, guitarist and bassist Pamela Connolly adds, “Lines like, ‘I was in your top five things to do’ convey a lack of self-worth that’s tackled throughout the album. It’s a song that showcases a vulnerability that allows for no silver linings – it’s the reality of how someone is feeling in the moment.”
Justice, Tame Impala
One Night / All Night
Dancey Indie Sleaze is back? After the news of CSS being back on the live circuit, it’s the turn of the French electronic duo Justice to return.
Of course, Justice, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay never went away having last released an album called Escapades in 2021, but there is something in the air here in terms of a blog-era dance pop lead single with a noted singer on collaboration, with Kevin Parker aka Tame Impala jumping on the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album Hyperdrama, out April 26th, that sounds like a bit of a return to that electro blog-house sound, and as someone who is putting on indie sleaze night (next one is in May in Workman’s Cellar FYI).
Time for ‘Sumthin Different.’
The lead off from Heavee’s 14-track Unleash album on Hyperdub on March 15th is a footwork rap track brimming with asteroid-blasting sonics.
The EP for the Chicago DJ and producer is accompanied a D&D Adventure Game that offers a download of a track when you complete it.
Bright and scuzzy fuzz from Melbourne garage-psych band Beans from their forthcoming album Boots N Cats out March 1st via Fuzz Club.
The band will release two albums in 2024.
“I’ve always wanted to make a drum-based album, dedicated around the beat first and then everything else follows”, Blach says, explaining his desire to explore “different production approaches, like hip-hop and crunched drums, and show an admiration and appreciation for the likes of The Meters, Wu-Tang and James Brown” as much as the acid-soaked 60s/70s rock you’d expect.Beans frontman Matt Blach
Percussive house magic from the Italian artist Ivory complete with a wobbly bassline that is ready for the a big dancefloor moment.
Los Angeles duo Peel release their debut album Acid Star, out March 29th via Innovative Leisure, and I dug the dreamy indie-dance band ‘Y2J’.
‘Acid Star’ on the flip offers a mellower side to the pair.
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