Indoor Voices - So Smart

Real nice and spaced out. via yvynyl

Fishing - Choy Lin

Been waiting on this for ages. Totally great. 

Collarbones - Hypothermia (feat. Guerre)

It took me a few listens but that repeating crash that opens into a once again, abruptly cut off chorus melody, it got me. Really good, super clever. And the video by Justin Mclean is so simple and perfect.

Dirty Projectors - ‘Hi Custodian' - Directed by David Longstreth

This came at the perfect time. I’d just got into the first week of actually properly listening to Swing Lo Magellan and so the tracks were already sitting ready in my head. The cinematography is amazing, the hints at some broken but connected narrative are mysterious and curl around your brain. Occasionally the film meanders a bit out of focus, but the perfectly selected bits and pieces of Swing Lo songs keep the whole thing in check and the end result is beautiful; a really rewarding addition to the album.

Anyone who has listened to Dance For You a few times might actually feel real emotional distress when the dissonant build up from the middle of the song happens several times without launching into the end of the song. I did.

John Wizards - Mixtape I

"Do people really send you all their stuff?" My friend was looking over my shoulder as I looked at my email inbox. Yeah i said, it’s crazy. "Is it good?" Well, {i said}, most of it i don’t know why they send it to me, like this Sony pop release {click} is just stupid, does it really sound like the kinda music i like? I try to listen to it all but i’m slack {there are like 200 unread}, most isn’t great. "But people send them to you, thats sweet!" Yeah, and some are nice, like personal ones. Like see maybe this {there’s a brand new email just popped up} {click} one? See. 

Hi,  

We read your blog ALL THE WAY OVER IN AFRICA, and hoped you might enjoy.

http://soundcloud.com/john-wizards

That’s all. So I listen. 

Forget everything else, this mix is actually soooooooo good. Real clever, and the bass lines are incredible! so incredible. Actually, really, this is the best.

It happened exactly like that. I haven’t clicked on a blog music submission email in like a month cause of starting a new job. And then by coincidence the first one I click, not even thinking to listen, happens to be some of the best music I’ve heard in ages. Who the hell are John Wizards? Apparently brand new. But goodamn, really good music.

I especially like the first song Lusaka by Night, and then the 3rd, Muizenberg is sweet, the ending is just the best. And Jabu Ley/Jamie (i’m reading these off a tracklisting he posted in a comment on the soundcloud). But really I just like all of them, the reggae one, the shangaan electro style one. it’s all good. This has been my train soundtrack for a week.

Just listen.

Also the last two tracks are real good too. I’m going to have to look through all my unread emails.

Lower Plenty - Work In The Morning

Found this on Mess and Noise and it hit me immediately like something real still. These guys from Melbourne have worked it out. Slack shit gets it together to deliver one perfect line at the very end of the song that just sits so close to real that it gets me every time. And follow it up with Nullabor.

No Joy - You Girls Smoke Cigarettes?

This song is sick.

Probably I should post something more recent by them? But I just discovered them a bit ago and this is my favourite. And I don’t like blog traffic new-shit logic. All of Ghost Blonde is crazy good, newer stuff is on their bandcamp.

Photo by Ana Kras

The Laurels - This City Is Coming Down from Plains

The debut The Laurels album is out, after years. and years. and years, of already knowing they were one of the most accomplished bands in Sydney. It’s great. It starts with Tidal Wave, a huge song that also opened the band’s 2007 demo sounding about a quarter as loud as the current version, but, even with the bedroom production from that demo, has always just seemed much too massive to be the product of anything but a Really Good Band. The melodies in the Laurels songs are just so robust, and so beautiful, it’s instantly clear how good they are at songwriting, how dedicated to extending a sound that grew up in the sixties, discovered distortion and glide guitar with MBV, and now gains another new and incredible addition to its formidable catalogue in Plains

The actual Laurels sound has changed a bit, probably in part due to the influence of Liam Judson’s production. Older songs like closer, A Rival, and Glacier, lose some of the all encompassing shoegaze sound wave that has graced every Laurels show for years, but where I think A Rival is a little lacking for it, Glacier springs anew, the clarity of Plain’s production giving the guitarwork more attention, and the songs are no longer a single buzzing wall, but a shifting mix of tones. 

You can suddenly hear the vocals clearly? huh. The songs don’t suffer at all for it, they just gain another element in the mix, but it adds something new, songs like This City Is Coming Down and Manic Saturday oddly gaining slight Beatles-like vibes(?). These new songs are great, if different. Single, Changing The Timeline is different in a whole different way again, a buzzing crazy blast. 

It’s all great. Listen. Thank goodness it exists. The full album can be streamed below.

Photo by Ali Scott

Major NapierAmazing/ A Tribute to Jan Zajíc

An amazing video for a heart-in-throat, brain spasm of a song. I posted all about my love for the track previously, and I’ve since seen it live and sat with ragged breaths, trying to keep down the huge swell of emotion that comes with it. It just really gets to me I guess. Also, all the other tracks I previously hadn’t really ‘got’ before just kinda clicked when I saw them played live. Humble and truthful.

Purity Ring - Fireshrine

This is one of my favourites of the new Purity Ring tracks as they trickle out one by one. They are each so shining and jewel-like, they pop up on youtube, each a little different than the last. Fireshrine is more particular. I can feel each synth twig just under my skin. Like little ribs. You can download it free here.

Photo by Stephen Elledge