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Paul Littlewood – Today-Television (Anklebreka Records 23 April 2018)

Britain’s Paul Littlewood reveals ‘Television’ from new double A-side single single

British artist Paul Littlewood has revealed his new track ‘Television’ from his forthcoming double A-side single, along with the earlier announced ‘Today’Set for release via Anklebreka Records, this new offering juxtaposes sweet melancholic memories on ‘Today’ with the frustration of the cult of TV on the second track. Hailing from Swinton, South Yorkshire and currently based in Sheffield, Littlewood is a prolific songwriter and music producer.
‘Today’ soothes the listener with an endearing yet hazy musical familiarity with its swirls and blurred sonic edges, hanging in the air with raw emotion, cocooning the listener. The more upbeat ‘Television’ ramps up the energy with a very real statement on the situation with modern-day TV. Both tracks present perfect pop viewed through a technicolor prism.

“‘Today’ was inspired by the discovery of a collection of tape cassettes, when I purchased a second-hand tape recorder for making home demos. Each cassette is an audio letter by a young couple in New York to send home to their parents in the UK in the early 1970’s. I managed to discover one of the couple’s names using information disclosed on the tapes (they speak of a move to California and the company he’d be working with). The couple also discloses that they are expecting their first child, and I’ve always felt that it would be fantastic to reunite the tapes with the family. The lines of ‘Today’ are adaptions of the tapes’ dialogue, and the single cover is an image of audio from the tape,” explains Paul Littlewood.
“After discovering the tapes, suddenly the practice of making records made sense to me. The dialogue was so honest and unfiltered due to the nature of their purpose. From then on I resolved to make music this way.”

The new single is being released on Anklebreka Records, named after a local landmark where Littlewood grew up, the spelling being a ‘nod’ to regional dialect. Written, produced and mastered by Paul Littlewood at Higher Rhythm in Doncaster, UK, he also played all instruments on this track, except for kit and bass guitar, which were performed by Graham Sutherland.

The video for ‘Today’, Littlewood says: “I wanted to carry the theme of the found-tapes into the making of the video, and simply chart the making of a record. ‘Today’ was recorded in a day, at the studio that I work (Higher Rhythm, Doncaster) and was shot by Skinny Pelembe, whose single I had recently engineered. I can remember we were all excited about the track, and also Skinny’s upcoming debut release on Brownswood records, and I think this can be felt in the recording, and the video. There was a feeling that everything was coming together.”

Littlewood primarily performs and records as a solo artist, but has also appeared with a number of bands including Fights, Fallen Trees, andEastern Seaboard Radio Station. In addition to Anklebreka Records, Littlewood has released a number of recordings in the last 15 years via various other labels, including British label Xtra Mile Recordings and US-based label Three Sixty Records.

Littlewood’s music is influenced by the lo-fi artistry of Jason Molina, the upfront songwriting craft of Neil Young, and the DIY music production aesthetic of Sparklehorse, as well as other legendary artists like Low, Steve Albini, and R.E.M.
The ‘Today-Television’ single is scheduled for release across online stores and streaming platforms on April 23, and will also be available via the artist’s Bandcamp. His single launch show will take place on April 21 in-store at Spinning Discs in Sheffield as part of Record Store Day,
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Posted by on March 20, 2018 in Alternative


Soft Science Undone / I Don’t Know Why I Love You (Test Pattern Records 6 April 2018)

California’s Soft Science to release double A-side single ‘Undone / I Don’t Know Why I Love You’

Dream-gaze syndicate Soft Science have announced a new double A-side single ‘Undone / I Don’t Know Why I Love You’, to be released via Test Pattern Records. This includes ‘Undone’, the first single off their forthcoming third album ‘Maps’, and a blissful sanguine cover of the classic House of Love track ‘I Don’t Know Why I Love You’. This single finds the band flirting in grand waters between My Bloody Valentine on ‘Undone’ and The Primitives on ‘I Don’t Know Why I Love You’, offering the listener a distinctive mix of sweetness and fury.

‘Undone’ is essentially about loving someone through good times and bad. It is about accepting that although there will always be hard times in life, it makes things easier to go through tough days with people you love. For me, those times make me love them more. That  unwavering love can be like a light,” explains Soft Science vocalist Katie Haley.

The B-side was originally recorded for the House of Love tribute compilation ‘Soft as Fire in The House of Love’, in limited released via The Blog Celebrates Itself Records, the track has been remastered and, for the first time, is available in wider digital distribution.

Hailing from America’s farm-to-fork Capital in Northern California’s lush Sacramento Valley, Soft Science fuse melody, sound, and texture of 60s pop and 90s shoegaze like molecular gastronomists blend physics and chemistry to transform food. Together this 5-piece band have managed to create their own sweet blend of modern pop music with a sonic edge.The band’s members share a love of such bands ranging from the Zombies and Beach Boys to Lush, Teenage Fanclub, Ride, Pale Saints, New Order, and Jesus and Mary Chain, along with newer artists such as Beach House and Frankie Rose. Such eclectic artists have influenced their music.

Soft Science rose from the ashes of the unfortunate break-up of indie pop band California Oranges just prior to the 2008 release of their last album.  Soft Science was a natural transition for Katie Haley (Holiday Flyer) and twin brothers Ross and Matt Levine, who had essentially contributed to each other’s music projects off and on for more than a decade, including collaboration via California Oranges.  The trio began articulating Soft Science’s direction with Katie Haley on vocals, Matt Levine on guitar, and Ross Levine on drums and back vocals.  They were soon joined by bass player Mason DeMusey in creating their unique form of dream pop music, inspired by 90s shoegaze and 60s brit pop.

In mid-2011, Soft Science released their debut album ‘High and Lows’via Test Pattern Records, with Pop Matters noting that the band “has the potential to become one of the great Left Coast power pop bands.” In 2013, the band released their ‘Detour’ LP on the same label and Tony Cale (English Singles) joined the band to solidify their sound. ‘Detour’ received notable critical reviews and was ranked #2 among Jack Rabid’s Top 40 in issue 74 of The Big Takeover Magazine.

Soft Science supported the album with several shows throughout California, opening for such bands as Literature and Dead Leaf Echo. In early 2015, they made a special trip to New York to perform at The Big Takeover’s 35th Anniversary Show. At the end of that year, Test Pattern Records released a split 7” with The Luxembourg Signal, featuring Soft Science’s well-received track ‘Breaking’.

In 2016, the band played the NYC Popfest and had the honor of opening for The Chills at WFMU, one of only two U.S. shows The Chills played during their 2016 tour.

On this new double A-side single, as well as their their forthcoming ‘Maps’ album, Soft Science received a helping hand from longtime friend and engineer Eric Stenmen (AWOLNATION, Tokyo Police Club) with mastering at Malibu’s Black Bear 11 Studio and mixing of ‘I Don’t Know Why I Love You’ at Redbull Studios in Los Angeles.

‘Undone / I Don’t Know Why I Love You’ will be released on April 6across the standard online stores and streaming platforms, but it already available for pre-order via the band’s own Bandcamp.

‘Undone’ written by Soft Science | Recorded at Prairie Sun in Cotati, California
Engineed by Matt Wright | Additional engineering and mixing by Tony Cale
Produced by Ross Levine and Tony Cale | Mastered by Eric Stenman at Black Bear 11 – Malibu, California
‘I Don’t Know Why I Love You’ written by Guy Chadwick
Recorded and engineered by Tony Cale in Sacramento | Electronics by Hans Muns
Produced by Soft Science | Mixed by Eric Stenman at Red Bull Studios – Los Angeles, California
Mastered by Eric Stenman at Black Bear 11 – Malibu, California

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Posted by on March 17, 2018 in Alternative


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Kristin Hersh – Meltdown Festival, 15 June 2018

Kristin Hersh announced to play London’s Meltdown Festival, curated by The Cure’s Robert Smith

Indie rock icon Kristin Hersh is among the first dozen artists to be named for this year’s Meltdown Festival in London.
Set to take place at London’s Southbank Centre on June 15-24, this year marks the 25th edition of this iconic festival. This special celebration, curated by The Cure’s Robert Smith, offers a jam-packed line-up of unique performances. Apart from Kristin Hersh, this year’s line-up includes My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Mogwai, The Psychedelic Furs, Manic Street Preachers, The Libertines, Deftones, Placebo, Mono, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, and The Notwist.
Kristin Hersh has been confounding expectations and breaking rules since founding her influential art-punk band Throwing Muses at the age of 14. Her solo career spun off in 1994 with the release of ‘Hips and Makers’, a widely acclaimed album which included ‘Your Ghost’, a duet with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. Since then, Kristin has released a steady stream of distinctly individual solo albums, including 2010’s ‘Crooked’, her first release in the inventive book/CD format for which she is now known. She played all the instruments on her latest release ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’, an explosive work defined by blistering guitars, powerful drumming and Kristin’s signature visceral vocal technique. Her poignant true stories bring the listener into what the BBC calls Hersh’s “dark and dizzy world”.
Throwing Muses first gained traction in the early ‘80s playing with similarly singular artists like The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. They continue to release groundbreaking music and tour the world, most recently with 2013’s double CD masterpiece ‘Purgatory/Paradise’.
In 2004, Kristin formed the noise rock power trio 50FOOTWAVE, releasing a series of frighteningly intense mini-albums, mostly available for download free of charge. The most recent ‘Bath White’ EP, which is like “a series of loud explosions, of velvet like dreams all intermingled at the same time” (Liverpool Sound & Vision).
Kristin’s writing career has flourished with the highly acclaimed ‘Paradoxical Undressing’ (released as ‘Rat Girl’ in the USA) and the award-winning ‘Don’t Suck, Don’t Die’, a personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt, in addition to the enchanting books that now accompany each record release.
Kristin Hersh, 50FOOTWAVE and Throwing Muses continue to create gorgeous, exciting music, with new releases expected online and in the stores as this year progresses.
The Meltdown Festival is the UK’s longest running artist-curated music festival. Smith is the lead singer and principal songwriter of The Cure, and its only constant member since the group formed in 1978. A defining band, The Cure took ‘alternative rock’ mainstream around the world and received numerous awards including a Brit Award for Best British Band, an MTV Icon Award, a Q Inspiration Award and NME’s Godlike Genius Award. Smith has also been presented with an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.
An iconic figure in his own right, Smith’s influence reaches across popular culture, film, art, and fashion. His many collaborations include performing and recording with artists as varied as David Bowie, Billy Corgan, Blink 182, The Stranglers, Placebo, Crystal Castles, Faithless, Korn and 65daysofstatic.
Meltdown is one of the UK’s most anticipated music events each year, in which an iconic artist curates their own personal festival, revealing their interests and influences. Robert Smith follows in the footsteps of such legendary curators as Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Massive Attack, Ornette Coleman and 2017’s M.I.A. 
“I am honoured and excited to be curating the 25th Meltdown. More than 30 of my all-time favourite artists – some of the most exciting, inspirational, intense and influential performers of the last 40 years – will make sure this 10-night extravaganza is the must-see event of the summer!” says Robert Smith. “as each invitee confirms, as each shimmering piece falls into place, I pinch myself – this is really happening… And the complete picture will undoubtedly be out of this world!”?
Kristin Hersh says that “Meltdown is an opportunity for musicians to present what they do in a different light: music from the musician’s perspective. A private thing, a world unto itself.” Hersh will be playing the festival on June 21.

?Tickets for Robert Smiths’ Meltdown go on sale to Southbank Centre members at 10am on Tuesday, March 13. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday, March 15.

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Posted by on March 7, 2018 in Alternative, Festival


Vandal Moon – Wild Insane (Starfield Music 20 April 2018)

Vandal Moon previews ‘Baby Sounds’ from coming ‘Wild Insane’ LP, produced by FM Attack

California-based duo Vandal Moon are gearing up for the release of their new album ‘Wild Insane’. Ahead of that, they are previewing the first single ‘Baby Sounds’.

‘Wild Insane’ is an 8-track offering loaded with dark and sweetly alluring pop tracks – a fab find for lost souls and soundtrack for the post-traumatic stress of simply being a citizen in the 21st century. The new album is rooted in post-punk and new wave, with gothic undertones of the early 80’s.

“I cover a lot of themes of alienation and dystopia on the record. We’re living through a dystopia right now. The internet is slowly killing us all with its incessant input, and I think we know it. But we’re so drawn to it, that we’ll be damned if we can’t convince ourselves otherwise. Myself included. I’m victim to our brave new world, and it came through on this record very naturally,” says Vandal Moon frontman Blake Voss.

“‘Baby Sounds’ is a song about an android that has awakened into full consciousness. In the process of learning to think for himself, he discovers that part of that is making decisions which can severely impact the lives of others. It’s about an robot struggling with thoughts of love, death, violence, seduction and mortality. At the same time it’s a metaphor for how the modern person maneuvers through society. How to wade through all the bullshit, and still be a positive human being.”

Driving and hypnotic, this electronic/post-punk album from Vandal Moon plays on the darker undertones of the early 80’s synth movement. With pop hook sensibilities, emotive vocals, and themes of gothic alienation, the California-based duo pulls from the atmospheres of The Cure, The Chameleons and Gary Numan.

This album was written and recorded by Blake Voss, produced and mixed by Shawn Ward (FM Attack), and mastered by Peter Maher (Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, U2, Patti Smith, The Killers, Noel Gallagher). This record also features contributions from new romantic legend Logan Sky (Visage, Boy George), emerging synth-pop duo vverevvolf and vocalist Nicollette Vaughn (a.k.a. Nico), with guidance by electronic artist/producer Emika.

Blake Voss formed Vandal Moon in 2012 and, although he has collaborated with various artists over the years, it only recently morphed into a duo comprised of Voss (vocals, guitars, synthesizers and principal songwriter) and Jeremy Einsiedler (drum machines and synthesizers).

Based in Santa Cruz, they are big on synths, guitars, and drum machines. They are inspired by various acts of the new wave, post-punk, synthpop and darkwave scenes of the early 80’s, along with newer pop sounds, and particularly by such bands as The Cure, The Chameleons, New Order, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, Blue Angel Lounge, Wax Idols, Kristin Kontrol, Drab Majesty, and Emika.  
Recently, Vandal Moon won a Synthy Award from Echosynthetic for his 2017 collaboration with The G on ‘Stars That Fade’ (from the ‘Cosmopolis’ album). He also contributed vocals and guitar for ‘Braindead’ on the new ‘Electric Blue’ album from vverevvolf.
Starfield Music was created by synthwave vanguard artist FM Attack(a.k.a. Shawn Ward), who has had great success pioneering a sound and helping to develop the synthwave scene. Following up the release of his own album ‘Stellar’ via this label, he is expanding upon that sound to take the music into new and different directions.

“The purpose behind developing Starfield Music, as a label, is to have a creative outlet to make music that isn’t generic or relegated to one specific genre or style. I want to feel free to take my music in any direction, and help other artists to do the same,” says Ward. “Since meeting Blake, I thought his music was the perfect sound for establishing the vision of ‘Starfield Music’ even further, and perhaps create something new while resurrecting some nostalgia from a lost and forgotten era.”

‘Wild Insane’ will be released across digital stores and streaming platforms on April 20, but will already be available for pre-order via Bandcamp as of March 9 with ‘Baby Sounds’ available for download immediately upon order.

1  Baby Sounds
2  Computer Love
3  Wild Insane
4  The Bomb (feat. vverevvolf)
5  Boy Drinks Girl (feat. Nicolette Vaughn)
6  Nevermore
7  Crying On The Dance Floor
8  The Light (feat. Logan Sky)
All songs written by Blake Voss.  © Vandal Moon 2018
All songs produced by Shawn Ward (FM Attack)
All songs mastered by Peter Maher
‘The Bomb’ featuring vverevvolf
‘Boy Drinks Girl’ featuring Nicollette Vaughn
‘The Light’ written by Blake Voss & Jeremy Einsiedler, featuring Logan Sky
Thanks to Emika for artistic direction
Keep up with Vandal Moon 

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Posted by on March 5, 2018 in Alternative, Post Punk


Heligoland – Coriallo (Commission 45, Soleil Après Minuit 4 December 2017)

Over the course of three albums, a series of EPs and singles, and nearly two decades of existence split between Melbourne, Australia and Paris, France,
Heligoland have established and refined a distinctive sound and style awash with texture and emotion.

Working at the margins of dreampop, slowcore, shoegaze, folk, and ambient pop, Heligoland’s music is characterised by expansive, layered arrangements
and the soaring vocals of Karen Vogt.

In one sense, Coriallo marks the end of a journey for Heligoland.

This new release is the final instalment in a series of EPs, each of which was written and recorded at different locations in the French countryside.

The series began, almost by accident, when a week-long trip to a tiny village at the foothills of the Pyrénées turned into a writing and recording session.

Heligoland’s most introspective, minimal, and atmospheric release, Bethmale (2012), was the result.

The band subsequently traveled to another small town, this time amidst the rolling hills and farmland of central France.

Recorded during the early days of spring, Sainte Anne (2013) is vibrant, vivid, and multi-layered.

Coriallo brings the journey to a close.

Written and recorded at a former semaphore station on the windswept north-western coast of Normandy, this new EP is the most expansive release in the series.

The immersive opening track “Ełk” and “Three” embody the fusion of “post-rock soundscapes with ambient textures and drone laced melodies”, as
Drowned in Sound ‘s Dom Gourlay has put it, that characterise the band’s best work.

The shimmering “Orion” is dream pop at its most alluring.

Vocalist Karen Vogt scales new heights on Coriallo, contributing her most assured and captivating performances to date. EP highlight “Trust” and the
delicate, hushed late-night atmospherics of “Anavo” provide the perfect platform for Vogt’s soulful ruminations and affirmations.

The recordings from Pointe de Jardeheu in Normandy were produced and mixed by Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins/Violet Indiana), with whom the band
are currently recording a new album scheduled for release in the second half of 2018.


1. Ełk
2. Orion (single)
3. Anavo (single)
4. Three
5. Trust

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Posted by on February 24, 2018 in Alternative


New Candys – Bleeding Magenta (Little Cloud Records 27 April 2018)

Venice, Italy’s dark psych rockers New Candys have just announced the dates for their first ever tour of the U.S. (check their artist tour page for dates).

The U.S. tour will take place shortly after their first tour of Australia.

The original pressing of Bleeding Magenta has already sold out and in preparation for their upcoming U.S. tour, New Candys asked Little Cloud Records if they would be interested in repressing and releasing the record in the U.S….

Of course, they said yes!

If you missed out on the Fuzz Club initial pressing, now is your chance to snatch up a copy on Opaque Magenta vinyl w/ full color UV gloss jacket & full color 2-page insert HERE

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Posted by on February 23, 2018 in Alternative