Widowspeak: s/t

I came to these guys as I combed through last.fm, they were listed on popular artists and similar artists were Craft Spells and I Break Horses so I had to check this band out. So they come from New York City, Molly Hamilton, Michael Stasiak, and Rob Thomas.

They brought out two 7” this spring with Harsh Realm and Gun Shy on it, the first two songs off the new record. Much more you won’t find yet about the trio on the net but I’m sure you will hear more from Widowspeak in the future. What we have here is moony surf rock with refreshing female vocals and yes, you got it, another soundtrack to the summer. They don’t have to hide from established female-fronted acts such as Cults, The Naked And Famous or Best Coast. They have to compete against Crazy For You, a nearly perfect debut from Best Coast but they well cope with it. Though they play a bit more mid-tempo rock with more use of organs and effect pads.

My favorite songs which got stucked in my head at first listen were Harsh Realm, Limbs, Hard Times and Ghost Boy, where I actually got goosebumps. This is such a mature debut record and I am excited to hear more of them in the future. They perfectly tie in with a fairly list of great new artists I discovered this year so far. 2011 is a great year in music and Widowspeak is a part of it. Great!

  • 8.2/10

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Neon Indian: Era Extrana

After good critics for his first record Physic Chasms, Neon Indian or better known as Alan Palomo is working on his second strike. Era Extrana has now a release date and will be dropped on September 13. There are already several teaser released.

Girls: Vomit (Music Video)


Indie rock band GIRLS is going to release their third record Father, Son, Holy Ghost on September 13 and gave us a little foretaste with the first single off the record. The cover artwork and the tracklist are already released.

  1. ‘Honey Bunny’
  2. ‘Alex’
  3. ‘Die’
  4. ‘Saying I Love You’
  5. ‘My Ma’
  6. ‘Vomit’
  7. ‘Just A Song’
  8. ‘Magic’
  9. ‘Forgiveness’
  10. ‘Love Like A River’
  11. ‘Jamie Marie’

Yuck: s/t

Yuck, formed by Daniel Blumberg and Max Bloom formerly from Cajun Dance Party, released on 15th of February their highly anticipated same-titled debut in the US and on 21st of February in UK and peaked #62. They’re signed to Fat Possum/ Mercury Records and gained high popularity by good critics such as Pitchfork or Rolling Stone. I also rarely saw a band’s debut being so mature and well-thought out.

It is awesome 90’s noise rock paired with shoegazy and dreamy riffing. You can hear out bands like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine on Loveless or Pavement but the best description would be Dinosaur Jr.’s little brother. I think they would be a dignified follower if Dinosaur Jr. split up a second time. And the advisely used female vocals is the cherry on the cake. In my opinion it’s perfect to dream and float away at sunny after-noons, laying in the sun and just listen to this.

There is almost no bad song on this, there are just some highlights and I recognized the record gets better to the end. Especially Suck and Stutter give me chills down my neck every time I listen to it. I also like Sunday which is truly perfect for sundays to hang out somewhere and not think of anything. I am glad I discovered this band and keep stoked to see more of these guys in the future. Awesome music.

  • 8.6/10

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