Monthly Archives: April 2010

Elephants

“Don’t let me disappear.”

The newest edition to one of my favorite UK-based indie labels Alcopop! is out to impress. I’ve been spinning their track “Alexander” for some time now, and look forward to the forthcoming Strong Arms single release (May 31st via Alcopop!) from Folkestone’s Elephants. The track featured below is an acoustic version of “For Laika”, which appeared on the band’s Lions EP. No excuse to miss the band play this summer as they’ll hit a number of spots in England in the next few months.

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Admiral Fallow

“Sometimes it’s like trying to breathe through a pillow.”

The new ensemble, and recent favorites of mine, from Glasgow has already been featured previously on the site (Brother Louis Collective), but a new band name and an album released in Europe today calls for some new hurrahs. Admiral Fallow‘s debut full length Boots Met My Face is a ten track collection of one song more perfect and brilliant than the next. My favorite cut is included below, but I suggest you get your hands on a copy of the album in its entirety. If you find yourself in Scotland, the band has a smattering of early summer shows throughout the country.

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Canterbury

“I fell and landed straight at your feet.”

For better or worse, this song has been invading my every conscious moment for the past few days. Well done, Canterbury. The young band from England’s South coast just released their new track “Gloria” earlier this month as a free download. The song, the chorus especially, is a great bit of standard pop/rock that I am very to happy to have stumbled upon. Download the band’s older album Thank You for free if you like what you hear. Fair warning, I don’t think you’ll find anything on the album quite as engaging as newest track…

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Three Blind Wolves

“I am the captain of a ship that’s going down.”

Once inexplicably dubbed Ross Clark & the Scarfs Go Missing, the Glasgow folk rock four-piece Three Blind Wolves are back with a new name and an even newer album. The Sound of the Storm was released two weeks ago, and contains six tracks of Scottish alt-country gems. The album launch was this past weekend, but the band has a smattering of shows throughout Scotland in the upcoming months – with more to be added, I’m sure. Frontman Ross Clark has some recorded solo work that can also be purchased via the band’s Myspace page.

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Song, By Toad



I’ve added a new site to the blog roll, and I think you should all check it out. Besides being a very simple and beautiful site, I find myself having nearly identical taste in music with site owner Matthew Young. He operates out of Edinburgh and thus has his finger situated dead center on the pulse of Scottish music. In addition to the general music musings, reviews, and podcasts, the Toad Sessions (latest of which is London’s Mumford & Sons) are a particularly great feature of the site. Enjoy!

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Maps & Atlases

“I slept on the solid ground near your house.”

The eclectic Chicago indie-rock 4 piece Maps & Atlases just announced the summer release of their new record entitled Perch Patchwork. The release comes by way of Barsuk Records, and hits shelves on June 29. The band’s upcoming spring tour takes them coast to coast and has them playing with my personal favorites Frightened Rabbit. Fans of the band’s prior EPs know that Maps & Atlases is a very astute and technically brilliant band – art rock at its finest. The band will play the Varsity Theater here in Minneapolis on May 10th. Be sure to check out frontman Dave Davidson’s side project Cast Spells if you like what you hear.

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Calories

“The journey is ending, but all is not lost.”

Probably more than anyone, I love a good bit of self-deprecation. I am convinced, however, that middle England’s 3 piece Calories are selling themselves a bit short by facetiously claiming that they are “officially the 4th best band in Birmingham ever.” The band’s gritty and original post-punk fits well on the roster at Oxford indie Big Scary Monsters. The label released the new EP Let’s Pretend That We’re Older, title track featured below, a few months ago. Also included is a video for a track from the band’s Adventuring LP. If you’re in London, be sure to catch Calories when they play Camden Crawl early next month.

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