Monthly Archives: March 2011

Shimmering Stars

“How come I don’t like anyone I meet?”

It’s not like these guys need any more hits on Hype Machine, but there are in fact so good that I am more than happy to add to the buzz.  Vancouver’s Shimmering Stars play the most bizarre mix of Beach Boys throwback and Joy Division melancholia.  Jangly indie-pop tracks couple with dark, if not altogether cryptic (case in point: “I’m Gonna Try”), lyrics as the band blends polar opposites to an interesting and enjoyable effect.  Little info has been circulated on the band, but I do know that they were lucky enough to play a couple of shows at SXSW this month. News on upcoming releases to follow…if I ever hear of any. Head to Bandcamp to hear more.

Shimmering Stars – I’m Gonna Try
Shimmering Stars – Atmosphere (Joy Division cover)

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El Obo, “Oxford Basement Collection” LP

“Swaying like a tower burned down by talking.”

Colour Revolt’s frontman Jesse Coppenbarger has actually been writing, recording, and performing under the name El Obo longer than the upcoming release date of his debut solo material might lead us to believe.  Back when Colour Revolt was first making waves, I remember happening across Jesse’s demo material on Purevolume (which are still posted a good five or six years later).  “This Is Love” struck me immediately as a track equal parts haunting, ethereal, and stunning.  I was pleased see that a new version of the track made the cut on the 13-song Oxford Basement Collection. The disc will be released via Esperanza Plantation on May 10th, and the first single “Vrgn Evl” is available for download below.

El Obo – Vrgn Evl

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Admiral Fallow, “Dead Against Smoking”

Just because it’s beautiful. And Boots Met My Face, my absolute favorite of this year, is being re-released in the UK tomorrow. Read my previous Admiral Fallow post here.

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Rainbow Danger Club

“I can row your boat back to shore.”

Wow.  Shanghai’s Rainbow Danger Club is turning a multitude of heads over in China, and seems like only a matter of very limited time before the buzz starts making it’s way West.  After stumbling across the new debut full-length, I have been eager to track down and consume everything the band has ever written and recorded.  It proved pretty simple, considering they only have one previous EP on top of the very recently released Where Maps End – both of which they have uploaded and made available as free downloads on their Bandcamp page.  You will enjoy it if you’re looking for a bit of Arcade Fire Funeral-inspired experimental theatrics.

Rainbow Danger Club – Drown the Creatures
Rainbow Danger Club – Lego Sunrise

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Life In Film, “Sorry”

“I would give to you a million heartbeats.”

Three songs isn’t enough.  I have been riveted with this band since seeing them support Tom Williams & the Boat up in Islington some weeks ago.  London’s Life In Film is surprisingly under the radar on the blog circuit despite a couple of upcoming support slots with Manchester Orchestra, some trips across the Channel, and a fair bit of press from some major media outlets.  I’ve not much to say about a full length, because I haven’t seen any bits of news about one – but I can only hope they are in the process.  Download the track “Sorry” below, and head to the band’s Myspace page to hear a couple more.

Life In Film – Sorry

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Bear’s Den, “Fickle Love”

Best news I’ve heard all week.  Former Cherbourg (1, 2, and 3) members, my once-favorite band, are making music together again as Bear’s Den.  Check out the new demo “Fickle Love”.  I am hoping to catch them in April as they support Marcus Foster here in London.  Otherwise, be sure to find them at Camden Crawl if you’re going this year…

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Tangled Hair, “Apples” EP

“I wouldn’t normally say…”

Most of us know by now that anything that comes by way of Big Scary Monsters is guaranteed to please.  For the longest time, the only Tangled Hair tracks to my name were the four I had downloaded sometime last year. And they were getting worn out – in a good way.  I am happy to have the new EP, Apples, under my wing now, and even more happy to share it.  The EP will be released sometime this month, and a short 9-stop tour will follow.  The band will end the string of dates in their hometown of Kingston, before moving to play Old Blue Last here in London on May 4th.  Preview the track “Campfire” below.

Tangled Hair – Campfires

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