beau. – Routes

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Just as I was about to give up on the internet for another day I found this. A girl called Ruby Randall happens to work wth a bunch of electronic musicians in Canada she has a project that goes by the name beau.. A particular song they’re responsible for, called Routes – with Trevor and Evor & Lum as collaborators – could well be one of the most beautiful, hopeful sounding things I’ve stumbled across in a while. I mean, it twinkles.

I can’t tell you a whole lot about it apart from the fact it’s perfect for any Poliça fans in need of a slight cheering up, you can stream it on SoundCloud and it’s very, very, very – some might say ridiculously – pretty.

FYI, I’m only 85% sure it’s even the right act in the photo above… but that’s more than half so I’ll take the risk.

Mary Cassidy & Jon Lawless – Make it Do (S. Carey Remix)

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I have a big soft spot for Canadian double act Mary Cassidy & Jon Lawless and it would appear that I’m not the only one. A certain Sean Carey  – aka Justin Vernon’s mate from Bon Iver – has taken such a shine to their track Make It Do that he decided to do a little remix on it.

Safe to say the result is nothing short of beautiful and who knows, it would be great to see him maybe even produce a track or two with them in the future.

Moral of the story: Sometimes it comes own to both what and who you know… or who’s seen your (lovely) shit on the internet. Nice one, guys.

The Creeping Ivies – What Would Joey Ramone Do?

179162_387244718002568_539552225_nGrungey garage rock can be catchier than Rebecca Black rolled in velcro, according the Glasgow duo The Creeping Ivies and their single What Would Joey Ramone Do. After about a minute you’ll find yourself singing along and wishing you sounded like a human incarnation of a leather jacket, too.

My initial impression is that they have a kind of sound that is at once endearing, scruffy and really quite hard to ignore. Anybody would think they like punk or something…

With their second album Ghost World due to drop soon after the New Year via Dead Beat Records, and their debut effort, Stay Wild, still available, there’s a whole lot more where that came from.

Rice Milk – Be A Mensch (free download)

tumblr_mrdbf3dLjN1s0r4gio1_1280If you want something short and sweet, not to mention free, little-known Newcastle band Rice Milk might be right up your street. They have no less than six very listenable low-fi, bedroom-y tracks on offer via ASDFG Records on Bandcamp.

Whether or not they actually have any, you can pretty much hear the small outline tattoos and opulent facial hair wafting dreamily through these songs.

The bizarrely named nnnv might be the best of the bunch yet there’s just something endearing about them. Maybe it’s because they’re Tyneside’s answer to California dream pop. Well, after Geordie Shore, what did you expect?

The good news is that these guys are a whole lot easier to listen to than that omnishambolic MTV mistake and, like I said, it’s all for free. Then again, you could always join in with the cool kids and buy a limited edition casette for the hell of it.

#1s – ‘Sharon Shouldn’t’ and other loud things

number_ones_press_photoDublin’s own #1s might have a hashtag in their name but if you can get over unusual typography, you’ll soon learn that they also have a knack for bashing the living crap out of their instruments with some pretty happy results.

In short, if you want some noisey noise, these boys can provide it for you.

They create such an entincing garage rock-style hullaballoo that it’s actually quite hard not to move around like some drunk lunatic as they thrash out each and every tune. Little Irish ditties these are not, more something the giants who built the causeway might have approved of.

Their Soundcloud page has more than enough to keep anyone who likes this ruckus as much as I do occupied and there are a couple of videos, too, if you fancy.

After that, you should could even go right on ahead and buy Sharon Shouldn’t ASAP via Alien Snatch.

Brother Dege – new song ‘How to Kill a Horse’ free download

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While the long and seemingly endless wait for the follow up to Folk Songs of the American Longhair, Brother Dege has at least released another new song – after the massive tease that was Wehyah last year.

The new track is called How to Kill a Horse and it sounds a bit like what would happen if you mixed the ghost of Jonny Cash and the current Fleetwood Mac tour into some Louisiana swamp (with or without Christine McVie, the choice is yours). Download it for free and stick it on repeat if you don’t believe me.

It’s dark, it’s eerie, it’s a song that follows you around for a little while after you listen to it – haunting, you might say. It’s really quite something to behold, or should that be behear, and does nothing but reaffirm my total respect and admiration for what a bearded man with a resonator can do. I also believe he must have killed a horse or two himself in his time because it all sounds painfully, fascinatingly real.

Perhaps Tarantino might consider it for his next motion picture, after featuring Dege’s Too Old To Die Young in Django Unchained no less.

 

 

Young Summer – Fever Dream EP

PageImage-523415-5327424-YWISHSsjlvri_1hGdBlWac3sA0p0ZQJfgpkowKJs7tEI might be a little late to the party but Washingotn DC’s Young Summer – real name Bobbie Allen – has got one beautiful set of lungs on her. Add to that some mighty fine co-writers and some very smooth productions and you’ve got one undeniably gorgeous-sounding EP in the form of Fever Dream.

Citing influences such as Karen Carpenter and Michael Jackson, this girl has come up with a warm, pop-tastic sound that’s all her own without sounding anything but honest. Sure, there are some bells and whistles thrown in for good measure but if you can’t listen to one of her songs on a rainy day and not feel faintly optimistic afterwards, you’re an idiot.

What can I say, it’s pissing it down here in Paris and I feel  a lot better after hearing several of her songs.

You could easily shelf Fever Dream next to either Florence Welch, Bat For Lashes or just about any indie female vocalist, but don’t. If anything, she’s perhaps most comparable to Caitlin Rose and even that seems a little reductive, despite Caitlin Rose’s heart-warming brilliance on her latest record, The Stand-In. As it happens, Young Summer is garnering quite the loyal audience by herself as well as making some friends in both interesting and high places; the natural progression is surely a stratospheric career all of her own.

If she makes it big, or rather mahoosive, I’ll report back with a big I TOLD YOU SO.

Until then, you can buy Fever Dream on iTunes and even get a free download from the EP via the Young Summer Facebook Page.