Mix and Snatch
Hello folks. Here are some things I think are pretty great…as a bonus they cost not a penny.
Maps & Atlases…Winter
It might titled Winter but this track’s got a summery bounce that will cheer up your day. An infectious advance peek at the Chicago band’s spring album Beware and Be Grateful get it via via Fat Cat Records.
Blue Sky Archives…Cosplay the Hard Way
Although they debuted in 2010 Glasgow five piece Blue Sky Archives have just arrived on my musical radar. Their new single ‘Cosplay the Hard Way’ is out from their site, where you can also stream the entire album in advance of it’s release.
Human Don’t Be Angry…H.D.B.A Theme
If this track’s anything to go by Malcolm Middleton’s Human Don’t Be Angry album is sure to be a highlight of this musical year. Personally I could do without the robotic vocal, but in essence H.D.B.A Theme sees Middleton getting back to what he does best - creating incredible instrumental music.
It’s pretty much the case that you love a song when you’re about to turn the radio off and instead you stand beside it just to listen. That’s what I did with this track when I heard it on BBC Music last week, it’s a slice of something special. Perfume Genius is actually songwriter Mike Hadreas and the track’s out via Matador, you can also stream the full album Put Your Back N2 it via the Guardian.
Dress Rehearsal…The River Blue
Canadian’s Dress Rehearsal kindly sent me some songs a while ago to mark their new single The Lazy River Road. Admittedly I had never heard of them but the two tracks River Blue and Morning Grey are kind of captivating. As an added bonus they have a selection of credible Joanna Newsom, Beirut and Bon Iver covers which you can download free here.