02 Jun Music For Pleasure – New Music – May 2018
Music For Pleasure – New Music – May 2018
The latest instalment of the monthly music blog focussing on new tracks discovered in May.
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Oh Sees ‘Overthrown’ (Castle Face)
A brand new track from the highly consistent Oh Sees (Thee Oh Sees, OCS) via John Dwyer. Last year’s ‘Orc’ album was my album of the year and ‘Overthrown’ gives us a good indication that the forthcoming ‘Smote Reverser’ album will be just as good. The band return to the UK in July and September.
Pre-order from Rough Trade: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/oh-sees-smote-reverser
Iceage ‘Pain Killer’ (Matador Records)
Taken from their latest album ‘Beyondless’ this is the stand out track for me. I’ve never been a huge fan but this feels like it will be up their at the end of the year for me. Featuring Sky Ferreira ‘Pain Killer’ keeps reminding me of the Redskins for some bizarre reason. It must be the brass section!
Order from Rough Trade: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/iceage-beyondless
Shark Toys ‘Let’s Follow (City Lights)’ (In The Red Records)
Exactly two minutes of pop-punk from this LA based band and signed to In The Red Records (also LA based). ‘Let’s Follow (City Lights)’ is taken the ‘Labyrinths’ album that is out now. The band remind me of their label mates the Des Demonas who released ‘The South Will Never Rise Again’ at the end of 2017.
Order from Rough Trade: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/shark-toys-labyrinths
Scientists ‘Brain Dead’ (In The Red Records)
The return of Scientists. I fell in love with this band at a time when there were so many great bands coming out of Australia (Died Pretty, Lime Spiders, The Moffs, Hoodoo Gurus, Celibate Rifles…..). ‘Brain Dead’ sees a great return for the band who are currently touring Europe.
Sam Evian ‘IDGAF’ (Saddle Creek Records)
I really liked the ‘Health Machine’ track that came out earlier in the year and featured earlier in the March playlist. ‘IDGAF’ is a song that is just as strong and surprisingly got it’s meaning in seconds! Taken from the ‘You, Forever’ album Sam recently played his debut UK shows and will return later in the year.
Order the album from Rough Trade: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/sam-evian-you-forever
Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert ‘Party On’ (Rock Action Records)
This collaboration took a while for me to get but after their live session on Marc Riley’s show the penny dropped. Beautifully produced and wonderful lyrically this track, and album, is a real grower. Taken from the ‘Here Lies The Body’ album released on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records which is out now.
Order from Rough Trade: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/aidan-moffat-and-rm-hubbert-here-lies-the-body
Sparks ‘You Earned The Right To Be A Dick’ (BMG Rights)
I grew up listening to Sparks and bought a lot of their singles. The TOTP performance of ‘Get In The Swing’ was one of THE most mesmerising performances of the 1970’s (watch it on YouTube)! I then forgot about the band until Franz Ferdinand collaborated with them on the FFS album (recorded at RAK Studios) which was just brilliant. This track ‘You Earned The Right To Be A Dick’ is allegedly about Lou Reed and was taken from the ‘Hippopotamus’ recording session although not included on the actual album. Not a throwaway single as I originally anticipated, but a really clever pop song.
Order From Rough Trade: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/sparks-you-ve-earned-the-right-to-be-a-dick
White Denim ‘Magazin’ (City Slang)
Another grower, this time from Austin (TX) based White Denim. Taken from the forthcoming ‘Performance’ album due out on 24th August on City Slang. Reminds me of a mix of Ty Segall and Wand with a real psychedelic feel to it. Due to play in London (Rough Trade East & Moth Club) and EOTR Festival around the album’s release.
Pre-order from Rough Trade: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/white-denim-performance
Hippes vs Ghosts ‘Don’t Ever Think’ (Hippies vs Ghosts)
This song has snuck in under the radar. I love ‘No Left No Right’ (as featured in the FEB18 playlist) but didn’t really bother to listen to the album. I then listened to their re-scheduled live session on Marc Riley’s show and this track really stood out. It couldn’t be any further from ‘No Left No Right’ and it’s just a beautiful pop song. A song to obsess over for a few weeks.
The Sexual Objects ‘Here Come the Rubber Cops’ (Creeping Bent Organisation)
Davy Henderson has always been a part of my musical listening life over the years especially with the the Fire Engines or Win (a popular band at Virgin Records, Portsmouth circa 1984-87). ‘Here Come the Rubber Cops’ featured on the 2010 album ‘Cucumber‘ and still stands the test of time. A summer song that has hints of The Pastels subtly embedded into it. Stunning!