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Bachelor (Jay Som + Palehound)

Doomin' Sun

    Bachelor, the new project from Melina Duterte (Jay Som) and Ellen Kempner (Palehound), is not a band, it’s a friend-ship. After being mutual fans for years, they finally met when sharing the bill at a show in Sacramento in 2017. Keeping in touch over text and Instagram posts, Duterte and Kempner started recording together for fun in 2018, resulting with what would become "Sand Angel", the seductive slow-burner that convinced the pair to write an album together.

    Reconvening in January 2020, the duo packed the entirety of Duterte’s recording equipment into two cars and headed to a rental house in Topanga, CA. In this space Kempner and Duterte hybridized their individual song-writing talents, producing a collection that slips between moods with ease and showcases their lyrical prowess. Arriving with almost no songs written and no solid plan, they finished the 10 songs that make up Doomin’ Sun after two short weeks. That much work in so little time may sound exhausting, but it wasn’t, it was blissful and freeing.

    There was a lot of pain that went into the record, especially around themes of queerness and climate change inspired by the red skies and wildfires subsuming Australia at the time. However, when the duo did shed tears during the creative process, they weren’t tears of sadness, they were tears of laughter. When Kempner and Duterte look back on those weeks, what they remember first is shortness of breath and the inability to track vocal takes without falling to the floor howling. They couldn’t remember a time they’d ever been so delirious with creativity, so overwhelmed with joy.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    1. Back Of My Hand
    2. Sand Angel
    3. Stay In The Car
    4. Went Out Without You
    5. Spin Out

    Side B
    6. Anything At All
    7. Moon
    8. Sick Of Spiraling
    9. Aurora
    10. Doomin’ Sun

    Dream Wife

    IRL - Live In London 2020

      Following the release of their Top 20 charting second album So When You Gonna..., Dream Wife (Alice Go, Bella Podpadec and Rakel Mjöll) now share live album IRL – Live in London 2020, a limited vinyl pressed on Neon Orange wax. Fortuitously recorded by their FOH engineer at London's Peckham Audio this past January, it documents what was expected to be the band’s first of many shows of 2020. Featuring highlights from their first and second albums, plus the previously unreleased song "Cheap Thrills", the recording has undoubtedly captured a blistering performance that showcases the trio's trademark ferocity.

      Dream Wife say that:

      “The rock show is the beating heart of this band. We cut our teeth as a unit playing relentless DIY tours before ever releasing music. We often describe recordings as a snapshot of a song at a moment in time, but understanding them as living, breathing, transforming entities through the rock show. Kicking off this year we imagined 2020 to be seriously getting back to touring, to playing shows, to letting these songs live. But... 2020 and 2021 so far has not been what anyone expected it to be.

      When we put on this small intimate ‘sort of’ secret gig for fans & friends at Peckham Audio back in January we thought it was the first but, as it turns out, it was going to be the only for a very long time. We truly believe in the transcendental power of live music; that you have the power to go somewhere together. We can’t wait to commune with you IRL, at the rock show; to share sweat and joy and rage and grief and energy and love. But for now, we offer you a snapshot of our only rock show of 2020. We offer you a little bit of that energy and rawness and connection captured digitally. It's not quite the same. But don’t worry we'll be together, we will be loud, and we will be unapologetically present soon. Lots of love, Your Wives xxx

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: It's hard not to think of the gigs that could have been, but with this collection, the veritable Dream Wife allow us to put ourselves in the midst of a sweaty pit and feel the energy bashing through our lugs. It's a perfectly paced and brilliantly immersive set, and gives a flawless impression of just how superb the REAL live show could be.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Hey Heartbreaker (Live)
      2. So When You Gonna… (Live)
      3. Hasta La Vista (Live)
      4. Cheap Thrills (Live)
      5. Somebody (Live)
      6. Kids (Live)
      7. Sports! (Live)
      8. F.U.U. (Live)
      9. Let’s Make Out (Live)

      Middle Kids

      Today We're The Greatest

        The Sydney-based three-piece Middle Kids, formed of lead singer and songwriter Hannah Joy, multi-instrumentalist Tim Fitz and drummer, Harry Day, release their second album, Today We’re The Greatest via Lucky Number. Recorded and produced in Los Angeles by Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, Soccer Mummy, Purity Ring), the follow-up to the band’s award-winning 2018 debut, Lost Friends, is their most personal and courageous effort to date. Moving away from lyrics of a more conceptual nature, Today We’re The Greatest is the open, uninhibited product of fearless collaboration. Showing a real vulnerability, Joy is pulling directly from her own experiences and breaking down barriers she had previously set for herself. About the new record, she said: “I want to make music that loves its listener. Music that makes people feel seen, seen in the tiny little places that hide away in their hearts. I want people to hear our music, and feel a sense of love. And when I say love, it can be challenging, intense and tough. But it’s in the guts.” She added: “It can be easier to live dualistically, splitting the world in two. We want to be able say it’s this or it’s that, but sometimes it’s both -- and can we hold both? Can we hold the brokenness? Can we hold the beauty? That has definitely been a defining bit of this album, the fragility in that dance.

        The album includes "nervy Strokes-esque floorfiller" (The Guardian) “R U 4 Me?” and their monumental new single, “Questions”, a charged three-minute odyssey which sees Joy struggle poetically with concepts of honesty and intimacy over an explosive rhythm section and a stunningly orchestrated brass-filled climax. As Joy explains, “Questions” is about the fallacies of intimate relationships; “I used to drink a lot and most of my previous relationships revolved around this. I don’t think I ever really knew them or they me as a result. Questions is about people being around each other but not being close. People who are in intimate relationships can stop asking questions of each other because they are uncomfortable and confusing.”

        Other tracks like “Run With You”, were written when Joy was a few months into pregnancy with her and Tim Fitz, her husband and bandmate’s, first child. They recorded her 20-week sonogram, and wove the gentle, rapid thump of their baby boy’s beating heart into the last 20 seconds of the track -- an exuberant declaration of devotion. Joy’s journey to motherhood and her marriage with Fitz has imbued her songs with a vibrancy that’s unabashedly romantic yet free of clichés. There’s also “Stacking Chairs,” with its unique allegories and Joy’s sunny vocals, that strikes this delicate balance beautifully: it’s a testament to her deep connection with Fitz and the new, “infinitesimal” love that transformed their lives with their son’s arrival.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Bad Neighbours
        2. Cellophane (Brain)
        3. R U 4 Me?
        4. Questions
        5. Lost In Los Angeles
        6. Golden Star
        7. Summer Hill
        8. Some People Stay In Our Hearts Forever
        9. Run With You
        10. I Don’t Care
        11. Stacking Chairs
        12. Today We’re The Greatest

        Dream Wife

        So When You Gonna....

          Dream Wife’s rise has been swift and steep from the start. Their self-titled debut album – an 11-track collection of heavy garage-punk riffs and dance party pop, out January 2018 – was released to widespread critical acclaim (five stars and a cover in the NME, positive coverage across BBC Radio 1, The Guardian, The Fader, Dazed, Nylon and more). They soundtracked shows like Orange is The New Black and Trinkets. Supported bands such as Garbage, The Kills and Sleigh Bells. Toured with Sunflower Bean across North America. And during all of this, took their explosive live show and pushed it out further, to an already eager, international audience.

          Now the band – vocalist Rakel, guitarist Alice, bassist Bella – are back with their second album, So When You Gonna… out July 3, 2020. Just like the title suggests, this is a record brimming with adrenaline and playful excitement (“It’s an invitation, a challenge, a call to action,” says Rakel). From the jagged, CSS-like guitar of “So When You Gonna…” to the hooky brightness of album opener “Sports!” and the whip-smart lyrical asides of “Validation”, these are moreish, pumped up, sparkling tracks that feel like newer, dynamic evolutions of debut standouts, like “F.U.U.” and “Hey Heartbreaker.”

          But they often lean into sweeter, softer, more emotional moments too. “With every loss how do you carry through / Know you’re brave to jump back into,” sings Rakel on “Temporary”, her voice floating over melodic, honey-sweet guitar like an indie lullaby. “There are so few songs about miscarriage,” Rakel says, speaking about the lyrics. “People don’t talk about this. And then to not have this as a conversational topic in our society among womxn... you realise, in your later twenties, probably every other one of your friends has experienced an abortion or miscarriage. I think that’s something that needs to be spoken about.”

          Dream Wife have always been outspoken about holding up other womxn and non-binary people in the creative industries, but these aren’t just words or sentiments. With a gender divide in music production currently estimated at around ninety-five percent male to five percent female, the band are proud to have worked with an all-female recording team for So When You Gonna..., including producer and mixer Marta Salogni (Björk, Holly Herndon, FKA Twigs) engineer Grace Banks (David Wrench, Marika Hackman) and mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Princess Nokia, Alex G, Beach House).

          “It was a way of us practicing what we preach,” says Alice, “It felt like an honour to be able to deliver this baby with these three amazing midwives.” “Put your money where your mouth is!” adds Rakel, quoting the lyrics of “Sports!”

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Sports!
          2. Hasta La Vista
          3. Homesick
          4. Validation
          5. Temporary
          6. U Do U
          7. RH RN
          8. Old Flame
          9. So When You Gonna…
          10. Hold On Me
          11. After The Rain

          Hinds

          The Prettiest Curse

            With “The Prettiest Curse” Hinds shrug off any remaining lo-fi accusations and unveil a widescreen beast of an album, not so much a shift as a quantum leap in their evolution as a band. This is a record positively bursting with life, with the band finally harnessing the full extent of their pop prowess and unleashing songs which sound bigger, bolder, and more complex than anything they have done before. Which isn’t to say they have turned their backs on being Hinds – quite the opposite in fact! Here, they double down on what, precisely, makes them so special – the bright melodies betraying heartbreaking themes of isolation and betrayal, the empowering, don’t mess with us all-girl gang glow - while going even further.

            You know how people say that a drop of balsamic vinegar makes strawberries taste more strawberry-ish? Well, on “The Prettiest Curse”, Hinds sound even more Hinds-ish, and marvelously so.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Good Bad Times
            2. Just Like Kids (Miau)
            3. Riding Solo
            4. Boy
            5. Come Back And Love Me <3
            6. Burn
            7. Take Me Back
            8. The Play
            9. Waiting For You
            10. This Moment Forever

            Darwin Deez

            Darwin Deez: 10 Yearz

              Upon its release in April 2010, Darwin Deez’s debut album was met with universal praise from international media, especially in the UK. Championed by the likes of BBC Radio 1 and the NME, the latter even named him the 10th coolest musician on the planet as he graced their cover. There was nobody around quite like Darwin, and his wonderfully off-kilter debut album is testament to that fact.  Recording the album in his own apartment using only a PC and a cheap microphone – he can lay a claim to being the original indie ‘bedroom’ artist – the songs are mostly stripped down, simple and unadorned but they pulse and throb deliciously with life and a rare wit. Certainly, it would be hard to think of anyone else who can start a song by cribbing “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star” as the opening line (as on ‘Constellations’), while rhyming “Los Angeles” with “televangelist” (as on ‘Radar Detector’). However, it is also important to note that there is also an emotive undertow of sadness and longing in his oeuvre. By turns joyous and heart tugging, winsome and wistful, glorious and gorgeous, buoyed aloft by Deez’s ear for a soaring chorus and a catchy tune, not to mention his knack for a killer couplet, Darwin self-proclaimed the album as being ‘happy songs for sad people’.


              TRACK LISTING

              1. Constellations
              2. Deep Sea Divers
              3. The City
              4. DNA
              5. The Suicide Song
              6. Up In The Clouds
              7. Bed Space
              8. The Bomb Song
              9. Radar Detector
              10. Bad Day

              Bonus 7”/CD Tracks
              11. Lights On
              12. The Coma Song
              13. Hey Mom

              London based five-piece HMLTD release their long-awaited debut album, West of Eden. The expansive, labyrinthine debut has been several years in the making, a daring collection of songs created to incite conversation about proposed new visions of masculinity, the decadence of western capitalism and the violence of insecurity and repression. Across its 15 tracks, the band’s artistic vision is realised in full technicolour, with all shades of their sonic palette used to create an album that is equal parts lush and abrasive.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: A political tour-de-force of skittering percussion, fuzzy guitars and dubby club aesthetics, all imbued with a snarling, punky lilt. A wildly varied, but perfectly curated melting pot of influences from HMLTD.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. The West Is Dead
              2. LOADED
              3. The Ballad Of Calamity James
              4. To The Door 5. Satan, Luella & I
              6. Mikey’s Song
              7. Why?
              8. 149 (feat. Tallulah Eden)
              9. Joanna
              10. Where’s Joanna?
              11. Death Drive
              12. Nobody Stays In Love
              13. MMXX A.D.
              14. Blank Slate
              15. War Is Looming

              Releasing her first solo singles as Nardeydey at the tail end of 2018 and start of 2019, Shirley Tetteh signaled the emergence of a singular and complex songwriter-artist from a guitarist of renown in London’s new jazz scene. As well as playing in fast-rising collective Nérija (Domino), spiritual jazz ensemble Maisha (Brownswood), and also in the Mercury Music Prize 2019 nominated Seed Ensemble, Shirley now opened up to reveal her deeply personal and remarkable songwriting, pulling together myriad influences from folk, pop, jazz, soul, gospel, electro-pop, afrobeats and beyond. All written and self-produced, the tracks are deeply original, wearing her guitar virtuosity lightly in creating inexplicably perfect trans-genre pop songs.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: Love! Nérija member Shirley Tetteh's solo work as Nardeydey condenses flavours of jazz, gospel, Afro-beat and synth into a soulful and shimmering pop sound which we are all about right now. RIYL Sinkane, Naytronix, ALlysha Joy

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Speedial
              2. Dreamin
              3. Slippin

              Melina Duterte, aka Jay Som, wrote most of her brilliant new album, Anak Ko—pronounced Ah-nuh Koh and meaning “my child” in Filipino—in a burst during a self-imposed week-long solo retreat to Joshua Tree. As in the past, Duterte recorded at home and remained the sole producer, engineer, and mixer. Honing in on simplicity and groove, refining her skills as a producer, Duterte cracked her sound open subtly, highlighting its best parts: She’s bloomed.

              Inspired by the lush, poppy sounds of 80s bands such as Prefab Sprout, the Cure, and Cocteau Twins—as well as the ecstatic guitarwork of contemporary Vancouver band Weed—Anak Ko sounds dazzlingly tactile, and firmly present. The result is a refreshingly precise sound.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. If You Want It
              2. Superbike
              3. Peace Out
              4. Devotion
              5. Nighttime Drive
              6. Tenderness
              7. Anak Ko
              8. Crown
              9. Get Well

              Charly Bliss

              Young Enough

                Charly Bliss have evolved from the bunch of scrappy upstarts behind their brash punk debut Guppy, to the confident, assured artists who have produced the comparatively dynamic and unapologetically pop Young Enough. But, for lead singer Eva Hendricks, the path of this evolution was fraught, as her lyrics inspired by a past abusive relationship show. Songwriting became a source of respite, and, eventually, redemption. “You go through experiences of loss or extreme pain and you just keep moving,” Eva says. “You look around and go, how has the world not stopped? But it is also powerful. It’s like, I’m still here, I’m not a person who is ruled by pain, I still like who I am.”

                “Chat Room” and “Young Enough” are new sonic lynchpins, as is the soaring, mini epic, “Fighting In the Dark.” The delicate synth confessional “Hurt Me” also felt, as Eva puts it, “like something we hadn’t explored yet.” The entire record sounds like a new realm, from the deceptively easeful confessional “Capacity” to the propulsive, more classic pop of “Hard To Believe.” In the end, Young Enough feels joyful and celebratory, but also infused with a new sense of depth and maturity. “I want people to feel strong when they listen to this record,” says Eva. “Like you’re working through some shit but you feel really strong and beautiful, even if you’re in a lot of pain. That’s what I want people to feel. The opposite of broken.”


                TRACK LISTING

                1. Blown To Bits
                2. Capacity
                3. Under You
                4. Camera
                5. Fighting In The Dark
                6. Young Enough
                7. Bleach
                8. Chat Room
                9. Hurt Me
                10. Hard To Believe
                11. The Truth

                Ratso

                Stubborn Heart

                  NYC author/writer/actor Larry "Ratso" Sloman has collaborated with some of the most dynamic figures in pop culture from Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, John Cale and Leonard Cohen. Ratso also wrote the best-selling memoirs for Howard Stern, Anthony Kiedis and Mike Tyson. Now at 70, Ratso announces debut LP Stubborn Heart. Ratso explains, “If you would have told me when I was covering Dylan's Rolling Thundertour for Rolling Stone Magazine that forty-four years later, I would be releasing my first album I would have laughed and asked for a hit of whatever it was you were smoking. Guess I’ll take that hit now.”

                  For the last forty-four years Larry “Ratso” Sloman has forged an impressive career as a writer of books, lyrics and most recently screenplays. Credited with writing features on Lou Reed, George Harrison and Leonard Cohen for Rolling Stone, Sloman was also personally invited by Bob Dylan to join his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue as the tour's official scribe, which led to Ratso's first book On The Road With Bob Dylan (dubbed by Dylan as "The War and Peace of Rock and Roll”). On tour he was given the moniker “Ratso” by Joan Baez for his disheveled appearance. Ratso has collaborated with Howard Stern, Anthony Kiedis, David Blaine, and Mike Tyson on their best-selling memoirs. He was asked by Leonard Cohen to preface On Tour with Leonard Cohen and Ratso's biography of Houdini will soon be a major-motion picture.

                  Ratso has paid his dues in the tower of song, having written the lyrics for over thirty tracks with Rick Derringer (McCoys) and ex-Velvet Underground founder John Cale, including "Dying on the Vine," which became Cale’s signature solo song (inspiring not one, but two novels). Ratso has also acted in films as diverse as the award-winning short The Black Balloon, the horror film Satan’s Little Helper and has a large role in Martin Scorsese's upcoming Netflix documentary on Dylan's Rolling Thunder tour, out in April.

                  What hasn’t Ratso done? His own album. At 70, Ratso is releasing debut album Stubborn Heart, produced by his close friend Vin Cacchione (of Soft Black and Caged Animals) at his studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Stubborn Heart blends a classic songwriting approach with a contemporary sophistication. The album features Ratso singing on eight originals (including songs that were co-written with John Cale) and what he describes as an “audacious” Bob Dylan cover, along with the generous talents of his friends Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Sharon Robinson (Leonard Cohen’s co-writer, producer and back-up singer), Yasmine Hamdan, Imani Coppolla and more.

                  Reminiscing on the album Ratso says, “Everything about this project was fun. And it was always about the songs. They had been lying dormant since 1984. They deserved a life.” Each track carries a significant and often astonishing history. For instance, the John Cale collaboration "Dying On The Vine," was originally conceived in hotel room off Sunset Blvd. whilst trading lines with Tom Waits and Chuck E. Weiss, whereas Sharon Robinson was convinced to sing on the record in exchange for Ratso writing the aforementioned Leonard Cohen preface for free, described by Ratso as an “old school barter.”

                  Stubborn Heart is an album that is fittingly autobiographical, harking back to various stages of Ratso’s accomplished career and life, sung by a guy who witnessed the counter-cultural explosion of 1970's NYC and birthed forty years later within the DIY confines of Brooklyn. His Rolling Stones fan club card long gone, Ratso’s now a card-carrying member of the American Association of Retired Persons but he’s determined to ride this new career wherever it takes him. “Maybe I can be the Jewish Susan Boyle,” he muses. “The oldest best new artist ever and if that doesn’t pan out, I can always perform on subway platforms. Hey, I can get in for half-price!”


                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. I Want Everything (ft. Yasmine Hamdan)
                  2. Our Lady Of Light (ft. Nick Cave)
                  3. Caribbean Sunset (ft. Imani Coppola & Paul Shapiro)
                  4. Dying On The Vine
                  5. Living In Moonlight
                  6. Matching Scars
                  7. Listen Little Man
                  8. Stubborn Heart
                  9. Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

                  Co-produced by Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait (who also mixed the record) and HC-producer Matt Molnar of Friends, Twentytwo in Blue shows Sunflower Bean stay true to their guitar band core and classic rock-inspired roots, while exploring new sonic textures with more direct and progressive themes. Unlike their debut, which was essentially a compilation of songs Sunflower Bean wrote while still in their teens, Twentytwo in Blue was made in the year between December 2016 and December 2017 and showcases how far the band has come since playing together in their high school days.

                  Sunflower Bean find a sublime maturity and progression to their sound and songwriting on Twentytwo in Blue. If there was a ragged beauty in the gauzy, groovy wall of sound of Human Ceremony, there’s a new directness to these songs, a product of the band’s growth and the insanity of the times we’re in. Sunflower Bean have gained a newly confident voice that they bring to the second album, one that doesn’t shy away from addressing the other events of those two years—political changes and cultural shifts that have left America and the world stupefied. “This has been such an unbelievable time,” says Kivlen. “I can’t imagine any artist of our ilk making a record and not have it be seen through the lens of the political climate of 2016 and 2017. So I think there’s a few songs on the record that are definitely heavily influenced by this sort of—whatever you want to say what the Trump administration has been.” “A shit show,” offers a helpful Faber.

                  Ultimately, this record is much more than a political statement or piece of commentary on today’s political climate. “I think one word that always comes to mind when I think about this record is lovable,” says Cumming. “We want the songs to be something that someone can get attached to, and have be a part of them. Because that’s what I look for in songs myself, and that’s the kind of experience we want to give to others.”

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  says: Not indie, but beautiful classic rock/pop from NYC's next big thing. With elements of sublime Pretenders-on-autopilot, Fleetwood Mac and even occasional Glam crunchers, this super- melodic 3 piece basically bring pristine jangling and classic riffing to superbly written pop songs, all sweetly delivered by lead singer Julia Cummings. It's a really good record.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Burn It
                  2. I Was A Fool
                  3. Twentytwo
                  4. Crisis Fest
                  5. Memoria
                  6. Puppet Strings
                  7. Only A Moment
                  8. Human For
                  9. Any Way You Like
                  10.Sinking Sands
                  11. Oh No, Bye Bye

                  Spanish quartet Hinds - Carlotta Cosials, Ana Perrotte, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen - announce their long-awaited second record I Don’t Run. Out April 6 via Lucky Number, the new album shows a bigger, better, faster, funnier, more dexterous Hinds. Co-produced by the band and Gordon Raphael [The Strokes, Regina Spektor], and engineered by Shawn Everett [Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius, The War On Drugs, John Legend], I Don’t Run is the product of a band fighting for their place, a band unwilling to rely upon their successes, a band who have just begun to prove themselves, and a band who plays hard but works even harder.

                  Some might expect them to write songs about being happy, young and carefree – “but we're not satisfied with that,” explains guitarist Ana Perrote. “On this album the struggles are clear. We want to be brave.” I Don’t Run is Hinds’ return with an honest reflection on a period that changed their lives beyond their wildest imaginations. After everything they’ve overcome, one might think a band like Hinds would have second album jitters, but think again. Hinds are chomping at the bit and with defiant confidence. “We loved making this album,” says Perrote. “We knew what we wanted and we have what we wanted. This is a new start for us and we're fucking ready.”

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. The Club
                  2. Soberland
                  3. Linda
                  4. New For You
                  5. Echoing My Name
                  6. Tester
                  7. Finally Floating
                  8. I Feel Cold But I Feel More
                  9. To The Morning Light
                  10. Rookie
                  11. Ma Nuit

                  When it comes to their sound, Dream Wife worships at the twin altars of David Bowie and Madonna. A scene unto themselves, their gigs are a riot of handmade props and stage sets that cover everything from space beaches to haunted graveyards, while their finely tuned show is the product of extreme DIY beginnings. It’s the songs too that make the shows, from the fiery fury of “FUU,” to the new wave politico-pop of “Somebody,” and euphoric old school indie hit “Fire.” These are songs in the classic mould – big, beautiful and crazily catchy. And, of course, there’s the three dynamic women at the band’s core. Get ready to fall under Dream Wife’s spell.

                  PRESS: Features and interviews in The Guardian, NME, DIY, Dork, with reviews expected in the aforementioned, plus Q, MOJO, Uncut, The Times and more. Features forthcoming, Time Out, Beat, The Skinny. More coverage across fashion magazines Vogue, Elle, expected.

                  “Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention.” - The FADER

                  “Dream Wife‘s most recent singles are two of the most urgent, empowering, and subversive rock jams of 2017” - Gorilla vs. Bear

                  "a well-oiled machine worthy of the Strokes but performed with the righteous indignation of Bikini Kill...snappy, punk-informed rock 'n' roll." - Stereogum

                  "why they rule: Astounding musical precision, addictive melodies, and plenty of heart." - Entertainment Weekly

                  “Dream Wife offer a soundtrack ripe for a punk Sofia Coppola movie soundtrack” - NYLON

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Let’s Make Out
                  2. Somebody
                  3. Fire
                  4. Hey Heartbreaker
                  5. Love Without Reason
                  6. Kids
                  7. Taste
                  8. Act My Age
                  9. Right Now
                  10. Spend The Night
                  11. F.U.U.

                  Sleigh Bells, Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, have announced their first new album in three years. Entitled Jessica Rabbit, the album was produced by the band and mixed by Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Tyler, the Creator); and for the first time ever they brought someone outside of the band into the creative process, working with Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Fiona Apple) to shape five of the band’s favourite tracks on the album.

                  The result is an album that does not sound like anything Sleigh Bells has ever done - or anyone has ever done, for that matter. It is the sonic equivalent of firing synapses, with melodies zigzagging in different directions in a beautiful and ever-modulating controlled chaos. It is playful but darkly so; flirtatious but caustic; ebullient but downright sinister. It is a record that is wholly unique in sound and purpose, an unabashed and unafraid statement from a band that has made offending rote conceptions of pop music their signature and greatest strength.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  says: There is more than a hint of shoegaze here, dream-pop melodies and serene floating vocals segue into ambient passages before flourishing into aggressive electronics. Elswehere, 80's tinged melodies and sing-along anthemic rock chords and twinkling arps take the forefront. Glow-sticks out everyone.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. It’s Just Us Now
                  2. Torn Clean
                  3. Lightning Turns Sawdust
                  4. I Can’t Stand You Anymore
                  5. Crucible
                  6. Loyal For
                  7. I Can Only Stare
                  8. Throw Me Down The Stairs
                  9. Unlimited Dark Paths
                  10. I Know Not To Count On You
                  11. Rule Number One
                  12. Baptism By Fire
                  13. Hyper Dark
                  14. As If

                  Since bursting onto the DIY scene last summer, Hinds - Ana Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen - have mastered a raw and playful sound all their own. With just a handful of released singles under their belt, Hinds have already earned early support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, NME, Guardian, Beats 1, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Gorilla vs. Bear, and many more. Now with the release of their eagerly awaited debut album, Hinds are firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting emerging acts of the year and show no sign of slowing down.

                  Kicking things off with their new single “Garden,” Hinds take us on a badass rock & roll ride on their debut full-length Leave Me Alone. Weaving sun-kissed, 60’s-inspired melodies, executed with a genius call-and-response between co-vocalists and band co-founders Perrote and Cosials, Hinds create the ultimate soundtrack to the best day ever - from start to finish - spent with your four best friends. In addition to previously released fan favorites including the band’s first-ever single “Bamboo,” “Castigadas En El Granero” - which translates in English to “Grounded In The Barn” - and the band’s first new song of 2015 “Chili Town,” Leave Me Alone only gets better with each song. Featuring bright surf-pop tune “San Diego,” the mixed-tempo “Fat Calmed Kiddos,” and a bitter ode to shitty boyfriends in “And I Will Send Your Flowers Back,” Leave Me Alone is guaranteed to bring the Mediterranean sun to you wherever you are in the world at any time of the year. 

                  “A concentrated shot of brattish indie psych…a total breath of fresh air” – NME

                  “Addictive, pure pop hooks…they know exactly what they’re doing” – Q

                  “Loud, spiky and infectiously happy…(they) have a smack of the Velvet Underground and ramshackle riot grrrl bands” – Time Out

                  “…all scratchy guitars, kiss-off lyrics and Phil Spector sonics.” – The Sunday Times

                  “a lackadaisical, whimsical 60s garage-pop tune that’ll snog your face off and then nick your ice-cream afterwards.” – The Guardian

                  “an assertive rhythm and off-kilter guitar line…an enjoyable ride.” - Pitchfork

                  “The chillest four-piece in rock hail from Madrid, and write choruses so loose and lovely you’ll want to wear them in like a favorite pair of sneakers.” - The FADER

                  “We're head over heels.” - Noisey.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  says: Infectious pop hooks but delivered with a kind of ramshackle, lo-fi cool rather than the hi-gloss synth-pop sheen of many bands at the mo. Guaranteed to set your toes tapping and bring a smile to your face.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Garden
                  2. Fat Calmed Kiddos
                  3. Warts
                  4. Easy
                  5. Castigadas En El Granero
                  6. Solar Gap
                  7. Chili Town
                  8. Bamboo
                  9. San Diego
                  10. And I Will Send Your Flowers Back
                  11. I’ll Be Your Man
                  12. Walking Home

                  Original press release: Lucky Number are thrilled to announce the release of both Trick and Rules the latest albums to be released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Trick and Rules follow on the acclaimed heels of the November 2014 international release of Alex’s fifth album, DSU. Recorded prior to DSU and previously only available via Alex’s Bandcamp account, the albums have now been professionally mastered and are being made commercially available for the very first time.

                  Rules is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks further highlight that Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.



                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Water
                  2. Come Back
                  3. Fighting
                  4. Wicked Boy
                  5. Candy
                  6. Mis
                  7. Master
                  8. New
                  9. Know Now
                  10. Rules
                  11. Message
                  12. Sandy (Bonus Track - Vinyl Only)
                  13. Good (Bonus Track - Vinyl Only)

                  Caged Animals is Vincent Cacchione, a New Jersey-born Italian living in Brooklyn. Known previously for the nearly noir folk-rock of his former band, Soft Black, Cacchione carries a strong songwriting gene in his Caged Animals brand of glitch-friendly pop - as inspired by the classicism of Jeff Magnum or John Lennon's solo material, as the melancholic R&B twist of James Blake or Frank Ocean, or the perfect fusion of Chad Van Gaalen's raw & pop qualities.

                  In The Land Of Giants is a record about family, faith and hope and its’ recording became an opportunity to do everything that Cacchione does best in one audio space - marrying the sonic experimentation of his love for electronica with the undeniable penchant for lyrical and emotional resonance he developed in Soft Black, a band he formed with (Zachary) Cole Smith of DIIV.

                  This is an intimate yet grand Pop record from an artist that is not afraid of stirring emotions amidst a mountain of melody, and certainly not afraid to risk being seen as uncool in order to deliver something genuine. Cacchione himself states “This is the most spiritual record I've made. It necessitated a huge shift in my worldview and a concentrated effort to distill all of my strengths into a focused idea. For me, this album was about making something emotional, direct and human within the context of computer-made, electronic music. My previous recordings dealt heavily with some serious issues from my past. On 'In The Land Of Giants', I'm seeing the clouds part and trying to describe the beauty of my first view of the sky". How cool is that?

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Too Much Dark
                  2. Stop Hurting Each Other
                  3. Cindy + Me
                  4. The Sound Of Thunder
                  5. U + Yr Rocketship
                  6. The Mute + The Mindreader
                  7. Tiny Sounds
                  8. We're Playing With Fire
                  9. A Psychic Lasso
                  10. In The Land Of Giants
                  11. (you're A Giant Now)
                  12. What You're Looking For

                  Reptar

                  Body Faucet

                    Reptar are from Athens Georgia and are the latest signing to Lucky Number (Darwin Deez, Friends, Caged Animals, Sebastien Tellier, Gotye). They have a reputation for riotous, must-see live shows becoming the most talked about band of 2011’s SXSW with the NME declaring they were “the most synonymous name in Austin”.

                    Debut album Body Faucet, has been produced by Ben H Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Bombay Bicycle Club) and it builds on the infectious dance-driven melodies established by the band on Oblangle Fizz Y'all EP (INCLUDED AS BONUS CD). Body Faucet finds the bands sonic wanderlust extending from African Music to post-punk to psych-pop.

                    “their playful electro-pop channels MGMT’s debut-album psychedelic-yet-ready-for-the-masses sheen, and their rambunctious antics recall the Black Lip’s punk bravado.” SPIN

                    “ Bouncing synth-pop recalling the gleaming, anthemic vibrancy of early MGMT, the galactic qualities of Empire Of The Sun and the playful oddities of Animal Collective. FLY

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Sebastian
                    2. Please Don’t Kill Me
                    3. Isoprene Bath
                    4. Orifice Origami
                    5. Houseboat Babies
                    6. Natural Bridge
                    7. Ghost Bike
                    8. New House
                    9. Thank You Gliese 370b
                    10. Sweet Sipping Soda
                    11. Three Shining Suns
                    12. Water Runs

                    Bonus Disc
                    1. Blastoff
                    2. Rainbounce
                    3. Context Clues
                    4. Stuck In My Id
                    5. Phonetics

                    Seventeen Evergreen

                    Steady On, Scientist

                    “Uplifting future-pop anthems that sound like a mixture of first-album MGMT and Little Dragon” The Guardian.

                    Five years after the release of their debut LP, Life Embarrasses Me On Planet Earth, San Francisco’s Seventeen Evergreen make an exciting return with sophomore long player, Steady On, Scientist!, via Lucky Number.

                    Sonic references are broad, explosive and reformulated. Late 80s/early 90s dance era pulsing pop-beats rise, hot with hope, fuelled by unique bass-lines, played like classic 60s Fender riffs, but with added synth propulsion, whilst lyrical and musical themes are always stretching beyond norms. Lyrics are immediately provoking and mind grabbing and across the album, vocals are textured like instruments in their own right.

                    This album is about space and density – the polarity and the duplicity of life. Names like New Order, Air, Screamadelica-era Primal Scream, Sonic Youth or Flaming Lips may come to mind, but sonically and spiritually, it’s a singularly triumphant and liberating concoction, an anthemic vision. Like their debut, Steady On, Scientist! is entirely self-written, recorded and produced and, once again, it emphasizes its creators clear and unique identity, away from the pack.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Polarity Song
                    2. Bucky
                    3. President Clavioline
                    4. Wasting Time / Castlefield
                    5. Del Paso Heights
                    6. Fluorescent Kind
                    7. Dancespider
                    8. Burn The Fruit


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