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HighSchool

Accelerator

    Buzz-worthy post-punk outfit HighSchool continue their ascendant 2024 with the release of their highly-awaited second studio EP, Accelerator.

    Collating singles ‘August 19’, ‘Doesn’t Matter’ and ‘She Took You to Narnia’, HighSchool’s second EP builds seamlessly on the sounds of their 2021 cult-classic debut Forever At Last.

    Having spent the intervening years polishing their craft across Melbourne and their adopted home of London, Accelerator was produced by rising producer Finn Billingham, mixed by GRAMMY-winning engineer Philippe Weiss (Earl Sweatshirt, Nas, Drake) and mastered by Blur and Depeche Mode producer Ben Hillier.

    The resulting five-track collection is suffused with emotionally charged and elliptical songwriting, conjuring the tangible aura of the band’s post-punk forebears as filtered through a lens of contemporary lo-fi bedroom pop.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. August 19
    2. Doesn’t Matter
    3. She Took You To
    4. Narnia
    5. Heaven’s Gate
    6. Mondo Cane

    Portland

    Departures

      Portland is a project born of instant connection, yet it’s also one that has survived some of the darkest life can throw at them. Dreamy songwriting bathed in beauty, the Belgian two-piece thrive on pure expression, infusing their beatific, ethereal work with incredible honesty. New album, ‘Departures’, pushes them to the brink, forcing them to open up as never before, and in the process discover themselves all over again.

      The story starts almost a decade ago. Sarah Pepels was new in town, a music student attempting to make some roots. Hearing music coming from down the corridor in her student home, she knocked, and met Jente Pironet for the first time. One conversation led to the next, and within hours they were writing together, playing each other their ideas and sharing some profound secrets. “We shared the same passions,” she reflects. “We became best friends, soul mates… and the band emerged from that.”

      The two won the prestigious De Nieuwe Lichting prize - one of Belgium’s top honours for young songwriters - before releasing their precocious debut album ‘Your Colours Will Stain’ in 2019. Word quickly spread on their hazy dream pop - reminiscent of Beach House or School Of Seven Bells - but the pandemic pulled the shutters down on their burgeoning careers. As Jente puts it: “We went through some difficult times, I guess. The pandemic was very isolating for us both, and as a result the music took on board those emotions.”

      ‘Departures’ was born of this. Put simply, it’s magnificent - all the promise of their earlier work realized, it drifts between the grace of Slowdive and a sense of classic songwriting that recalls everyone from Fleetwood Mac, say, to Angus and Julia Stone. Sonically beautifully and emotionally gripping, it’s a profound song cycle, the work of musicians digging deeper than ever before.

      For fans of Beach House, Angus & Julia Stone, Mazzy Star, Ben Howard.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Where Did Everybody Go
      2. Good Girls
      3. Sensational
      4. Stardust
      5. Never Leave
      6. How It Is
      7. Last Trip
      8. Alyson
      9. Little Bit Closer
      10. Serpentine
      11. So Sweet
      12. No Man’s Land

      Bohren & Der Club Of Gore

      Bohren For Beginners

        Since their formation just over 30 years ago, hardly any German band has managed to create such a unique musical cosmos as Bohren & der Club O fGore, from Mühlheim.

        With their dark instrumental tracks, Bohren have been able to create a firm fanbase, and renowned musicians such as Mike Patton (Faith No More), Ry-X, John Grant, Soap&Skin and Thor Harris (Swans) have long since fallen for Bohren’s timeless songs.

        The wonderfully titled ‘Bohren For Beginners’ now collects all the highlights of the Bohren catalogue in partly remixed versions, as well as a new song, for the first time as a 3LP album; a gateway drug for newcomers as well as for diehard fans.

        Since a large part of the Bohren back catalogue has already been deleted for years, musical treasures are unearthed here that have lost none of their quality, and they will still be giving you goosebumps in 20 years.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Karin
        2. Prowler
        3. Constant Fear
        4. Maximum Black
        5. Ganz Leise Kommt Die Nacht
        6. Unrasiert
        7. Still Am Tresen
        8. Black City Skyline
        9. Kleiner Finger
        10. Zombies Never Die
        11. Daumen
        12. Catch My Heart
        13. Mitleid Lady
        14. Der Angler
        15. Schwarze Biene (Black Maja)

        Whispering Sons

        Several Others

          "Several Others" marks Whispering Sons first full-length release since their 2018 debut "Image", which saw them garner early support at press and radio as well as tallying up millions of streams for their dark and unique blend of experimental and frenetic post-punk. Similarly, prior to lockdown, their infamously ferocious live shows had also seen them begin to firmly cement themselves as a must-see live band playing alongside the likes of The Murder Capital, Patti Smith, The Soft Moon and Croatian Amor, as well as touring across the UK and Europe with the likes of Editors.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Dead End
          2. Heat
          3. (I Leave You) Wounded
          4. Vision
          5. Screens
          6. Flood
          7. Surface
          8. Aftermath
          9. Satantango
          10. Surgery

          Brodka

          Brut

            Polish alt-pop superstar Brodka announces new album BRUT; a powerful examination of gender, self-image and society. Hot on the heels of her Speedy Wunderground 7” 'Wrong Party', BRUT was recorded with Boxed In’s Oli Bayston (Kelly Lee Owens, Loyle Carner) and finds Brodka blurring the boundaries between natural and synthetic sounds. Post-punk riffs, icy synths and the serrated, heavily-processed guitar sounds that slice through glittering electro-pop to bring an industrial edge to the brutalism-inspired vision.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Come To Me
            2. Game Change
            3. Hey Man
            4. Imagination
            5. Falling Into You
            6. You Think You Know Me
            7. Fruits
            8. In My Eyes
            9. The World Is You
            10. Chasing Ghosts
            11. Sadness

            Violent Femmes

            Hotel Last Resort

              Ground breaking US band Violent Femmes return with 10th studio album ‘Hotel Last Resort’.

              Album includes featured appearance from professional skateboarder Stefan Janoski on backing vocals on a new version of the classic Femmes track ‘I’m Nothing’.

              Album title track ‘Hotel Last Resort’ features legendary guitarist Tom Verlaine (Television).

              For fans of Pixies, Television, Pavement.

              TRACK LISTING

              1 Another Chorus
              2 I Get What I Want
              3 I'm Nothing
              4 Adam Was A Man
              5 Not OK
              6 Hotel Last Resort
              7 Everlasting You
              8 It's All Or Nothing
              9 I'm Not Gonna Cry
              10 This Free Ride
              11 Paris To Sleep
              12 Sleepin' At The Meetin'
              13 God Bless America

              Third album from Public Service Broadcasting, the brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, and their bass player, keys and horns man extraordinaire, JFAbraham, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe.

              Released 7th July, on Every Valley Willgoose takes us on a journey down the mineshafts of South Wales valleys. Yet the record is a metaphor for a much larger, global and social malaise, using the history of coal mining to shine a light on the disenfranchised.

              The album features guest vocals from James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers), Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut, the award winning Welsh singer Lisa Jên Brown, and Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell on lead single ‘Progress’.

              Recorded at the Ebbw Vale Institute, South Wales.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Every Valley
              2. The Pit
              3. People Will Always Need Coal
              4. Progress [ft. Tracyanne Campbell]
              5. Go To The Road
              6. All Out
              7. Turn No More [ft. James Dean Bradfield]
              8. They Gave Me A Lamp [ft. Haiku Salut]
              9. You + Me [ft. Lisa Jên Brown]
              10. Mother Of The Village
              11. Take Me Home


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