Sounds on Sunday (17)

More diverse new sounds to wake up your Sunday – thanks to all contributors. Have a listen and let me know what you think, in the comments below – please also mention any new music you’d like to share. There’s a Soundcloud playlist for the first nine tracks, followed by an individual link to the final track on Youtube. Details as follows:

Frozen Houses – Greenhouse on Mars: New release from Frozen Houses, who was also featured on 6 November. He says: “I’m really happy with the art work, it was done with playdough!”

Sexy Levels – #SUICIDESAUCE: New release from East London electro/dance duo Sami and Andi.

New Mystics – Modern: Second single from New Mystics, the side project of a band that has toured directly with Radiohead, Bon Iver and The National. Of the track, New Mystics say, “As a kid everyone told me to smile, even when I didn’t have anything to smile about. The loss of youthful upbringing/religion and trying to reinvent the way to be as a human being … but sort of being met with this weathered 21st-century world where your dreams fail because “THE MODERN AGE IS OVER” meaning that your generation has been fucked.”

Stray Owls – “Ninth Street” ,“Ruin is Formal” and “Red Flags”: “After self-releasing EP’s in late 2015 and early 2016, Stray Owls, the Mebane, NC duo of Scott Griffiths and Matt French are … releasing their first full length, A Series of Circles, on February 17th via Potluck Foundation, a Chapel Hill/Durham-based boutique record label … Building on the fuzz-folk of their previous releases and live shows, the band fleshed out these recordings by incorporating mellotron, drums, a typewriter, piano, xylophone, banjo, and layers of feedback that all find a place … Matt and Scott trade led vocals and fuse traditional storytelling with stream of conscious imagery that seems to seep into their non-traditional structure of songwriting. Despite being self-taught, they play all the instruments on A Series of Circles, with the exception of drums.” These tracks are the first three singles from the album.

Louis Baker – Gave It All Away: From New Zealand, this “has been released as two different versions: one is a strikingly raw, acoustic recording by Baker, and the other is an electronic dance track produced by none other than Fat Freddy’s Drop legend behind the MPC, Mu.  Baker … released a 7″ split single vinyl, featuring the two versions of the song on February 10th 2017. This is the acoustic version.

Glowing Mourning – Sometime: “Electronic beat” New Jersey band – this track is from the album “Brief Feeling”.

Kane Strang – Oh, So You’re Off I See: “For fans of the likes of Interpol, Carseat Headrest, Utimate Painting and The Chills, Kane Strang is a 24-year old hailing from Dunedin, New Zealand. It’s the first single from the New Zealander’s forthcoming album that he is currently putting the finishing touches on. That record is due out later this year on Dead Oceans … Strang’s North American tour kicks off next month at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn and takes him to Savannah Stopover, SXSW and Treefort. These are his first shows ever outside of New Zealand.”

Ursina – Question Untold: Track from this Swiss singer’s debut album “You Have My Heart”. “The album explores broad themes of love that will be painfully familiar to its listeners. It begins with the track ‘You Have My Heart’ a cautious tale, where she sings “I think you have my heart it is a fragile one, please be gentle and don’t fool around”, the combination of the subtle string sounds and her soft vocals accentuate this message. Of the ten songs on the album, two of them ‘En In Mund’ and ‘Affonza’ are sung in her mother tongue – the Swiss dialect, Romansh – the latter, a beautifully stripped back and soft showcase of Ursina’s astonishing vocals accompanied by a solemn piano and an almost imperceptible trumpet … Originally hailing from Graubünden in Switzerland, the 31-year-old singer enrolled at Lucerne’s Higher School of Music, majoring in jazz studies citing her musical influences as Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley and Feist.”












9 thoughts on “Sounds on Sunday (17)

  1. Nothing I didn’t like this week. I think I agree about Stray Owls. Excellent tracks all three.
    Oddly, on the first listen, they made me think of both Syd Barrett and Wire. Second time around I couldn’t hear that comparison at all. Go figure…

    • Stray Owls made me think of Pink Floyd (a little) and Barclay James Harvest (a little) – 70s era anyway, perhaps it’s the mellotron.

  2. Inspired by your comments, I gave Stray Owls a go, quite like the Barrettesque Red Flags, but I’m afraid I’m not in an open minded musical mood tonight so I’ll leave my comments there.

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