Blossoming Mums

Blossoming Mums: “Autumn in Massachusetts” MP3 Stream

Sep 04, 2015

It's not easy to track down information about Blossoming Mums. They have a cassette entitled Dithering Mornings out on Night People this month, as well as a bandcamp page with a brief 2011 release called Up All Night and the admission that the band is "from a small town in western Massachusetts." Other than that, there is little to go on, but at least we can take some solace in the fact that theirs is a music which is complimented by mystery. "Autumn in Massachusetts," (apparently a retooling of the Up All Night track "Autumn Birthday) seems to come from a dream pop headspace, but also draws on vintage sunshine pop and freak folk. It also feels genuinely, blissfully unconnected to any other underground cassette releases in recent memory. Listen below.


“Turnstile” Video

Sep 03, 2015

Lionlimb (Stewart Bronaugh and Joshua Jaeger of Angel Olsen's backing band) have shared a video for "Turnstile," a single distinguished by its thick, glam-inflected guitar texture and skittering, jazzy percussion. The simple but effective animated clip features Bronaugh's own drawings. Watch below. "Turnstile" will be available as a 7-inch through Bayonet on September 18.



“God” MP3 Stream

Sep 02, 2015

A month ago, dreamy Danish punks Yung shared the expansive "Blue Uniforms." Now they've followed-up that lengthy cut with "God," which compresses all the frantic energy and desperation of the preceding single into a two-and-a-half-minute space. Listen below. Both tracks will be featured on the upcoming EP These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores, which is set for a September 18 release via Fat Possum.




“Ever Before” MP3 Stream

Sep 01, 2015

Boys is a new project from Nora Karlsson of the Swedish psych act Holy. "Ever Before," Karlsson's debut single under the Boys moniker, sports tiny drums, blurred guitars, and charmingly blasé vocals that recall the kind of soft-focus garage pop The Strokes and The Legends were creating back in the early 2000s (though Black Tambourine also comes to mind during the track's fuzzy climax). "Ever Before" will be featured on the forthcoming Kind of Hurt EP, which is set for a September 25 release on PNKSLM.



The Goon Sax

“Sometimes Accidentally” MP3 Stream

Aug 31, 2015

Despite that "shambolic pop" tag on soundcloud, Brisbane youths The Goon Sax aren't quite unkempt enough to have fit in comfortably on a C86-type comp. If you're looking for reference points, "Sometimes Accidentally," the trio's latest single, has an uptight energy and sly wit that's closer to Talking Heads: 77 and early Go-Betweens. Listen to the track below.


Street Chant

“Pedestrian Support League” Video

Aug 28, 2015

Few contemporary Flying Nun bands fit into the label's lineage better than Street Chant. For evidence, look no further than "Pedestrian Support League," the trio's latest single. In the space of five minutes, Street Chant manage to effortlessly summon the paisley pop, suburban jangle and churning grunge-punk traditions that have defined New Zealand indie through the decades; equally noteworthy are the lyrics, which overcome apathy just enough to run through a list of grouchy, scatterbrained complaints ("It's always raining/Except for when I want" is but one gem).

Below, you can watch the video for "Pedestrian Support League," which is a glued-to-the-couch portrait of the doldrums. The single was released in support of Hauora, a full-length that's due out this November on Flying Nun/Arch Hill.



Weyes Blood

“Cardamom” MP3 Stream

Aug 27, 2015

As Weyes Blood, Natalie Mering architects psych-folk laments that have the power to make isolation feel regal or cause intimacy to sound haunting. Below, you can listen to Mering's latest, "Cardamom," a hushed, home-recorded tale of romantic yearning embellished with Medieval-sounding flutes. The song will be featured on the Cardamom Times EP, which will be released on October 9 through Mexican Summer.



Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp

“Long Beach Idyll” MP3 Stream

Aug 26, 2015

While so many would-be summer anthems are content to frolic in the sand, "Long Beach Idyll," the latest from the duo of Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp, seems to have arose from the waters of deep meditation. The zoned-out track finds Forsyth's complex knot of electric and acoustic guitars gliding tranquilly atop Holtkamp's spectral, kosmische-inspired synth drones. "Long Beach Idyll" was taken from The Island, which is set for an October 16 release through Trouble In Mind.