Yak are a new British trio who have steadily been building buzz the last few months via the U.K. music press thanks to their early singles and riotous live performances. The band is set to release their debut album, Alas Salvation, on May 13 on Octopus Electrical via Kobalt Label Services (it was produced by Pulp's Steve Mackey). Now the band have shared another song from the album, "Take It." Frontman Oli Burslem commented on the song in a press release: "We were trying to explore another side of Yak, a more musical side if you liked. We covered King Crimson's '21st Century Schizoid Man' early on and in some ways this is a continuation of that." Check it out below and if you missed the band's recent video for "Harbour the Feeling" you can watch that here.
Premiere: Pinemen – “Predictions” Video
May 05, 2016
Today, we're premiering the video for "Predictions," the latest single from Stockholm's Pinemen. The track takes shambolic yet sugary garage pop to an oversaturated extreme, and the accompanying clip manages to capture the song's aura of day-drunk good times that have devolved into something more chaotic. Head below to watch the video, which was helmed by Maikel Gonzalez of Sudakistan.
Premiere: Beach Baby – “Lost Soul” Video
May 04, 2016
Below, you can check out the premiere of the video for "Lost Soul," the latest single from London's Beach Baby. The track taps into effervescence of pre-psychedelic Californian pop and the strut of vintage soul rave-ups, then smears these influences with a dazed atmosphere suggestive of warped VHS. It's classic bummer pop, with Beach Baby employing gleaming surfaces to smuggle in bleak sentiments (as per the band, the song is about those times when "you feel like a spectator in your own life, and are struggling to find a purpose").
“St. Nick” MP3 Stream
May 03, 2016
A couple weeks back, we premiered "Shades in Shade," the lead single from Cerise's forthcoming debut LP Smoke Screen Dreams (due out June 24). The dream pop artist has now shared a dark and dusky follow-up single, "St. Nick," which you can stream below.
Quilt: “Padova,” “Hissing My Plea,” & “Your Island” Live Videos
May 02, 2016
Psych-pop outfit Quilt has shared a series of live videos recorded at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Backed by a string quartet, the band played three selections from their most recent album, Plaza, which came out this February on Mexican Summer. Head below to watch the clips.
Next Friday, Captured Tracks will release As If Apart, the sophomore LP from singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Cohen. Ahead of the album, Cohen has shared a video for the lush title track. Watch below.
Tomorrow, Sinderlyn will release Jaye Bartell's latest full-length, Light Enough. It's a hushed and patient record centered on the singer/songwriter's vocals and guitar, and sonically it recalls of the spartan templates of Leonard Cohen and Sibylle Baier. Yet just as Bartell's voice is singular (sturdy as stone yet unfailingly gentle), so to is his songwriting, which manages to summon wonder and pathos from the careful observation of mundanity. As Bartell contemplates time and gravity on the quietly affecting title track, his words have a childlike awe that's undercut by the eerily tranquil remove of his delivery; below, you can check out our premiere of the video for "Light Enough," plus Bartell's upcoming tour dates with Kevin Morby.
06/02 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room * 06/03 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater * 06/04 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place * 06/06 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios * 06/07 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club * 06/08 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern * 06/10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court * 06/11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge * 06/12 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room * 06/14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry * 06/15 - Chicago, IL - Schubas * 06/16 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme * 06/17 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall * 06/19 - Allston, MA - Great Scott * 06/20 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle * 06/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC * 06/23 - Washington, D.C. - Rock and Roll Hotel * 06/24 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook * 06/25 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl * * = w/ Kevin Morby
Today, we're premiering "Can't Remember," the lead single from Teen Body's forthcoming debut LP, Get Home Safe. With its delicate, skipping-stone guitar leads, blur of androgynous vocals from guitarist Shannon Lee and bassist Alex French, and distant vox organ that drifts into the mix like frost forming on a windshield, the song is reminiscent of the kind of crestfallen, stately dream pop that blossomed in the U.K. just as post-punk's halcyon days began to dissipate. Listen below.