Martin Newell
“Golden Lane”

The fact that this 1985 recording from Martin Newell could have been released yesterday to heaps of praise probably says more about the vast modern musical landscape than Newell’s songwriting itself. Which is to say that Songs For A Fallow Land, which is being reissued on Taylor Richardson (Infinity Window) and Gary War’s new label Fixed Identity, is very much a product of the 80s: an early home recording opus steeped in pop songcraft but obscured by hiss and sonic charm. Sound familiar? Listen to the production quality on “Golden Lane” – might as well be a new Ariel Pink single. Importantly, Newell and the new crop of lo-fi pop anti-stars share the revisionist tendency to re-imagine old tropes through a warped, half remembered lens. In Newell’s case, there is a visible Syd Barrett influence (visible because Barrett’s “Late Night” gets covered) fused with an eerie, 80s propulsiveness especially evident on the track “Gamma Ray Blue,” which you can hear below.

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Blanche Blanche Blanche


It’s interesting how normal a song is hiding behind the murky – dare I say trendy – production on this track from Blanche Blanche Blanche. The song’s highlight is an overly loud, shredding solo about a minute in. Is that a guitar or a synth? I like being able to ask that question. Get Blanche Blanche Blanche’s new album soon on Night People, the guys from Racoo-oo-oon’s label.

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“Einmal in der Woche Schreien,” “Idiologie”

“Idiologie” is a wonderful post-Justice, synthed out banger from Siriusmo, aka Moritz Friedrich, who has been wasting his time releasing only EPs, remixes, and singles for the past ten years or so. Now he has a full length titled Mosaik coming out March 1st on Monkeytown Records. “Einmal in der Woche Schreien” sounds a bit more of-the-moment, with a chopped up, reverb-soaked vocal sample flickering in and out of the gloomy backing track.

Siriusmo - Idiologie by Dipped in Dollars

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The Cool Kids

“Bundle Up”

Wasn’t the second Cool Kids album supposed to come out like 5 years ago? Well, now there’s an official release date: Spring. Listen to their new single “Bundle Up,” courtesy of Mountain Dew.

Hear their previous single, “Pennies,” from the forthcoming When Fish Ride Bicycles below.

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Peaking Lights

“Key Sparrow”

Peaking Lights’ 936 is available now on Not Not Fun. But more importantly: review coming soon!

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Mandelbrot & Skyy

“TT Races”

Check that cover art out. I like the random placement of orange; the whole thing really takes a minute to sink in, but it’s hard not to look. “TT Races” is kind of similar, seeming a bit subdued, cheesy, out-there, random, geometric, colorful etc. It comes courtesy of Mandelbrot & Skyy, a new project from Rene Hell (Jeff Witscher) and Driphouse (Daren Ho, who was also in Racoo-oo-oon). I wish this project was called Witscher’s Ho. You can grab the album, titled OD-Axis, at Foxy Digitalis. (via Altered Zones. Though… dudes, you spelled Mandelbrot wrong.)

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