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MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #87 (17.04.2016)

MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #87 (17.04.2016). 


Discovering the new indie & alternative pop rock music. 


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Fear of Men deal with emotional turmoil on “Trauma” — listen

Fear of Men deal with emotional turmoil on “Trauma” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Brighton’s Fear of Men are gearing up to release their sophomore album, Fall Forever, this June. The 10-track collection comes after their 2014 debut Loom and is previewed this week with “Trauma”.

Speaking to Noisey, singer Jessica Weiss talked about the concept of “trauma” and its relation to the song itself, saying, “It’s how we deal with it that defines us … To me, dealing with trauma is not about looking back, it’s about taking that experience and putting it under your own control, letting it become a part of you.” 

 She continued, “Some of the lyrics are very personal, some are intuitive images, but generally it’s about the difficult relationship between feeling completely violated and feeling powerful enough to rise above it.” 

 Mirroring the turmoil that one associates with pain and healing, the song features stabbing percussion and strings that seem to sigh and shout. Stream it below.
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New Track: "When I'm With You" - Hurry

New Track: "When I'm With You" - Hurry | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
It seems that frontman Matt Scottoline has totally embraced his pop sensibilities on Hurry's forthcoming album Guided Meditation. Below is the second sampling, called "When I'm With You," off the new record, which will be out on April 29 via Lame-O Records.
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Delorean announce new album, share shimmery “Muzik” — listen

Delorean announce new album, share shimmery “Muzik” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
UNDER THE RADAR: Delorean announce new album, share shimmery “Muzik” — listen. 

On June 22nd, Spanish electronic outfit Delorean will return with their first album in nearly three years, Muzik. The Apar follow-up collects together nine new tracks and marks their first since their harrowing kidnapping in Mexico City in October 2013. 

As a preview of the LP, which is due out through PHLEX, Delorean have revealed the title track as the lead single. Produced by The xx and John Talabot associate Pional, the dreamlike, breezy number glimmers with pastel synths and the cool metal of steel drums. 

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MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #86 (10.04.2016)

MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #86 (10.04.2016). 


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Hante. premieres the stylish and intimate video for “Noir”

Hante. premieres the stylish and intimate video for “Noir” | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
UNDER THE RADAR: Hante. premieres the stylish and intimate video for “Noir”. 

Hante., Phosphor‘s and Minuit Machine‘s Hélène de Thoury‘s solo act, released one of our favorite albums this year so far, entitled This Fog That Never Ends. Behind this very dramatic album title, there lies some blackness beneath. Entirely performed and composed on electronic instruments, Hante.’s bleak synth scapes lives up to the expectations the album title invokes. Noir, one of the album’s standout songs, now has a visually stunning video, stylistically shot in theme with it’s titled, the video was edited and directed and starring, the project’s mastermind—and shot by Paul Vauvrey and Dorothée Menec.
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Wire share new single “Internal Exile” — listen

Wire share new single “Internal Exile” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
From the English outfit's forthcoming mini-album, Nocturnal Koreans.

Ever prolific, Wire are set to return with a brand new mini-album, Nocturnal Koreans, on April 22nd through Pink Flag. 

The album’s eight tracks are culled from the same recording sessions as last year’s self-titled effort, but were clearly set apart as something sonically different. New single “Internal Exile” demonstrates that well with its paced staccato layered in floating ’80s guitars. 

It’s a steady build for most of the song, but really takes off a little after the halfway mark as gliding synth notes liven the rhythm and Colin Newman reiterates the simple refrain of “Marching.”
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Video: Tourettes - The New New Zealand

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UNDER THE RADAR: Tourettes - "The New New Zealand". 

Working class wordsmith Tourettes aka Dominic Hoey has unveiled a new track as he inches closer to releasing his album Feel Like Shit, Looking Great. 

Titled 'The New New Zealand', the damning slice of social commentary talks about "this country's relentless slide into becoming a neoliberal wasteland", according to Tourettes, who further blurs the lines between spoken word and rap with his captivating delivery, pulled along by gilded production courtesy of Abraham Kunin. 

The track's release comes accompanied by a video created by Eddy Fifield who has also made clips for the likes of Team Dynamite, Thee Rum Coves and Glass Owls.
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New Track: "Caterpillar" - Honey Radar

New Track: "Caterpillar" - Honey Radar | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
“Caterpillar” provides an optimistic foreshadowing of Honey Radar’s forthcoming album Blank Cartoon, which will be available on May 20 via What’s Your Rupture?. 

The song sticks as a tasty guitar riff engages with clairvoyant vocals and the casual yet locked-in snap and pop of percussion, completed with an Acid Test conclusion.
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New Order to release alternate edition of Music Complete

New Order to release alternate edition of Music Complete | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
New Order’s Music Complete was one of the unexpected treats of 2015. 

Now, the new wave veterans are prepping an alternate edition of the album for a May 13th release through Mute Records. 

 Dubbed Complete Music, the forthcoming release contains extended mixes of all 11 tracks from Music Complete, as well as alternative artwork by Peter Saville. Complete Music will be released digitally and as a two-disc CD set, packaged with the original Music Complete.
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Video: Pikachunes - You Are

Video: Pikachunes - You Are | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
A new neo-noir video has been unveiled by Pikachunes for 'You Are', plucked from his latest album Allely. Directed by Cameron McDougall, the clip bears a colour palette reminiscent of Frank Miller's Sin City comics, and follows the tragic love story of a young couple. 
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Undercover Dream Lover EP release 

Undercover Dream Lover EP release  | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Out of the musical maze that is Brooklyn’s synthpop scene rises Matt Koenig's solo project Undercover Dream Lovers. The project's intriguingly weird tracks have a knack for throwing together elements that would otherwise clash. 

With colorful bursts of synths and electronic textures, Undercover Dream Lover’s songs are equally fitting in an 80’s movie montage as in a futuristic space travel scene.

“The Master” features undulating synths with distorted vocals that alternate between sounding close and distant, creating an interesting effect of fluctuating intersecting sonic waves.
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How the Face of Independent Music Changed in 120 Minutes

How the Face of Independent Music Changed in 120 Minutes | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
The late-night MTV show that brought the underground to the surface.
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Premiere: FASIV collect footage of police brutality in raw video for “Police”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Premiere: FASIV collect footage of police brutality in raw video for “Police”. 

Sometimes the truth lies in the details. FASIV , FKA Strange Hotel, tackle this head-on in their new video for song "Police." In the video, they take the song's theme of police brutality and apply it quite literally to the content: footage of assaults taken right from news stations. .

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Mrs Magician premiere new song “Eyes All Over Town” — listen

Mrs Magician premiere new song “Eyes All Over Town” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Stare long enough at the artwork for Bermuda (seen below), the forthcoming album from San Diego’s Mrs Magician, and you just may convince yourself that you’re being hypnotized and sucked into alternate world. The image is no coincidence as it not only matches the LP’s themes of addiction, religion, and “the incoherent yet intoxicating aroma of modern day conspiracy theories,” but also the brooding, urgent punk that lines its 11 tracks.
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Stream: PJ Harvey’s new album The Hope Six Demolition Project

Stream: PJ Harvey’s new album The Hope Six Demolition Project | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Spanning 11 tracks, the LP serves as Harvey’s ninth to date following 2011’s Let England Shake. It was recorded in sessions that were open to the public as part of an exhibition in London last year. As a press release notes, the full-length chronicles a “unique artistic journey which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C.” It’s presumably named after a plan by the U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development to revitalize public housing projects.
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The Smiths and The Cranberries supergroup D.A.R.K. share new song “Loosen the Noose” — listen

The Smiths and The Cranberries supergroup D.A.R.K. share new song “Loosen the Noose” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
UNDER THE RADAR: The Smiths and The Cranberries supergroup D.A.R.K. share new song “Loosen the Noose” . 

Science Agrees is the forthcoming album from D.A.R.K., a new supergroup made up of The Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, and New York based DJ/producer Olé Koretsky. 

We heard their debut single “Curvy” last month; now, they’ve unboxed “Loosen the Noose”. Unlike its more upbeat predecessor, D.A.R.K.’s latest offering is a moody, new wave cut featuring pleading lines like “One last time, I want to feel you near me, together as one.” 

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Listen: Mice On Stilts - Khandallah

Listen: Mice On Stilts - Khandallah | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Auckland outfit Mice On Stilts have shared haunting new single 'Khandallah' as they prepare to release their new album Hope for a Mourning this month. 

Songwriter Ben Morley says of the track, “I used to work for an internet provider and every day I'd speak to different people from all around Aotearoa. 

While working there I spoke to a woman who lived in Khandallah. For whatever reason the word just kind of stuck with me. I looked up the suburb and read all about it. The name means 'resting place of god'." 

The record is due out 15th April via Aeroplane Music, but in the meantime soak this up.
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Brian Eno shares 21-minute title track to new album The Ship — listen

Brian Eno shares 21-minute title track to new album The Ship — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
From the electronic pioneer's first new solo album in four years.
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Mourn share new single “Storyteller” — listen

Mourn share new single “Storyteller” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Catalonian punks scream and bash their way toward beauty.

Catalonian rockers Mourn could nominally be classified as a punk band, but that label doesn’t particularly capture what makes them great: jagged guitar riffs, jazzy basslines, and shouted lyrics that veer between vulnerable and aggressive like a driver drunk on sangria. As you can hear on the band’s new single “Storyteller”, though, they serve this sonic chaos on platters of beautiful grooves. The track perfectly captures pretty much everything that made their self-titled debut one of last year’s pleasant surprises. 

 “Storyteller” is the latest single off Ha, Ha, He., which will be released on June 3rd via Captured Tracks
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Between Joy Division and ‘Blue Monday’: New Order live in the East Village, NYC, 1981

Between Joy Division and ‘Blue Monday’: New Order live in the East Village, NYC, 1981 | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
IN CONCERT: BETWEEN JOY DIVISION AND ‘BLUE MONDAY’: NEW ORDER LIVE IN THE EAST VILLAGE, NYC, 1981. 

Before they recorded their classic 1983 album Power Corruption & Lies, New Order made an extended trip to New York and absorbed some of the city’s more upbeat sounds into their own morose and world-weary music. Latin salsa, 12” remix culture and the electronic beats they heard in nightclubs like Danceteria and the Roxy were obvious inspirations for the music they would soon come to make. 

But at the time this was videotaped—live at the Ukrainian National Home in New York’s East Village on November 18, 1981—New Order were still largely Joy Division minus Ian Curtis, a post punk band, not the electronic dance quartet they would soon become. It’s a fascinating document of the group during what is perhaps the least documented era of their long career. As I would personally chose Movement over anything else in their catalog, this was a real treat to watch. 

Low lights, the intense musicians saying almost nothing to the audience, a concert held in a hot sweaty dance hall—there’s an extremely underground quality to this show.

 Tracklist 01. 00:00 ICB 02. 04:05 Dreams never end 03. 07:20 Everything's Gone Green 04. 12:35 Truth 05. 17:15 Senses 06. 21:50 Procession 07. 25:50 Ceremony 08. 30:35 Denial 09. 35:30 Temptation 

Bernard Sumner (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards) Stephen Morris (Percussion, Keyboards) Gillian Gilbert (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards) Peter Hook (Vocals, Bass)
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Foxtails Brigade release new video for "No Fate" - The Bay Bridged - San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music

Foxtails Brigade release new video for "No Fate" - The Bay Bridged - San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
UNDER THE RADAR: Foxtails Brigade release new video for “No Fate”..

 "No Fate," from their upcoming self-titled LP, is one of the more straightforward tracks from the album. It charges ahead like nursery-rhyme punk rock, bursting at the seams with kinetic energy, its forward momentum threatening to demolish anything in its way. The accompanying video is likewise crackling with movement, from shaky shots of the band members to the black and white animations spliced between them. 

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Hockey Dad announce debut album, Boronia, share new single “So Tired” — listen

Hockey Dad announce debut album, Boronia, share new single “So Tired” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
One of the more exciting acts to pop up around this year’s South by Southwest was Australian surf rockers Hockey Dad. I caught one of their sets after a pummeling 45 minutes with Kentucky’s White Reaper, and enjoyed the humble duo of Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming as they cooled everyone down with some breezy and beachy rock ‘n’ roll.

Well, now the band’s gearing up the release of their full-length debut, Boronia, due out August 12th via Kanine. Named after the street the two childhood friends grew up on, the album spans 11 tracks “of pure unadulterated fun that comes straight out of the surf and skate culture surrounding them in their native Wollongong,” according to its press release. That’s not overselling it; lead single “So Tired” grooves on the waves of some friendly distortion that’s all too soothing, like a warm, sandy day by the water.
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Listen: Herriot Row - Learning Not To Talk

Listen: Herriot Row - Learning Not To Talk | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
A wonderful new single called 'Learning Not To Talk' has been unveiled by Herriot Row, otherwise known as Auckland singer-songwriter Simon Comber. 

The track, which features guitars and vocals from Comber accompanied by Robert Shelton on keys and Andrew Maguire on drums, walks the line beautifully between crisp recording techniques and distorted folk sensibilities - the trademark "sloppy hi-fi" of producer John Vanderslice - who recorded the cut at his Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco .

 'Learning Not To Talk' is lifted from Herriot Row's forthcoming full-length record, but will also be available later this month on 7-inch vinyl backed with ‘The Jaws of Life’ via Arcade Recordings. 
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Magic Shoppe -  “Interstella Car Crash”

Magic Shoppe -  “Interstella Car Crash” | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Back in February Boston’s psych band Magic Shoppe released their second E.P. Interstellar Car Crash and it’s a trippy sonic masterpiece. 

The tracks are guitar centric pieces with distorted vocals floating in the background and cavernous reverb unabashedly pounding in your head. With beautifully languid melodies pulsing rhythmically throughout the E.P., Magic Shoppe succeeds at creating dynamic tunes that manage to maintain a sense of calm despite all that’s happening around them. 

The track, “Interstella Car Crash”, is the perfect example of that.
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