Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Album Review - Mama Pancake by Eggs on Mars (2018) (Self Released)

Regular readers will know of the janglepophub love-in with Joplin, Missouri based jangle/surf-gaze band Tennis Club. Joining them in the quest to ensure the surf transgresses the twelve-hour drive to the same state is Kansas City-based Eggs on Mars.

Monday, 12 November 2018

EP Review - Not Sad, Not Fulfilled by Grrrl Gang (2018) (Kolibri Rekords)

I discovered Grrrl Gang via the superb Just a Game track that was featured on the Jan '18 Various Artists Strawberry Punks EP out of Indonesian label, Dismantled (which is well worth checking out here, considering it is not included upon any of their studio releases) and after pressing the Bancamp follow button, a 10 month wait has been rewarded with this luscious slice of jangly indie pop out of another Indonesian label, Kolibri Records.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Single Review: Red Dust by The Suncharms (2018) (Slumberland Records)

French based label, Cloudberry Records, have been on a quest to promote the bands that 1980/1990s time forgot for many years now. One band receiving their 'retrospective compilation' treatment was Sheffield based five piece, The Sun Charms, whose entire studio output (consisting of two Wilde Club Records EP's from the early 90's) and several demos were released on a superlative compilation.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Single Review: Goodguy Sun by Karla Kane (2018) (Big Stir Records)

I always associate LA based Big Stir Records with the sort of warm, vibrant, rock laced power-pop that you really should seek out to accompany every good time. This aesthetic could sound generic, however label owners Rex Broome and Christina Bulbenko have displayed the delightful habit of always finding and backing those bands that have an edge / indecipherable quirk that makes them different.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Compilation Review - Compact & Bijou by The Mayfields (2018) (Firestation Records)

Firestation Records have assumed the mantle of chief musical archaeologists over the years. Not just because of their superb The Sound of Leamington Spa series, which has provided me with some quite wonderful tracks from bands I have never heard of or have been re-acquainted with after seeing them support the latest 'indie sensation' one rainy Tuesday night in some place like Skegness, but also because they have the brilliant ability to find the best of the 'should have been big bands' and make them just that, for an hour or so on their brilliant compilation CD's.

Single Review: C.U. by bdrmm (2018) (Permanent Creeps)

I have basically been Japanese for the last couple of months. Not that I have acquired a sudden taste for uncooked fish, battered fried vegetables, spiky mullet haircuts or a penchant for the sort of unnecessary technology that can wipe your bum in 17 different languages, but more specifically in my exploration and enjoyment of their jangle-gaze scene. Bands such as Seventeen Years Old and Berlin Wall, Asobi Seksu and Luggage have all demanded my attention of late.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Fickle Finger Playlist #0006 (The Best of 2018 So Far)

Fickle Finger #0006 is all about 2018 with blog readership providing their favourite bands and then out Editorial team (or me to be exact) giving 10 of my favourite tracks this year.

There is a little bit of text and pictures for each band/track below as well as the Mixcloud playlist. Enjoy !!!

Split Single Review: Lake Ruth (feat Listening Center) / Pale Lights (2018) (Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten)

The Augsburg (Germany) based Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten label is the passion of founder Ronny Pinkau. With passion (often) comes success and for Ronny, a roster  that includes the likes of Jetstream Pony, Friedrich Sunlight, The BV's , The Luxembourg Signal and Pale Lights, has to be considered a triumph. Especially considering the label only started in 2015.

With a passion for anything along the shoegaze / dream-pop / jangle-pop spectrum, this  split single release sees Lake Ruth as new signatures who collaborate with Listening Center (i.e. David K Mason) and a second release out of the label by Pale Lights, with  the two tracks displaying the label aesthetic far more adroitly than a thousand of my words could ever do.

Lake Ruth

Employing the concept of covering each others tracks, Lake Ruth provide a tingling 'nearly dream-pop' version of Pale Lights, It's Only an Ocean, with the 'nearly' added by the superbly spectral essence provided by the synth laden electronics of Mason. In general the track imbues that eerie 1960's essence of Nico, albeit with far more beautiful and controlled vocals.

The Pale Lights track takes on Lake Ruth's, Through the Lynchgates and takes us on a journey through the sort of beautiful jangle-pop / slightly sophisti-pop aesthetic that they are becoming increasingly acclaimed for.

All Lloyd Cole style croon imparting its beauty between the cracks of chiming jangled riffs, this track would sit easily on their brilliant 2017 sophomore album The Stars Seemed Brighter.

Available directly through the label on a 210 copies limited edition vinyl 7" release, this is a must for modern single collectors.

Artist Links:

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Lake Ruth:  Twitter , Facebook  Bandcamp

Listening Center -  TwitterFacebook

Label Links: 

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Single Review: Vodkas by Tennis Club (2018) (self released)

There was a fair bit of love for the eponymous Tennis Club debut album among janglepophub readers when it was reviewed here earlier in the year. 

As such we are delighted to hear that Missouri based Winston Hernandez and his revolving panel of drummers (this time producer Sean O'Dell is on the sticks) are working on new material for an album due out in early 2019.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Single Review: Every Story is a Ghost Story by The BV's

At what point should a band show off? At what point should they cast aside any modicum of modesty and think to themselves 'we are perhaps the dog danglies'?

Releasing a critically acclaimed EP and album, being signed by a Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten label that houses the likes of The Luxembourg Signal (who they then toured with), Pale Lights and Jetstream Pony, getting to release this lovely vinyl 7" out of 'we only deal in musical cool' Cloudberry Records and sharing a stage at the 2018 Madrid Popfest with the likes of the BMX Bandits, might be construed as a signal to internally scream 'You Da Man'...especially if all the above happens within a couple of years of starting the band.