[album] DC Gore – All These Things

The best word to describe All These Things, a debut LP by DC Gore, is BIG. Because that is how it sounds. Songs created by Dominic Gore, the artist who goes by this moniker, ideally showcase the best example of modern indie dance music.

With all its expansive, epic synth pop with pulsating rhythms, smart lyrics, big choruses, and rare saxophone inserts, this is a record with a big creative spark and is a fantastic example of Dominic’s talent.

Listen below and buy the album here, out now on Domino Records.

[album] Marci – Marci

Marta Cikojevic of Montreal soft-rock group TOPS has released her debut self-titled album as Marci, a half an hour of pop perfection ideal for these late Summer days.

Together with TOPS bandmate David Carriere (also of DVC Refreshments), who helped to make this record, they created the essential collection of brilliant synth pop. There are no fillers here, all songs are great and unique, full of great hooks and the exceptional charm of Cikojevic herself.

Along with Carriere and Cikojevic, the release also features Mitch Davis, Rene Wilson, and Austin Tufts (Braids) on drums, and Chloé Soldevila (Anemone), Adam Byczkowski (Better Person), and Jane Penny (TOPS) on backing vocals.

Stream below and purchase the LP on Bandcamp.

[video] Pale Blue Eyes – Little Gem

On September 2 Pale Blue Eyes will release their new LP Souvenirs (through Full Time Hobby) and now they are sharing a video for the latest single “Little Gem”, a lovely piece directed by Dylan Friese-Green and Aubrey Simpson. It captures the band on the road, crammed into a Nissan Micra, cruising through the English countryside.

It follows the previous steady run of songs — “Globe”, “TV Flicker”, “Star Vehicle”, and “Dr Pong”.

Check it out below and pre-order the album here.

[video] Dry Cleaning – Anna Calls From The Arctic

Dry Cleaning have unleashed a new cut “Anna Calls From The Arctic” as the latest preview of their upcoming album Stumpwork, set for release on October 21 via 4AD.

Dry Cleaning live in Milan’22

It is the second taster of the group’s new LP, following “Don’t Press Me”, and is accompanied by quite a hypnotic and interesting looped visualization that features a drummer from the band, Nick Buxton, skating backwards on an ice rink.

The song itself is inspired by calls with a friend in the Arctic, as explained by Dry Cleaning themselves:

“The lyrics were partly inspired by phone calls with a friend who was living and working in the Arctic. The song developed from a keyboard, bass and clarinet jam. This then took shape during our pre-recording sessions with John Parish and Joe Jones in Bristol and finalized at Rockfield studios a month later, with some musical inspiration coming from the dramatic scores of John Barry. The song is observational and sensual”.

Watch it below and pre-order the LP here.

[song] Sour Blue – Weatherwax

The last time we heard from an art rock collective Sour Blue was in October when the band released their brilliant debut Schema. Now they are back with the new single, a mesmerizing composition “Weatherwax”.

On it musicians emphasize their undoubted professionalism, creating a sense of controlled chaos, and masterfully mixing genres, bridging krautrock, dance music, shoegaze, folk, and even classical. The track begins calmly, gradually gaining momentum and surprising at every corner with cool and unexpected details. An amazing taster — hopefully we will get more soon!

Listen below.