[song] Julianna Riolino – Queen of Spades

Having teased us already with the singles “Lone Ranger” and “You”, Toronto-based artist Julianna Riolino (who is also known as a part of Daniel Romano’s The Outfit), shares another stunning cut “Queen of Spades”. It is a big alt-country number with that pop edge to give it a vivid and soulful flavor.

It is taken from her upcoming album All Blue, set for release on October 14 via You’ve Changed Records. She recorded it in August 2020 at the now-shuttered Baldwin Street Sound, and the LP was produced by Aaron Goldstein (credits with Cowboy Junkies, Ducks Ltd, Le Ren, Kiwi Jr).

Stream below and pre-order the album here.

[video] Italia 90 – Leisure Activities

London four-piece Italia 90 announced their debut record titled Living Human Treasure and released a big lead single from it, “Leisure Activities”. It comes alongside the brilliant music video, created by Little Windmill Productions.

The album is set for release on January 20 on Brace Yourself Records. It would also feature “Magdalene”, released earlier this year.

Watch the video below and pre-order the LP here.

[album] No Age – People Helping People

Not many ongoing bands are as consistent as No Age. They really are the masters of their craft. For more than 15 years, this creative duo of two musicians (Randy Randall & Dean Allen Spunt) goes strong, releases one great album after another, and successfully tours the world. Their lo-fi/noise rock music has always been impressive and has never stood still, but on the new release People Helping People they reach a new level.

No Age live at OFF Festival’18

This album is 33 and a half minutes long and includes 13 songs, many of which sound quite experimental and unexpected from the duo (in the best possible way). Of course, it is impossible to say that this is a big surprise for the listeners and fans of the band. On previous records the duo tried and tested many interesting ideas as well, but for the first time the concentration of songs in a free and such unusual form is so high.

In some places it is a brooding ambient (“Andy Helping Andy”, “Blueberry Barefoot”, “Heavenly”), in some — psychedelic no wave (“You’re Cooked”, “Compact Flashes”), and in a couple of tracks there are the usual elements of melancholic and melodic indie rock with a touch of noise pop (“Tripped Out Before Scott”, “Plastic (You Want It)”). But every song is unmistakenly No Age, and the LP overall is a real blast.

Listen below and purchase the record here, out now via Drag City.

[video] I LIKE TRAINS – The Spectacle

Moody, direct and catchy, I LIKE TRAINS are always the ones to impress and give an acute look at our modern history. Now they are back with a new standalone single “The Spectacle”, which was recorded, mixed, mastered and released by the group in almost exactly one month.

A postscript to KOMPROMAT is presented together with another great music video, directed by Michael Connolly.

Next month the group would also depart on their long-awaited tour, which would see them performing in the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, France and Belgium (there are the UK shows planned in Autumn/Winter as well). Please find all the EU dates below and more information/tickets here.

Oct 21 – De Reunie, Geleen, NL
Oct 22 – Baroeg, Rotterdam, NL
Oct 23 – Artheater, Köln, DE
Oct 24 – Naumanns, Leipzig, DE
Oct 25 – Urban Spree, Berlin, DE
Oct 26 – Underdogs, Praha, CZ
Oct 27 – Hansa 39, München, DE
Oct 28 – Aérogare, Metz, FR
Oct 29 – FGO-Barbara, Paris, FR
Oct 30 – Botanique, Brussels, BE

Watch a video for “The Spectacle” below and get the song here.

[song] Fake Palms – Flags

Back in June Fake Palms, the project of Toronto-based musician Michael le Riche, announced the return with a new album called Lemons. He reintroduces the venture after a short break in which le Riche focused on his electro-synth project, Sauna.

So far we have heard several tracks from the record, and now, ahead of it arriving tomorrow (it marks the 100th release on the label Hand Drawn Dracula), he has shared one more preview — angular indie rock number “Flags”.

Stream it below and buy the record here.