[song] Pale Blue Eyes – More

Last year UK trio Pale Blue Eyes released their outstanding LP Souvenirs (via Full Time Hobby) and now they are following it up with the brand new single “More”.

It continues exactly where the band left off on their album and provides some extra of what they do best — krauty and dreamy shoegaze pop music for our listening pleasure.

Stream below and get the track here.

[song] SLUG – Instant Reaction

Sunderland-based artist Ian Black aka SLUG is sharing his brand new single “Instant Reaction”, which serves as the latest taster of his forthcoming LP Thy Socialite! It follows the previously released tracks “Casual Cruelty” and “Cut of Your Jib” and proves to be a truly instant hit — big, fun and masterfully arranged.

Speaking of it, Ian says: “Lyrically, “Instant Reaction” is a call against laziness and inaction. The World is not your mam and dad, it doesn’t pick you up and wipe your nose. It doesn’t care. Things don’t happen instantly because you ‘want’ it to or because it ‘should’. Thanks for listening to my motivational speech”.

The record would also be the first release on the Brewis brothers’ (Field Music) label Daylight Saving Records and will be available on LP, CD and limited edition Dinked version (signed print, hand numbered and on brain surgery red vinyl).

Listen below and pre-order the album here.

[song] Robbing Millions – Elastics

The new single from Robbing Millions, a project of Belgian musician Lucien Fraipont, “Elastics”, is a groovy slice of his psychedelic avant-pop. It is the first song taken from his upcoming new album Rêve Party, set for release on April 28 via Capitane Records / Born Loser Records / Requiem Pour Un Twister.

It is out with the lyric video, made by the Spanish experimental animation studio Rapapawn, and follows the musician’s excellent previous LP Holidays Inside (released on Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser’s MGMT Records).

Check it out below.

[song] Dutch Uncles – Poppin’

With their new LP True Entertainment arriving on March 10 via Memphis Industries, Manchester art rock/progressive pop outfit Dutch Uncles are giving us a new taster (after the brilliant title track) of what to expect — a fun and hooky new single “Poppin’”.

Elaborating on the track, Duncan Wallis of the band says: “Poppin’ is a minimal take on the age-old anxieties, dread and fear we all experience at certain times – bumping into old faces hungover (or worse, not hungover), taking too long to answer the question ‘you alright?’, forgetting everyone’s name and constantly assessing if old faces were present at any moments of particular cringe in your past”.

Listen below and pre-order the album here.

[song] LIFE – Jingle Bells (LIFEmas)

The festive season is approaching us, and Hull’s post-punks LIFE have decided to release their own re-interpretation of “Jingle Bells”. It sounds very fun and it is a great addition to your darker and more twisted Christmas playlists.

LIFE live in Berlin’19

This year was a big one for the band, as they have put out their new (and probably best one) LP North East Coastal Town and toured extensively. Looks like they do not plan to stop in 2023 too, as they have already lined up some shows for January and February, with the slot at Rockaway Beach before an Independent Venue Week run visiting northern coastal towns.

Speaking of the new track, vocalist Mez Sanders-Green says:

“When Christmas was lost to Covid/Lockdown we put on a livestream from our Moon Factory studio in Hull. It made us smile, it made people laugh at home and most importantly it made my little boy dance around my flat in Hull!

This year, following an incredible tour of our latest album, we wanted to celebrate at the LIFE AGM and got in the festive spirit to record the ‘LIFEMAS’ version of Jingle Bells.

Yes, we wore tinsel, yes, we wore Xmas shaped sunglasses and yes, we just had a ton-of-fun. Is it serious, hell-no but hopefully the track just makes people laugh and dance with their kids, pets, nan’s and gate-crashing X-mas neighbours – reach for your Satsuma and enjoy!”.

Stream below and get the release here.