ROSTAM - EOS
First new solo effort since 2011 from Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij - inspired by a photograph he took while in Jaisalmer, India in 2011. The blissful and minimal track is available to download now and will be released on 7" next month on XL Recordings.
FADES - BREAKING THROUGH THE WALLS
London quintet craft high intensity melodies, crunchy guitars, big hooks and a rocky punch here on this lead single from their self-titled debut EP, launched at Proud Camden on March 10 prior to release the following day.
NAKED - SPRINTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE
First single from the Hobart, Tasmania band's 'Pink Quartz' LP, out February 5 through Tenth Court. The project was started by guitarist/vocalist Kieran Sullivan and bassist Jordan Marson in 2011, with the band putting out demos online.
EGO - CROWD
Sydney dreamgaze-pop foursome with their latest release of psych reverb swirls and delay effects, prior to their forthcoming debut EP. Helmed by the incandescent vocals of Scout Eastment.
THE CRADLES - IDEAL GIRL
The Cardiff boyos getting a touch mournful on this new single out on March 25 via Solva Records. Drawing influence from bands such as The Kinks, The Pixies and The Strokes, there's a touch of the more sombre Smiths here too, we think.
FRIDAY CLUB - I JUST NEED A FRIEND
The Birmingham outfit strike an unusually down-tempo, ambient note with this plaintive friend plea. Facebook obviously didn't prove too successful.
VOES - HOLD ON
The four-piece from Abertillery, South Wales with first new track of the year. Built around the standout vocals of Harriet Whitehead, this piece of catchy, bouncy synth-pop with a Chvrches-esque feel about it, signals Voes are a name to keep watch on.
PUBLIC ACCESS T.V. - ON LOCATION
Little Indie's favourite bunch of New Yorkers drop their eagerly-awaited debut album later this year, before that they kick off 2016 with this scorching guitar and thumping bit o' bass track, with John Eatherly entreating: "Don’t stop/ Do what you wanna do."
OSCAR - SOMETIMES
The north Londoner leads his upcoming debut album 'Cut And Paste' (released May 13 via Wichita Recordings) with this infectiously upbeat track; the female vocal coming in in the last minute adds a perfect kick. Available digitally now and on 7" from March 4. Catch him live on January 25 with TOY and Thomas Cohen at London's Village Underground as part of Pias Nites.
THE DRONES - TO THINK THAT I ONCE LOVED YOU
Melbourne's alt-rockers release their seventh album, 'Feelin Kinda Free', on March 18 - preceded by this quite enthralling and hypnotic second single (after 'Taman Shud') from it. Singer Gareth Liddiard channels his inner Nick Cave.