Monday, January 16, 2017

So far, January sounds like this ...Part 1

So far then, January has been cold, wet - and with most of us still stuck in a post-Christmas slump. But what's been going down on the indie music scene in these first weeks of the new year? Here's some of what our Little Indie team have been listening to.

MINUS THE BEAR. The Seattle indie-rockers return with their first material in five years. From their sixth album 'VOIDS', to be released on March 3, 'Invisible' is the record's first taste.

THE COURTNEYS. After sharing their catchy grunge with a fuzzy edge-flavoured 'Silver Bullet' at the back end of last year, the Vancouver trio now give us a new, sub-four-minute single, 'Tour'. You'll love the punchy groove here, along with Courtney Loove's dreamy guitar riffs that add a timeless powerpop element to the punk backbone formed by Sydney Koke's driving basslines.

TEMPLES. Four-minutes of psych shimmer from the Kettering band on 'Strange Or Be Forgotten', from their upcoming second album 'Volcano', out March 3 on Heavenly.

FEATHER BEDS. No headache induced here on the lush, dreampop essence of new single 'Headache Dreams' from the second album 'Blooming' (out this summer), by Dublin artist Michael Orange. One to lie down in.

SLOWHANDCLAP. From their debut EP 'Cheers Now, Cya Now' (released at 2016's end), this lead track 'Teething' from the Manchester three-piece garage/grunge outfit lends them the makings of a band to watch this year we think.

HALSEY. 'Not Afraid Anymore' is the New Jersey artist's contribution to the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, released February 10, the sequel to the Jamie Dornan starring steamy movie Fifty Shades of Grey.

THE CHAINSMOKERS. 2017 Grammy nominated New York City DJ duo follow their first number one single Halsey-featuring ‘Closer’ with this new drop on January 12, 'Paris' - with shared vocal duties from French singer Louane.

MATING RITUAL. Atmospheric new single, 'Night Lies', from LA's indie pop artist Ryan Marshall Lawhon - aka Mating Ritual - featuring guest vocals from former collaborator Lizzy Land. Taken from the two-volume album 'How You Gonna Stop It?' (Vol. 1 out on January 24; Vol. 2 following in April). Intricate percussion and slowly building layers of vibrant, pulsing synth.

THULA BORAH. ‘The Psychopath Test’ is an interesting offering from the Glasgow quartet - who present themselves in the video as half man, half creature - of reverb distortion and alt psych-rock melodies. The single comes from 'Near Life Experience', their upcoming EP out on January 27 via Kill Jester Records.

BRUISING. The Leeds noise-rock "hard ass punks" let you know ‘What It Feels Like’ with this distorted fuzzer of grungey riffs and sweetly melodic vocals. Released as a split 7” with Personal Best via Too Pure Singles Club on February 14.

JW RIDLEY. London art school graduate turned bedroom artist, Jack Ridley debuts 'Everything (Deathless)' on February 10 via Speedy Wunderground. The eight-minute epic of washed out vocals is produced by Speedy/Bat For Lashes/TOY collaborator Dan Carey. This is the first half cut. Stand by for Part 2.

GEORGIA. Released on January 5 via Domino Recording Co., London-based electronic pop artist/drummer Georgia Barnes backs up what showed promise on her 2015 self-titled debut album with this beat-filled new single 'Feel It'. We're feeling it.

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