The five best free downloads from the past few days.
1) The Raveonettes - Forget That You're Young
A new album from everyones favourite Danish fuzzed out rock n' rollers is always an event worth noting. 'Raven In The Grave' is out on the 4th of April with the single 'Recharge & Revolt' shortly before. To tide us over til then The Raveonettes have made album track 'Forget That You're Young' available for free.
Understated, twangy and containing a very sweet vocal from Sharin Foo - the rest of the album may contain frenetic scuzzy garage, but hearing this quite tender first track is a very pleasent surprise.
The Raveonettes work rate is incredibly high by most band's standards, 'Raven In The Grave' coming only 18 months after previous LP 'In And Out Of Control' and just 6 months after Sune Rose Wagner's solo album. He's been sqeezing in a bit of production work too...
Free download: Forget That You're Young
The Raveonettes website
2) Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High
2010's 'I Will Be' album brought Dum Dum Girls some deserved attention as an integral part of the US lo-fi scene. They've announced the release of a brand new EP 'He Gets Me High' on Sub Pop records on February 28th (UK).
Richard Gottherer (known for his work with The Angels, The Strangeloves, Blondie, The Go Gos and The Raveonettes to name but a few) shares production duties with The Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner. The result is probably the best track the band have made, sharing early 60s pop sensibilities with the energy and fuzz of the producers' previous material. I can't wait to hear the cover of The Smiths' 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' which will also be on th EP!
The title track is available to download from Stereogum
Dum Dum Girls website
Pre order the EP.
3) Asobi Seksu - Trails
Some bands just deserve to be far bigger than they are. Hailing from the musical hotbed that is Brooklyn, Asobi Seksu most certainly fit into that category. 5th album 'Fluorescence' is out this Monday and you can grab lead track 'Trails' below. It sounds like School Of Seven Bells remixing The Cocteau Twins - i.e. a very very good thing.
Check out Paul's review on soundsxp.
Free download: Trails
Asobi Seksu on Myspace
Pre order the album.
4) Cold Cave - The Great Pan Is Dead
2009's 'Love Comes Close' was, despite critical acclaim, criminally overlooked. So to kick off the campaign for new album 'Cherish The Light Years', Cold Cave have gone straight for the jugular with a slab of industrial-electro-goth, seemingly engineered to pummel your ears to mush. All bodes well for the new record, hopefully the world will take more notice this time around. It's out April 5th.
Free download from Cold Cave's website
Cold Cave on Myspace
Pre order the album.
5) Low - Try To Sleep
Nearly 20 years into their career and Minnesotan trio are still on top of their game. People often complain that 'slowcore' (as they'd hate to be called) bands are boring. Low have been consistently proving that beauty can be found in the simplest of arrangements and that the cliche 'less is more' can work wonders in the right hands. This first track from forthcoming album 'C'Mon' is everything we've come to know and love about Low, and up there with the best of their backcatalogue.
Free download and pre order info at Low's website
Low on Myspace
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