Five of the best free downloads on the net...
1) Operator Please - Catapult
The Australians' most recent album 'Gloves' was slightly overlooked. Maybe if they'd released this piece of indie-pop fun as the first single from it people would have sat up and listened. As it is, it's the fifth and final track to be taken from it.Time to check them out if they've passed you by so far. More of the same on the next album please.
The free download of 'Catapult' is available from rcrd.lbl
Operator Please on Myspace
Buy the album.
2) Marissa Nadler - Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning
Talking of things passing you by... Marissa Nadler has been releasing records since 2004, and this is the first I've heard of her. If the previous albums contained haunting, dreamy folk as beautiful as this then I've got a lot of catching up to do. Her new, self titled album is scheduled for a June release and will include the stunning 'Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning'.
The free download of 'Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning' is available from Marissa Nadler's bandcamp
For more info or to pre-order the album, head to Marissa Nadler's website
3) YACHT - Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)
What was I saying the other day about Portland? Well one of the city's most lauded acts are set to follow up 2009's 'See Mystery Lights' album with a new release on DFA in the summer. First up from that is 'Dystopia' - all synth stabs, apocalyptic thoughts and potty-mouthed lyrics. It's quite brilliant.
Free download: Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)
YACHT on Myspace
4) Uh Huh Her - Never The Same
Another album to look forward to in the next couple of months. Now down to a duo following Alicia Warrington's departure, Uh Huh Her's second full length 'Nocturnes' is due very soon (exact date to be confirmed) but they're giving away 'Never The Same' to get you in the mood. Pop music as it should be done.
The free download of 'Never The Same' is available on soundcloud
Uh Huh Her on Myspace
5) Hanni El Khatib - Build. Destroy. Rebuild.
To round things up, some good old fashioned garage-punk from Hanni El Khatib. 'Build. Destroy. Rebuild.' originally appeared as a 7" single last year but has recently recieved a more widespread UK release following an ever growing word-of-mouth fan base. His album will be out in June.
The free download of 'Build. Destroy. Rebuild.' is available from rcrd.lbl
Hanni El Khatib's website
Buy the 7" single.
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