Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Five For Free #55

Ugly Kids Club - My Soul

Historically Nashville has been known as a hotbed of musical activity, even earning itself the nickname 'Music City', but things, globally at least, have been a touch quieter of late. Doing their best to remedy the situation are indie/pop/rock duo Ugly Kids Club who released their first album last month. Taken from it is the excellent 'My Soul' which sounds like The Kills given a pop makeover.

Ugly Kids Club's website

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Beach Fossils - Shallow

The second album from Brooklyn band Beach Fossils will be released later this year, following a brief break for some solo projects. This week they give us a taster in the shape of 7" single 'Shallow' which you can download for free below. The track is a wistful mix of hazey vocals and jangly guitars, set to capture the hearts of any lo-fi indiepop fans.

Beach Fossils' website

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Damien Jurado - Museum Of Flight

As mentioned a few weeks ago, Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado returns with his twelfth album, 'Maraqopa' which is released this week. The second single to be taken from it is 'Museum Of Flight' which he's kindly giving away for free. Usual top drawer songcraft, meaningful lyrics and heartfelt delivery all apply, and unlike so many others, he makes all those attributes into something quite wonderful.

Damien Jurado's website

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Terry Malts - Killing Time

If you prefer your music a little rougher around the edges then you could do worse than check out Californians Terry Malts (yes, it's a band, not one bloke) who are about to put out their debut album 'Killing Time'. From said album is free track 'Tumble Down' which combines the best bits of ramshackle punk spirit, minimal production and pop sensibilities.

Terry Malts' website

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WhoMadeWho - Below The Cherry Moon

We finish this batch of freebies with Danish electro-rock band WhoMadeWho and a track from their new record 'Brighter'. 'Below The Cherry Moon' is from a similar mould to the one Hot Chip use to manufacture their crossover blend of guitar-fan-friendly dance tunes, they're not the first 'band' to make dance music, but they don't half do it well.

WhoMadeWho's website

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