Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Five For Free #57


Fanfarlo - Replicate


Arty Anglo-Swedish indie/pop group Fanfarlo have taken their time following up 2009's debut album, but a second LP, 'Rooms Filled With Light' is out this week and on the strength of single and free download 'Replicate' you can tell it's been time well spent, using offbeat time signatures and held together with a unique arrangement of strings and vocals it shows them pushing the limits of what's expected from 'indie' bands.



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Disappears - Replicate


It may have the same title but this particular 'Replicate' is an altogether different beast. Taken from the new album by Chicago alt-rock band Disappears (and featuring Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth on drums) this track had plenty of power, it's mean and moody and brooding and the chorus packs a real punch. If it was a human you probably wouldn't want to mess with it.



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Strand Of Oaks - Spacestations


The latest instalment of Weathervane Music's Shaking Through series centres on Philadelphia's Strand Of Oaks, the musical project of Timothy Showalter, and definitely has an American feel to it. 'Spacestations' is a familiar blend of alt-rock, indie, country and folk that stretches back through everyone from The Band to The National and many many more.



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Mind Spiders - Wait For Us


Texan garage band Mind Spiders have just released their new album 'Meltdown' and taken from it is free track 'Wait For Us'. There's a punky edge to this track and it also takes in a touch of psychedelia (as a band called Mind Spiders probably should). It's a fresh sounding clatter through a menagerie of sounds from the past but they're cobbled together in an expertly ramshackle way.



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Exitmusic - Passage


Exitmusic featured in our bands to watch in 2012 list and  'Passage' is the first new music made available by them since then. It doesn't disappoint and gets us even more excited about their album of the same name which is out in May. Aleska Palladino's voice possesses incredible power and emotion and this is another immense slab of haunting beauty from one of the best new bands on the planet.



Exitmusic's website





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