The most successful track released by prolific Manchester singer-songwriter Jim Noir (real name Alan Roberts) has so far been 'My Patch', thanks in part to its appearance in a TV commercial. Well fans of that track will surely love 'Tea' which is taken from his brand new album 'Jimmy's Show' and is built from the same insanely catchy DNA.
Jim Noir's website
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Sea Pinks - A Pattern Recognition
Belfast indiepop band Sea Pinks put out their new album 'Freak Waves' earlier on this month and included on it is free track 'A Pattern Recognition' which has a threadbare, DIY sound that lets the song speak for itself instead of hiding behind a studio sheen. Fans of fellow lo-fi jangle-pop bands such as The Drums or The Pastels should find much to love here.
Sea Pinks' website
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Thumpers - Sound Of Screams
Enigmatic London duo Thumpers don't have a lot of music out there yet and they're keeping information close to their chests. I'm sure we'll discover more about them in due course, but for now enjoy this brilliant piece of electro/pop/indie called 'Sound Of Screams' It's a mash of genres with a big chorus and it's yours for the price of bugger all.
Free download: 'Sound Of Screams'
Io Echo - Carnation
The lucky folks of Los Angeles dreampop band Io Echo are probably still buzzing of the fact that they were awarded Obligatory Record Of The Week recently, and it looks like there's plenty more loveliness where that track came from. They have an EP out next month but if you can't wait that long then check out this other ace freebie, 'Carnation'.
Io Echo's website
Secret Mountain - High Horse
After a brief summer sabbatical, Weathervane Music's 'Shaking Through' series returns with part 7 of 2012. This time they're featuring Baltimore's Secret Mountain who are offering up the dreamy and blissful ambience of 'High Horse', a track that mixes dreampop and Americana to make a spacious yet lush wall of sighing vocals andreverberating guitars.
Secret Mountains' website
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