Georgian Waters - What Is In Your Heart
I was recently assured that the charts in Sweden are just as awful as in the UK, but regardless of this their underground scene is stunning. Georgian Waters are another terrific example of the kind of dreampop the country has become world leaders in. 'What Is In Your Heart' ticks all the right boxes for anyone who likes their music fuzzy and ethereal.
Georgian Waters' website
Buy the single
Rare Monk - Sleep/Attack
Another oft mentioned location for music of the highest order is Portland, Oregon. So here are another band from that scene, Rare Monk who released their latest album in February. Titled 'Sleep/Attack', it contains some very good guitar-pop tunes that are sometimes smooth and seductive but still retain an alternative edge. This is perfectly exemplified by the title-track.
Free download: 'Sleep/Attack'
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Rare Monk's website
Buy the album
TV Girl & Monster Rally - Average Guy (Blame)
It's always great to hear from our favourite sample-monkeys TV Girl. Following last year's free album the guys said they'd be moving away from the samples and focusing totally on original material (this will help with clearance problems of course), but here they've teamed up with Monster Rally to add some of their magic to this collaboration, 'Average Guy (Blame)'.
TV Girl's website
Monster Rally's website
Gdansk - Atlas
Ontario quintet Gdansk deal in experimental, ambient alternative pop songs, and in new single 'Atlas' they've managed to use Autotune as an asset rather than a annoyance. The song has a great build-up, and rises from humble beginnings into something far more impressive and powerful. All this is done to a rich and warm backing which makes this song even more lovable.
Buy the single
Catch them live:
May 10 The Corktown, Hamilton, Canada
Spacelaw - Electricity
Newcastle's Spacelaw were formed by university students in 2010, they subsequently split up, only to reform again with a slightly different line-up. They've just released their first EP which is self-titled. Taken from it is 'Electricity', a slightly lo-fi indie-punk track that recalls bands like The Buzzcocks as well as more modern acts. It's raw and sharp, just like a song of that title should be.
Stream or buy the EP
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