That's probably the best (only) use of a Biro to create artwork for any release so far this year. Flamingo Bay hail from Alberta and make what they describe as "northern swamp rock", which to be honest is a pretty good description of new single 'Serpentine'. There's a slight college-rock edge to this track too, and we can expect more from their debut album in the autumn.
Flamingo Bay's website
Catch them live:
Jul 17 Silver Dollar Room, Toronto, Canada
Sep 05 Cameron House, Toronto, Canada
Sep 27 The Hideout, Toronto, Canada
Sep 28 Relish Bar and Grill, Toronto, Canada
Clang Boom Steam - Clan
Clang Boom Steam's website
Buy the single
CIRC - Melty Spot
CIRC is a French electronica artist who has already released a number of albums and EPs over the last few years. New track 'Melty Spot' is a cosmic-sounding, chilled piece of electro-pop that recalls the likes of Air. This tune has vocals provided by a vocoder which gives a nice retro feel, although the plan is to introduce a proper vocalist soon, so I guess that means there will be more to follow before long.
Buy the single
Hailer - Any Way I Can
Sydney's Hailer have recently put out their new album 'Another Way' and are offering single 'Any Way I Can' for free download. It's the second album for the band who formed in 2006 and 'Any Way I Can' is lively alt-rock that begins with a north American sound but then springs a big chorus on us which is jangly guitar-pop that lightens the load and sounds full of sunshine.
Stream or buy the album
Autumn Owls - All The Lights In New York
Dublin's Autumn Owls released their debut album 'Between Buildings, Toward The Sea' at the end of last year and it was a very impressive record. With their sights now turning to the recording of a follow-up, the band have decided they'd give the first offering a good send-off by making the excellent 'All The Lights In New York' available for free.