VINYL RELEASE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
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Following on from the acclaimed eponymous debut album of 2014, the Julia/Spring 7" single is another deep shot of Lowtide's euphoric dream pop.
Recorded in Melbourne by Matthew Hosking (VHS Dream), 'Julia' was originally written and recorded in 1988 by the French band Asylum Party. Driven by mechanical rhythms and buzz-saw guitar leads, the blissful dual vocals of Lucy Buckeridge and Giles Simon lend the Lowtide version a hazy glow that transcends the cold wave original.
'Spring', a Lowtide original, was recorded by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals) during the album sessions for Lowtide and displays what the Melbourne four-piece do best — Buckeridge and Simon combining forces on both vocals and bass, guitarist Gabriel Lewis layering lustrous washes of melody and drummer Anton Jakovljevic steering, head down, through the entire glorious racket.
With album number-one having amassed 4 and 4-and-a-half-star reviews in many of the nation’s rags, and with a string of sold out shows (and not to mention an AMP nomination), Lowtide are preparing themselves for what adventures may lay ahead… The Julia/Spring 7” single is an exhilarating stopover.
LOWTIDE JULIA/SPRING EAST COAST TOUR:
Sat, August 28 — Melbourne @ Northcote Social Club
Sun, August 29 — Sydney @ Newtown Social Club
Sat, September 5 — Brisbane @ Trainspotters
We welcome Hideous Towns to Lost And Lonesome! The quartet of indiepop genii hailing from Melbourne, have a new single 'Heart Attack' b/w 'Skin' available to order now on 7” vinyl (hand-numbered and with a lipstick kiss from the band!), with orders shipping from July 16.
'Heart Attack' follows Hideous Towns’ two previous self-releases — 2014’s 'Don’t Look Up' single and subsequent self-titled EP — and finds Alana West’s distinctive vocals swooning and swaying atop waves of glorious guitars variously crashing, jangling and trembling.
Whilst fervently taking their cues from indiepop’s guitar-led antecedents, Hideous Towns succeed at effortlessly dipping into post-punk, new wave and dreampop, arriving ultimately at a sound that is luminous, honest and bold.
Recorded and mixed by Matthew Hosking (VHS Dream) and mastered by Mikey Young (Dick Diver, Twerps), 'Heart Attack' is an exciting instalment in what is shaping up to be an impressive body of work.
Catch Hideous Towns at one of these upcoming shows:
June 26th — Brisbane @ The Underdog
June 27th — Brisbane @ The Bearded Lady
June 28th — Sunshine Coast @ The Time Machine
July 4th — Melbourne @ Exit Strategy Studios
July 10th — Adelaide @ The Metropolitan Hotel
July 25th — Sydney @ The Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar
SONNY & THE SUNSETS NEW ALBUM TALENT NIGHT AT THE ASHRAM
Australia / New Zealand release date: February 20, 2015. CD and 180-gram red vinyl.
Our favourite purveyors of the Californian busted-beach-pop sound Sonny & the Sunsets are back with their latest oddball collection of sounds and stories entitled Talent Night at the Ashram.
A big soup of sonic ideas that wouldn’t normally be glued together, the songs on Talent Night at the Ashram make a large collage that mixes cinematic stories of fringe characters.
Initially envisioned as a film project, each song was originally a short film that, when strung together, formed a feature-length movie. As Sonny Smith was writing the scripts and hiring the actors (even shooting a few of the clips), the scripts began to morph into songs.
Equal parts Fellini and Os Mutantes, Talent Night at the Ashram is cinematic in its storytelling and kaleidoscopic in its mixing and merging of musical genres. Pairing uniquely off-the-wall stories with an ambitious musical scope, we once again find Smith securing his status as one of today’s most arrestingly inventive songwriters.