Hippo Campus’ debut EP ‘Bashful Creatures’ might not have done a great deal over here upon its release last year, but it did win the Minneapolis band a fair bit of praise Stateside. Now signed to NYC start-up Grand Jury (who also count Twin Peaks among their roster), their big track ‘Souls’ is getting a fresh push, complete with video directed by Ethan A.
Boston's Pile's new album ‘You’re Better Than This’ finds the four-piece once again joining the dots between Fugazi's DIY punk, the down-tuned sludge of Shellac and arty otherworldliness of Slint. It’s an alchemy that made their last release, 2012’s ‘Dripping’, a masterpiece in blunt force trauma post-hardcore, and is honed to moody perfection on this fourth full-length. Guitars clank like junkyard wrecking machines, drums are pummelled mercilessly while frontman Rick Maguire howls angrily into the ether.
There's few more beguiling sounds around at the minute than the shape-shifting glitch-pop of Bella Union producer Clarence Clarity. His upcoming debut album 'No Now', due for release on March 2, is a snaking electro-soul odyssey that sounds like what you imagine cult San Fran sonic experimenter Holly Herndon might make if she was a 1990s Top of the Pops mainstay, colliding twitching beats and contorted cut-and-splice vocals with Ashanti pop hooks and grooves so sleazy they'd make Prince blush.
You might recognise Brazil's name from 2014, when they shared their debut track 'Hide Away' - an ice cool introduction that was as noirish as it was infectious. After taking the title of that track quite literally and squirrelling themselves away for the past few months, the London trio are back with a new tune and set to properly kick things into gear. 'Hold Me' comes packed with attitude, strutting along like Arctic Monkeys in their nocturnal 'AM' incarnation.
Bayonet Records is a new label from Beach Fossils frontman Dustin Payseur and former Captured Tracks manager Katie Garcia, and pretty exciting it is too: from throaty Atlanta janglers Warehouse to New York experimenters Flouride, the label has only been going a matter of month, but already their roster’s a hot-bed of hazy, spectral new talent.