"We had a bit of a summer drought of exciting musical newcomers since I last put fingers to keyboard, but luckily, this fall was a great one for new musical discoveries. Let’s start first with America’s neighbours to the north, Canada. I checked out Montreal’s Essaie Pas during Saturday afternoon of the annual M For Montreal festival. Google tells me their name is French for “don’t try”, which totally fits their effortlessly cool analogue-industrial rhythms, drawling western guitar lines, and spoken boy/girl vocal interplay.
You'll probably recognise Crushed Beaks if you've kept a keen eye on the UK's vibrant new music underground over the past few years. They've been making the kind of garage-pop thrills that should really have seen them lauded by a lot more people than they were. Not that that's made any difference to the trio, who've quietly kept working hard and have come up with the goods on their debut album 'Scatter', released on February 9 on their own label Matilda Recordings. You can read more about that in this week's issue, but for now watch the mind-bending new video for single 'Overgrown'.
LA via Cardiff songwriter H Hawkline has been making underground waves with his self-described "strange pop" for a few years now, but it's with latest album 'In The Pink Of Condition' that he's set to make a big splash. His first as a signed artist, the record is out on February 2 via Heavenly.
Here we are with the 17 buzziest bands of the week, as taken form NME's Radar section in current issue of the mag (January 24, 2015). Pick of the bunch for me are new London fourpiece The Moon (pictured above). I was lucky enough to be invited to a rehearsal with them late last year, and was sufficiently impressed. Some of their tunes (not the one below, admittedly) had a kind of Slits-esque groove to them, while others, like the brilliant 'Eureka Moment' remind me of Britpop's more sultry moments.
Hiss Golden Messenger's fifth album, 'Lateness Of Dancers', was one of 2014's most under the radar gems: "an Americana record of immense spiritual and musical grace", according to NME's 9/10 review. It was also MC Taylor's first for fabled North Carolina indie label, Merge.