Helsinki-natives K-X-P could certainly take the prize for oddest/greatest band photo of 2012, but with their second album ‘II’ due for release in February 2013, it’s likely that it will be the latter year they will make most impact, both aesthetically and – more importantly – sonically. While a second album (a follow-up to their 2010 debut) may suggest they’re far from a new band, to us lot in the UK it’s fair to say that casually stumbling across them would be somewhat incongruous. Thankfully, oddness is something K-X-P deal with quite frequently and eloquently. Read more…
 
Anyone who has been a touring drummer for Caribou will know a thing or two about rhythm. The drum thrashes and poundings drenched Caribou’s earlier records and during this period (2008), on the road, at the helm, was a man called Ahmed Gallab. He then toured with Of Montreal, joined Yeasayer for three years and now ends up as Sinkane. It’s fair to say then, that Ahmed has been immersed in left-field, eccentric and innovative pop music for much of his musical career. Read more…
In 2011, 23-year-old Winston Yellen made a pretty antithetical move that most people in the twilight of their youth would go out of their way to avoid. He moved to a desolate, pre-civil war home, just outside Nashville and settled into its deep history and lineage, one about as deeply rooted in traditional Nashville music as is possible to come by - Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash once owned the place. 10 months went by and Winston, a.k.a Night Beds,wrote his debut album ‘Country Sleep’, seeing a February 2013 release. Read more…
Carpark Records continue their domination in the field of scratchy, dream-pop with an upcoming releasefrom the Japan-born, California-raised 19 year old Yoodoo Park a.k.a gRMLN. His debut album ‘Explore’ will hit shelves in November this year, merging a subtle, refrained and melody-drenched take on pop with a melancholic-tinged exploration of sound (the name gRMLN represents the feeling of other worldliness and disconnect he felt during making this record, apparently). Read more…
Now that most new bands who decide to pick up a guitar almost instinctively look towards the 90s for inspiration, music fans can’t seem to move for all of the plaid shirts, ripped jeans and Stephen Malkmus haircuts on display at the moment. This means that it takes something pretty special for a band in debt to this decade to stand out – enter PAWS: a three piece from Glasgow, who in their own words play ‘infectious, lo-fi, garage pop-rock’, and from the evidence of their debut album ‘Cokefloat!’ (out now on FatCat records) the emphasis is on ‘infectious’. Read more…
While only 22 years old, Mac DeMarco is shortly due to put out his second release of 2012. His latest (being the first proper album after his ‘Rock and Roll Night Club E.P’ back in the Spring of this year) ‘Mac DeMarco 2’ is hitting shelves in October via the excellent Captured Tracks. Gone are the lo-fi, oddball grooves of his first release (many of which consisted of cassette-only songs he had written) and instead we have a cohesive, produced and rather funk-riddled record. It would be easy – and perhaps patronising – to attribute this solely to ‘maturity’. Read more…