Song : Vashti Bunyan : “Across The Water”

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Nearly nine years since Lookaftering, folk singer Vashti Bunyan has announced her third and final album over her 44-year career, Heartleap, on October 6th via FatCat/DiCristina. She has shared the opening track from it “Across the Water”. If you could imagine awaking to the most serene, perfect morning, this is what it would sound like. Stream it below.

Video : Saint Pepsi : “Fiona Coyne”

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With just a little over a week since being released, we are ready to proclaim “Fiona Coyne” from Saint Pepsi as our song of the summer. Everything from the horns right down to the emphatic proclamation of “I’ll love you ’til the record stops” makes it the perfect soundtrack for a warm-weather night out on the town. In the video, directed by Matt Walker, you get to see the world of man who is seeing everyone else around him find love, except for him. That is until the end. Check it out below.

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Song : Hopium : “Dreamers” (ft. Phoebe Lou)

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Melbourne duo Hopium have already dropped one fantastic song this year with “Cut”, but added an even better one to their name with “Dreamers” featuring vocals from ex-Snakadaktal frontwoman Phoebe Lou. Lou’s glossy vocals fully compliment those of Hopium with a wall of ghostly synths that rise at all the right spots to really grab the listeners ear. Expect to be hearing more from this new project. Listen below.

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Video : TV Girl : “The Getaway”

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French Exit may or may not be TV Girl’s debut album depending on how you characterize their previous releases, but one thing that can’t be argued is that is an absolutely brilliant collection of work that has been grossly underappreciated by everyone, including us. However, leave it to David Dean Burkhart to allow us to offer up some penance with a new unofficial video for the song “The Getaway”. The video for the sunny track uses footage is from the 1960 French New Wave film, À bout de souffle (Breathless). Check it out below and do yourself a favor by given the entire album a spin as well. You can grab it at the low cost of name your price here.

Song : Childhood : “As I Am”

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While not grabbing us immediately, “As I Am”, the new song from Nottingham quartet Childhood has slowly found itself on consistent rotation around our parts. There is something so unassuming about it that it really takes the listener to give their full attention to really appreciate the soothing mood of the song. New album Lacuna is out on August 11th via House Anxiety/Marathon Artists. Listen below.

Song : Perfume Genius : “Queen”

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Mike Hadreas, better known as Perfume Genius released arguably one of the best albums of 2012 with Put Your Back N 2 It. New song “Queen” sets the stage for the follow-up titled Too Bright and set for release on September 23rd via Matador. As with all of his work, the song is deeply personal and is about what Hadreas describes as “gay panic” and empowering himself over the hatred. He further explains:

“Sometimes I see faces of blank fear when I walk by…if these fucking people want to give me some power—if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles—well, here she comes.”

You can listen to the song below and find his tour dates that span all over Europe and the States.

Tour Dates:
08-01 Katowice, Poland – OFF Festival
08-02 London, England – Visions Festival
08-27 Brussels, Belgium – Feeerieen
08-28 Cardigan, Wales – Mas Mas
08-30 Salisbury, England – End of the Road Festival
09-01 Glasgow, Scotland – Centre for Contemporary Arts
09-02 Manchester, England – Band on the Wall
09-03 Ramsgate, England – Ramsgate Music Hall
09-07 Milan, Italy – MITO SettembreMusica
09-08 Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
09-09 Bologna, Italy – Locomotiv Club
09-26 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
09-27 Denver, CO – Hi Dive
09-29 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
09-30 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
10-01 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
10-02 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
10-04 Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10-06 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10-07 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10-08 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10-09 Washington, DC – The Hamilton
10-10 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room
10-11 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
10-13 Dallas, TX – Three Links
10-14 Austin, TX – The Parish
10-16 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
10-17 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10-19 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre
10-21 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
10-22 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
10-24 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
10-25 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
11-11 Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
11-12 Zurich, Switzerland – Exil
11-13 Lausanne, Switzerland – Le Romandie
11-14 Leuven, Belgium – Depot
11-16 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
11-17 Berlin, Germany – Lido
11-18 Heidelberg, Germany – Pret-a-ecouter Festival
11-19 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
11-21 Utrecht, Netherlands – Le Guess Who Festival
11-23 Edinburgh, Scotland – Caves
11-24 Leeds, England – The Wardrobe
11-25 Birmingham, England – Oobleck
11-26 Brighton, England – The Haunt
11-27 London, England – Islington Assembly Hall

Song : King Avriel : “180″

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Everything about 23-year-old Los Angeles resident King Avriel screams crossover potential. From her beautiful looks to alt-R&B/hip-hop leanings, she has all of the bases covered. After months of building momentum, she is said be dropping her debut LP, Thesis, sometime this summer. Presumably, “180″ will be appearing on it with its woozy production by TheOnlyOnesLeft and honest lyrics that definitely hit the listener hard. Avriel says the song about a time when she was “an attention-starved, rebellious girl trying to navigate and find my place in this male-dominated industry.” Listen below.

Video Session: Poliça in-store at LUNA Music

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The summer sun shone brightly through the storefront windows of Luna Music on the day Poliça came by to perform. Already a vinyl lover’s oasis, the store could’ve hardly looked more inviting, more picturesque to even the most melancholy of visitors. But with a bass tone that could narrate a walk down an abandoned alley and the echoic vocals of singer Channy Leaneagh, the Minneapolis-based synthpop group gave listeners no reason to doubt that they were somewhere damp, dark, and reverberant, grooving to the most sexually charged music to hit Luna since it restocked “Purple Rain.”

Poliça’s set pulls from their most recent release, a buyer-friendly deluxe edition of their 2013 sophomore effort Shulamith that includes the four tracks comprising their Raw Exit EP. The songs deliver what we’ve come to expect from the band since they debuted in 2011; high quality keyboard texture, smart syncopation, and, of course, heavy reverb. Lyrically, Leaneagh finds herself more often than not unsettled by the dichotomy that love creates between emotion and reason. “It’s time for you to leave / But I’ve wrapped my hand around your leash / It’s really quite confusing” she sings in “Smug.” Her confusion reaches even higher levels in “Warrior Lord” as passion trumps syntax to deliver a grim poem ultimately asking a departing lover, “Do you want me?” While the minor key of the song suggests her anxiety is warranted, that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to want to move your body to the rhythm or happily hum the melody as you leave your favorite record store.

Filmed and edited by Doug Fellegy and Nicole Conflenti
Recorded and Mixed by Jeff DuPont
Words by Gerard Pannekoek