As is now tradition, we're here to make you Friday that little bit brighter with a smattering of tracks that have been tickling our ears here at the Culturedeluxe office over the past week. And best of all, each and everyone is yours to download for nothing at all. You can't say fairer than that then can you? Get you weekend off to a good start by wrapping your ears around this bevy of musical beauties.
The Proper Ornaments - Are You Going Blind
Something a bit special to start with. San Francisco’s Make A Mess Records has ventured across the pond for its ninth release, the debut 7” single for London’s The Proper Ornaments. On ‘Recalling b/w Are You Going Blind?’, the English duo offers up two songs of languid drift, rainy day vibes and ethereal pop power. Here we have 'Are You Going Blind' which, on these dark, autumnal evenings evokes a classic British pop landscape of grey streets, upturned collars and haunting harmonies.
Girls - Heartbreaker
From one duo to another... Having toured the arse off their stunning debut album, Album, San Fransico's Girls are to release a mini album, Broken Dreams Club, on November 22nd. A much more polished affair than their decidedly lo-fi debut, Christopher Owens sums up Broken Dreams Club as "a letter of intent, it's a snapshot of the horizon. We took the money we've made on tour and worked with the kind of equipment and musicians that would have been too expensive for us in the past." 'Heartbreaker' is the first track to be released from the record and it's rather splendid.
Women - Eyesore
Calgary quartet Women's second album, Public Strain, was released to a raft of critical acclaim and, if you've not come across this Jagjaguwar signing before, 'Eyesore' is a pretty song indication of what all the fuss is about. Channeling the dark-pop sensibilities of Brian Wilson, 'Eyesore' is a scratchy beauty of a tracks, with chiming guitars and hooks-a-plenty.
Toy Horses - Interrupt
Winning the prize for "Grandest track of Free & Single #3" is Toy Horses' 'Interrupt'. They're new, they're welsh and they make grandiose alt-country pop songs, drenched in melodies and reminiscent of classic 60s tune making. What's not to love? Oh, and Wilco's Kem Coomer is both in the production chair and the drum stool on their soon-to-be-released debut LP. If this track is anything to go by it could be something of an alt.country gem.
White Noise Sound - Sunset
Cardiff/Swansea based shoegaze/rock band White Noise Sound's debut self titled album will be released in the UK by American-based label Alive Natural Sound Records (home to The Black Keys amongst others) on 17th Jan 2011. The album has been produced by Pete Kember (AKA Sonic Boom and founder of member of Spaceman 3) and Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals). If you liked what the likes of Crocodiles were up to this year then you're going to love this.
Lykke Li - Get Some
If there was ever a pop song that should come with a NSFW stamp, then Sweden's Lykke Li is doing her best to write it. Under a pounding rhythm and Morriccone guitars Miss Li, in a butter-wouldn't-melt voice, sings "I'm your prostitute, you gon' get some!" Expect a rated 18 album some time in the new year.
The Narcoleptic Dancers - Not Evident
Anton Louis Jr and Melody Van Kappers, a Franco-Dutch duo, are half brother and sister. They were recently reconciled through the recent death of their father (reported to be a well know French football player). The band have already been compared to Slow Club, Nouvelle Vague and The Moldy Peaches. 'Not Evident' is a taster of what to expect from their debut EP of the same name.
Esben & The Witch - Warpath
Esben & The Witch have been simmering away for a while now. With their 33 EP exciting bloggers a-plenty and a raft of UK festival dates and support slots with the likes of Foals and Efterklang keeping them busy over the summer, it is with great anticipation that they release their debut LP, Violet Cries, into the world. You'll have to wait until the end of January to hear the record in full, but 'Warpath' should be enough to keep you occupied until then.
Foreign Office - On Repeat (Dreamtrak Diamond Dub Mix)
We've had Foreign Office on repeat (see what we did there?) here at the CDX office over the last week or so. Why? Well, if you're drawing influence from the likes of Talking Heads and Roxy Music then of course we're interested. We've a tidy little remix of current single 'On Repeat' from Dreamtrak.
Digitonal - Breakbeat
To celebrate the recent release of the Be Still My Bleeping Heart anthology, Digitonal are offering up Breakbeat, a track which epitomizes the delicate, fragile neo-classical electronica that has garnered the band widespread acclaim.