So, who’s for Blues? Okay, before we dive headlong into Bluesfest, here’s eight jammers to get you through the week. DMA’S have dropped a new track and animated clip, but if this isn’t spinning you into a place of excitement there’s new tunes from Snail Mail, Good Morning, Gabriella Cohen, Blush Response, Blank Realm, Field Division and The Voidz.
SNAIL MAIL – PRISTINE (MATADOR/REMOTE CONTROL)
The success of heartached single ‘Thinning’ deservedly placed New Yorker Lindsey Jordan as One To Watch. ‘Pristine’ continues her thematic battle with suburban tedium. Buckling under the crushing grind Jordan’s voice speaks with a huge amount of emotion. The single also comes with news of debut LP Lush dropping June 8.
DMA’S – FOR NOW (I OH YOU)
‘For Now’ picks up on where late-era Oasis left off. Inevitable comparison but true. Yet all said they do it well. These three serve up slow burning psychedelia with typical finesse.
GABRIELLA COHEN – BABY (DOT DASH/REMOTE CONTROL)
If you’ve never turned an ear to 2016’s Full Closure and No Details please do so now. Since recording her debut LP Brisbane ex-pat Cohen has been touring the world with Foxygen. The first single from Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love sees her return to slyly crafted form.
GOOD MORNING – MIRROR FREAK (BEDROOM SUCK/REMOTE CONTROL)
Which brings us to Good Morning. This southern outfit already hold two excellent EPs to their name, but it looks like they’re finally readying the debut LP. Ahead of this long-player they’ve dropped ‘Mirror Freak’. As you might expect from a label like Bedroom Suck it’s packing some typically rugged production coupled spartan jangle and a huge amount of charm.
BLANK REALM – LAST SCENE (HOBBIES GALORE)
It’s been far too long since we’ve heard something from these Brisbane mainstays. The band has always skirted a balance between compact rock and free form jam, so it’s not all together too surprising that they’ve swung back toward the latter. Stay tuned for the full LP.
BLUSH RESPONSE - CRUEL (INDEPENDENT)
Fuzz merchants Blush lay down four minutes of swirling noise. Are we enjoying the concise, truncated and altogether poppier sounds of shoegaze’s present revival? Yes.
FIELD DIVISION – THIS IS HOW YOUR LOVE DESTROYS ME (BELLA UNION)
If you’re going to release a song under such a title you’d better have the pathos to back it up. Colorado duo Field Division do, their latest track is a sweeping epic. “This Is How Your Love Destroys Me' was written in a stream of consciousness,” vocalist Evelyn Taylor reveals while reflecting upon the track. “The lyrics flowed out with such emotion and personal truth that it felt as if my pain was universal, that I was channelling the weight of the world.”
THE VOIDZ – ALIENNATION (CULT RECORDS)
Following Julian Casablancas’ Vulture interview we’ll say this. Man’s insane. But don’t you just love it?
Words by Riley Fitzgerald