Sunday, 5 December 2010

Sunday Summary

Tons of quality tunes and videos pass under the bridge here due to constraints of time, energy and, frankly, a lack of any discernible system to sort the H-T-A inbox into some semblance of order. 

One possible step towards resolution is this. What you're reading now. A summary. Every Sunday. As with Ronseal, it will do exactly what it says on the tin and attempt to round up as many gems from the week as I find time to hear gleam. And if you don't think you can hear something gleam, well sir, you're not listening closely enough. 

Gibbering aside, here goes for this week:

  • Our recurring faves Beat Radio are shifting into high gear with a third full length entitled Golden Age. It's out digitally now and a vinyl release will be ready this coming week. Check out Bandcamp for more details and heads up to us NYC folk for their release show at Rock Shop on 12/17.
MP3: Beat Radio - Golden Age

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  • Blissed out Californians Chief have another slice of wistful, vaguely psychedelic indie rock set to visuals in the form of the new video for The Minute I Saw It. It's vaguely trippy with the music hovering somewhere between The Besnard Lakes and Midlake. Which is a good thing. The band play Bowery Ballroom this coming Tuesday 7th December if you're in town.

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  • Standard bearers of Seattle indie rock Minus The Bear released newest album Omni earlier this year and recently filmed a segment for the consistently entertaining folks at Dirty Laundry TV. I still need to catch up with the new LP, but the tune below hints at another similarly satisfying wad of smooth-as-silk, mellow indie. 

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  • Further to my previous ramblings on a possible new album in 2011, The Duke Spirit have indeed confirmed Bruiser as their next release, slated for early next year. Keeping the free tunes rolling out, these UK purveyors of raw rock serve up the smouldering track Villain as the latest reason to put this one high atop our anticipated releases of the new year. 
 The Duke Spirit - Villain by Press Here 

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  • Foolishly having slept on advance warning of their new EP, this post thankfully allows me the opportunity to advise you that British art/post-rock chaps To Bury A Ghost release their debut The Hurt Kingdom this week. From the calming crescendos of lead track Beginning Is The End, I need to be delving further into their particular take on icy, expansive rock. If you want to get the jump on further musings, you can simply snag the record yourself right here

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  • Unintentionally continuing the ghoul theme, Swedish indie-pop solo artist Simian Ghost has new album Infinite Traffic Everywhere out there, as of last week. With a vocal that carries qualities of Jonsi and his own recent solo material, Sebastian Arnström crafts warm melodies around his voice to particularly pleasing results. Check out the tune below for proof and dig into his website if you find yourself swaying along to it as I did.
MP3: Simian Ghost - Transparent is OK

That should cover some musical nourishment for all to end this first week of December. As always, share thoughts on these tracks (as well as 2011 releases that are already getting you hot and bothered) in the comments or by liking the Heavier - Than - Air Facebook page.

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