Melbourne based jangle pop merchants Twerps today release the carefree and accidentally flawless “Work It Out/He’s In Stock” single on Underwater Peoples. Like many people, we seem to have been completely blissfully unaware of the release of their debut album last year, so thank god they didn’t take it to heart and kept absent-mindedly slipping together passages of woozy slacker pop. The lazily strummed chords of “He’s In Stock” have all the flippance and sweltering brilliance of Real Estate, so it didn’t surprise us to find out that Twerps have recently been supporting them on tour. Carelessness aside, they’ve also got all that obvious pop appeal that sounds like it comes easier than breathing, and as a result these languid tunes transport you to somewhere where all the worries of modern life just don’t exist.
Scrappy London four piece Splashh are making waves in the music industry at a frighteningly fast pace. It might take all of thirty seconds of the gritty “Need It” to work out why; it’s a joyful, youth-exuding stroll through some of the best moments of recent guitar music, taking the melody of The Vaccines and the nostalgic fuzz of Yuck to come out with something that’s arguably more than the sum of its parts, and definitely an early contender for one of the singles of the year. “Need It” now has a hectic video to accompany it as well, and the single itself will be released by the hype attracting Luv Luv Luv label on July 30th.
…And, just in case you are yet to be convinced, here’s the previously released "All I Wanna Do" on Jen Long’s wonderful Kissability cassette label.
Trés impressif, non?
‘Dream-pop’ is swiftly becoming a hastily-applied label to any slightly ethereal pop music in a desperate attempt to market it to the hipster head honchos of the music media. Yet it’s also true that there are still bands around crafting that delightfully disorientating smoke haze of a sound. By The Sea are a hugely exciting Merseyside based band who are more than successfully crafting that melancholic yet entirely satisfied sensation; the one that feels like you’re semi-drunk on England’s annual baking hot afternoon, even though it’s pissing down with the ferocity of Charlie Brooker outside. By the time the insistent drums of “Dream Waters” kick in you’ll be completely powerless; this will gently sweep your unsuspecting ears away before you even notice it.
If you’re feeling like you need more after that, you can download another track from the recently freely released (and brilliant, as always) EDiLS Recordings Compilation. There’s a couple of cheekily-priced (free) songs on their soundcloud, and if that is not enough sustenance, you can even find out their innermost thoughts on twitter.