How perfect was it that London's Beautiful Strange Records announced their latest release by a band named Impulsive Hearts on Valentine's Day? The label's 18th release just so happens to be the debut album from the Chicago based indie-pop 3-piece. Sorry In The Summer will be released on vinyl and digitally February 26th and can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp now with options for UK and US orders. I'm new to Impulsive Hearts, but the band's brand of fuzzed up indie pop has me bewitched. Check out the video for the wistful stunner 'MDB' below.
It's taken me almost a month to recover from my UK vacation. I'm not complaining at all, was a fabulous 15 boozy music filled days I spent in the country, but, it left me behind on lots of things, not just this website. Now, Aimless Skylarking is caught up, relatively, but I've been overwhelmed by the amount of great submissions I've received in the past 2 months. Instead of going scorched earth on my inbox, bookmarks, and scraps of paper all over my desk, I've decided to share some of those submissions no matter how old. This time it's music from five labels. A few are new to Aimless Skylarking, and a few already have our trust.
A Lonely Ghost Burning -- Alt-Melodies compilation
Jamie from A Lonely Ghost Burning contacted me almost 2 months back, but the email got buried in my inbox in the weeks leading up to the vacation. A brief listen to a few of the tracks, I recognized a few band names, kept the email hanging around. And it's hard to pass up on a project focused on sharing and supporting underexposed new music. Isn't that why we are all here? To boot, it's a free download.
Human Sounds Records -- Modern Nomad
Joshua from Human Sounds Records out of Atlanta sent an email around the same time announcing the debut album from Maryland surf-rockers Modern Nomad. Give 'Show Me How' a listen below.
And since the email was sent, the label has added another band, Canadian psych-folk-surf-rockers Shadow Folk. The band's 5-track EP, Mystery Park, is available now.
Land Ski Records -- Murder Shoes
Drew from Land Ski Records emailed to introduce me to Minneapolis based surf-rockers Murder Shoes. The band's self titled 5-track EP is available now, and includes some Tarantino-esque vibes. It's a compelling listen.
Beautiful Strange - The Sinclair Sinclair
By offering up selections from Souvenir Stand, Big Wave, Fountains, Keebo, Tape Waves, and Hella Better Dancer, London based Beautiful Strange has become an Aimless Skylarking favorite. High quality vinyl and speedy shipping to the states is always a plus too. This time out, the label is offering The Sinclair Sinclair's debut album, Breaking The Waves, on white vinyl, limited to 300 copies. It's minimalistic, brooding and synthy, listen in below.
80N7 Records - Furnss
In a short time, 80N7 Records has become Aimless Skylarking's go to label for nascent indie rock artists. With two jam-packed cassette compilations, two cassette EPs, and quite possibly my favorite album of the year (Jake Rollins' Spend a Few, Make a Few) coming from the 80N7 offices, they're off to a hot start. Now they're dipping their toes in vinyl by offering Furnsss' new 4-track EP, New Moves, on limited edition 7 inch vinyl. 150 copies in all, don't be tardy!
I'll admit to being late to the game when it comes to a lot of bands, and I'm fine with it. Sure, it's nice to discover an artist as they release their first piece of work, but I can't be everywhere all of the time. Inevitably, I miss something, but I think that makes the discovery so much sweeter.
A few months back, I discovered the London based indie rock band Hella Better Dancer. The band has been around for a handful of years, flying under my radar, being awesome. My first impression (I couldn't tell you what I heard first) was that I enjoyed their work, but wasn't blown away. That was my fault because these days I haven't been able to truly dedicate a ton of time in the discovery phase, it has to grip me quick. That all changed with the Beech Coma Volume 2 compilation album. The album featured a track from the band and one from Tilly as Lazy Day. I fell head over heels after hearing 'Like A Child' by the band, 'Oldest Friend' by Lazy Day, and then later I heard 'Our Girl' by Soph Nathan. Shortly after that, I bought two EPs from their Bandcamp, and then two more from Amazon. Now, I can't quit listening to 'Brother', 'Last Song', 'Hundred Balloons', 'Take This', 'Last Song', all of their tracks to be honest. I find a new favorite each day.
The only thing that was missing was the 'Sleeptalking' 7 inch from Beautiful Strange Records. I checked that off the list this week, receiving 26/100 in the mail. Total for the package was £8 or about $12 shipped to the States, very reasonable for such a quality package.
Check out the video from Sleeptalking below. Billy Boyd Cape directed it, and it's as fantastic as the track.