Stepping out of your comfort zone is often what separates good art from, well, something bland and lifeless. Exploring the things that make us uncomfortable are often enriching and totally life affirming. When Icelandic rockers Mammút recorded in English for the first time in an attempt to expand their fan base, they had to be terrified at the prospect. Especially considering the song had already won an Icelandic Music Award for Song of the Year. But they pulled it off, this slow burning masterpiece permeates with uneasy dread. Join me in streaming 'Salt' below.
The PINS have released the title track from their upcoming EP, Come Back. The EP will be released on Bella Union Records as part of this year's Cassette Store Day on September 27th. The track features everything that's great about the band -- spot on vocal harmonies and their impeccable retro stylings.
Each time I listen to 'Come Back', it whisks me back to my youth when I'd listen to records from my Mother's mid-60's heavy collection. I can almost hear the crackling and popping as the needle glided across the vinyl as I curiously marveled at sounds and voices I'd never heard before. The PINS are on to something, and are big favorites here at Aimless Skylarking. Stream 'Come Back' below to find out what they're all about.
The PINS have offered up a teaser for their 2014 Cassette Store Day release, 'Come Back' EP out on Bella Union Records September 27th, 2014. The band describes the three new tunes as "60's Girls in the Garage covers". It's a teaser for sure, just over 40 seconds for the 3 songs, but enough to know that I'm going to own a copy. Listen to the teaser below.
I guess I did take part in Record Store Day after all. Once I learned I could get the PINS Record Store Day release shipped to the States, I ordered, and yesterday I received a nice birthday surprise in the mail. It's the epitome of cool. And limited to 500 copies. The heart-shaped vinyl record includes two tracks, both unheard by me, Shoot You and Eleventh Hour. Want your very own copy? Yes you do because it's on sale for £10 right this very moment over at Bella Union , and they'll ship just about anywhere. For sure Europe and the States.
Need some help deciding? These two should help!