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Dog Chocolate – “Tesco Flag”

OK I’ll be the first to admit I’ve often balked at UK noise-poppers Dog Chocolate based on that name alone. It’s abhorrent, but not wholly off base on the sound of a band that’s enticing yet corrosive in nature. The band’s latest single, “Tesco Flag,” is scotch taped to a clanking rhythm that gives way to nauseous waves of synth overload, rusted through guitar tones and vocal chaos. Propulsive, disjointed and ripped to shreds by the last note, the song boasts plenty to love. The band pairs this amphetamine noise-dive with a bonkers video of the band dressed as nits tearing it up in the woods (though I suppose those trees are meant to be hair, eh). Either way it’s a corker of a song and gives me pause on my years of write-off on the band based on superficial means.


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Mike Donovan – “Cold Shine”

Coming close on the heels of the last Sic Alps album, Mike Donovan is back this year with his second solo record for Drag City. His last album under his given name was a particular favorite for me, sanding down the noisy edges of Donovan’s work and embracing the somber folk that resides at his core. “Cold Shine” is certainly pulling for the same well, turning perhaps even a bit starker than his last affair. The accompanying video depicts the fallout from filmmaker Betty Nguyen’s lost home during the recent Thomas Fire disaster this winter. The video is a somber accompaniment to the track and actually fits it quite well tonally. Despite the crushing depression that’s coming hand and hand with both the song and video, this is still some of Donovan’s finest and a lovely song for staring into the abyss.

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Pretty Lightning – “This Machine Is Running”

If you missed out on the late 2017 release from Pretty Lightning (guilty) then there’s still time to catch up on the band’s motorik blast via this hypnotic new video for the excellent, “This Machine is Running.” The video is a dizzying display of color and light and it only serves to underscore the track’s hammerhead blast of psychedelic pop. Needless to say, as with most Fuzz Club releases, if this is missing from your shelf then you need to right the wrong. At the very least run this video on repeat for a good hour to cure what ails ya.



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Amyl and the Sniffers – “Cup of Destiny”

Flightless Records picks up Melbourne punks Amyl and the Sniffers, whose last record on Homeless saw them boiling down The Adverts’ snottiness with breathless guitar beatings worthy of The Dead Boys or The Germs. The new single, “Cup of Destiny” garners a video that’s a straight ‘70s rumble, echoing these sneer-lipped influences and ushering in their own dirt-punk credentials. It’s clear from any time spent with Amyl on the speakers that vocalist Amy Taylor is a natural born belter, amping up the fever pitch with her sore-throat howl. The band’s done time opening for some heavy hitters here and at home, so it seems that the upcoming LP might be one to watch out for.



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RF Shannon – “Black Madonna, So Divine”

Texan’s RF Shannon are making a good case for their upcoming album Trickster Blues with the record’s country lacquered second single “Black Madonna, So Divine.” The song is driven by Shan Renfro’s dream blurred vocals and pushed further by the cries of slide guitar that add to the bittersweet blush of the song. Pushing the surreal, dreamlike quality even further is the gorgeous cinematography of Melissa Cha, who renders the whole thing into a dessert sweatlodge vision that dissipates in a puff of dust. Lovely stuff.



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RVG – “Eggshell World”

If you missed out on the excellent debut from the Romy Vager Group (more commonly RVG) last year, then there’s still time to catch up. Apparently, the Aussies tore up SXSW, so hopes are on that at least a few ears were perked. On the eve of their entry to the Split Singles Series mentioned yesterday they release a great video not for the new track (sadly) but for standout LP track “Eggshell World.” The accompanying video is just Vager alone, clad in a silver dress in the darkness – it’s a great compliment to the track’s sweeping emotional pull. Vager is doing her best to channel the demons left to wander in the wake of Echo and The Bunnymen, The Church and Love & Rockets. For those missing the mascara stain of tears along with your pop, meet your new favorites.

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Mod Con – “Kidney Auction Blues”

Seriously, this new Split Singles Club run from Posion City and Our Golden Friend is putting up some killer tunes for 2018. The second split in the set sidles alongside the first as a vital blast of female fronted Aussie rock. This time the split features RSTB faves RVG, whose LP from last year ended up on the year-end list. On the flip Mod Con tears it down with a track that’s barbed and wiry with some jagged and juiced guitar work that heats up the needle on any hi-fi. Check the video wherein the band tear both the track and some faux kidneys apart – gross n’ great all at the same time.



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Moody Beaches – “Guns”

Following up on last year’s installment of the Split Singles club, started last year as a collab between Milk! Records and Bedroom Sucks, the new incarnation sees Poison City Records and Our Golden Friend take up the selector’s duties this year. The open the club up with a split from Bench Press and Moody Beaches. The single comes complete with a pair of videos that see each band work the same color blocked concept with guest spots in each other’s vids. The Bench Press side gives its all, but the winner here is Moody Beaches, a new ‘un that’s making is debut here. The band features members of La Bastard, but eschews their surf sound for a more stripped down post-punk punch. The single is strung up on nimble yet fuzz-rattled bass but shines brilliantly once the infectious shout-along vocals of Anna Lienhop surface along with some chopsaw guitar bliss. Gonna want to hear more from this trio for sure, but this should hold me over for quite a few repeated plays.



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Vive la Void – “Red Rider”

All things tangential to Moon Duo are heating up this year, with a new album on the way from Ripley’s Wooden Shjips and now the announcement of a new solo project from Sanae Yamada. The first track, “Red Rider,” paints the project in strokes of throbbing German Progressive, which isn’t a surprise given the Duo’s love for ’70s proggy Teutonic rock. Yamada injects her own brand of coldwave/dreampop to the proceedings, though, pushing the sound into mesmerizing waters. The accompanying video is delightfully psychedelic and dark. Down to see how this whole thing shakes out but loving this one for the moment.

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Kemialliset Ystävät – Hengitä Sisään Ulos

I can never think of a reason not to be excited by a new single from Finnish psych collective Kemialliset Ystävät, but this dizzying and visually stunning video from fellow Finns Nabb + Teeri only sweetens the pot on their beguiling new track. The collective, led by songwriter Jan Anderzén has been pumping out works since the early aughts, finding their way from psych-folk clatter to a current incarnation that’s wriggling its way through experimental electronic gardens filled with distended vocals and glittering synths. The track is from the band’s upcoming LP Siipi Empii which breaks with the band’s traditional homeground at Fonal, coming out through experimental hub Leaving Records. It feels like this track is just the tip of something sprawling and spectacular, but even on its own, this is a complimentary symbiosis of sound and video.

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