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Martha – “Heart Is Healing”

I dug Martha’s last album of emotionally raw power punk, but came to it late, making me feel like I’d been missing out until that moment. The band picks at the bones of pop punk but adds a heavier hit with touches of Ted Leo in their DNA and a jangle splattered twang that belies their UK roots. This time I’ve vowed to pay attention and it seems to have paid off. On their way to what I’d hope is an announcement for LP3, the band has offered up a new single and video for the strummy, knotty, and as might be expected, emotionally fraught “Heart Is Healing.” The video is a dizzy, homey shot of the band lounging, but it lets the song stand out as the focus here. The track lands among their stronger singles, hinged on a hook but letting some slippery slide work smoothe the edges on those jangles. Its a damn fun ride and hopefully a herald of new works to come.



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Snapped Ankles – “Drink and Glide”

UK rhythm-picked psych lobbers Snapped Ankles are back with a new album next March and its shaping up to kick just as hard as their last. The band has put forth a clip for lead single “Drink and Glide” that’s chafing the corporate mindfulness and self-care cavalcade. The song itself is built on their stew of hard-chugging rhythms, squelchin’ keys and anthemic vocals. Lotta psych bands utilizing the Echoplex vocal stab these days, but it takes a new tack to not make it sound like an Oh Sees rip. The band skirts the influence of their American compatriots, while crafting a sound that would slot in quite nicely next to them on any playlist. Feels like the second album is shaping up to be just as freakishly fun as the first. Check out the clip above and stay tuned as the album creeps closer.

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – “Lineas En Hojas”

Perennial RSTB favorite Lorelle Meets The Obsolete have a new album, De Facto, on the way in January and a hypnotic new video to get you excited for said album. The band plowed into the studio after touring their last album, Balance, and began a new process of writing that relied more on synths than guitars, an aesthetic shift for the band who’s often used the feedback-rich foundations of MBV and Jesus and Mary Chain as a starting point. “Lineas En Hojas” is gauzy and gazey at the same time, luxuriating in verses that are airy and, yes, decidedly synth heavy. They don’t throw out their distortion pedals and amps altogether though, as they surface again during the toughened chorus. The band pairs the song with a blissful beach walking video focusing on the pull of the waves. Be sure to check out the new album when it hits on Jan. 11th.

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Tim Presley’s White Fence – “I Have To Feed Larry’s Hawk”

Tim Presley’s been busy recently, but its actually been a few years since a solo White Fence track has trickled into these parts. Following a joint album with Ty Segall, a solo record under his given name and a Drinks LP with cohort Cate Le Bon, he return to the fertile ground of ’60s psych burble, this time advertised as Tim Preley’s White Fence. That addendum begs the question, what’s the difference now between Presley solo and Presley as White Fence? It seems to be a measure of cohesiveness, as I Have To Feed Larry’s Hawk (both the album and the track) are steeped in the uneasy sway of his omnipresent Syd Barret / Kevin Ayers specter. The solo record lifted the lid on that for just a bit, but with White Fence back in play, Presley is back mining the acid-dipped end of the outsider pop spectrum for noxious gems. The seasick n’ static video for the track from Ashley Goodall gives the cut a proper hallucinatory quality. Full album arrives packed and peaking on Jan. 25th via his constant stomping grounds at Drag City.

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The Holydrug Couple – “I’ll Only Say This”

Chilean duo The Holydrug Couple created one of the softest visions of psych pop this year, echoing Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips with equal skill. Their single “I’ll Only Say This” was a soft-touch, tender-hearted stunner from the album and they’ve given it an appropriately lush video treatment as well. The band lounges, the colors are dark and glorious and the song still hits home after all these months. If you’ve waited to get into their latest LP for Sacred Bones, there’s still plenty of time before the year’s sewn up. There’s something very comforting and warm about the duo’s music and in the coming months that’s going to be a welcome feeling when the bone-chill air starts to bite.



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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – “My Friend’s A Liquid”

A slew of good videos today brings up the second outstanding clip of the year from Perth’s (still) regrettably named Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. While that handle still chafes, the songs are as good as they’ve ever been. “My Friend’s A Liquid” is another smooth psych-pop bubbler and the video is packed with a barrage of cut-up collages that are just as dizzying as the syncopated guitar spirals that crawl out of the track. Between this and “Social Candy” earlier in the year, the band is definitely headed for some large scale notoriety and its easy to see how the band has graduated out of the same scenes as fellow lysergic poppers Tame Impala. There have been some great videos this year, but this one is probably among the most fun and whimsical of the year.

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CAVE – “Beaux”

CAVE’s latest has been a constant on the turntable here and its definitely headed towards the year-end list. With that in mind, there’s always room for another peek at the album. The band are embarking on a tour to support the album and have a new video out for standout track “Beaux.” Full of the slinky psych-funk that makes Allways so vital, the track is given a fittingly psychedelic video from director Krzys Piotrowski with VFX from Nick Ciontea. If you’ve missed out on the album up until now, then use this as a reminder to tap into CAVE’s breezy freak wonderland.

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Possum Moods – “Captian”

Featuring members from revered bands Cannanes and Boy Racer, Possum Moods comes with some expectations in tow. Thankfully, they easily make good on them. “Captain” is a wistful, gorgeous track that floats on a bed of bubbling bass, frothy keys and golden harmonies. The song’s indie pop primrose is ripe leaving the listener floating in a haze that’s as honeyed as the sunsets in the background of their toy-augmented video. The clip lends a homegrown charm to the song’s already humble hum-able tone. Check it out above and get into the band’s third album out now on Emotional Response.



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Martin Frawley – “You Want Me?”

I was out on vacation last week so the site was runnin’ pretty bare bones. Sadly, that means a few good things got lost in the cracks, but there’s always time to go back for the ones that got away. Case in point, this first single from Twerps’ Martin Frawley. Unfortunately, the advent of Martin’s solo career comes with the news that The Twerps have disbanded as the relationship split between Frawley and the band’s Julia MacFarlane’s marked the dissolving point for the Aussie janglers. Frawley’s first taste of an upcoming album shows a marked shift from the band’s humble pop sound and its not quite what I’d have expected as an offshoot of the band.

Frawley adopts a walking country cadence but stitches it to a wide-open vista of clean piano, loping strums and burbling synths. The song has the feeling of a late night session with no ticking clock, chasing bliss, loss and the bittersweet betweens while channeling Dylan devising a “Pancho and Lefty” for 30 year-olds hitting the reset button.



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Lavender Flu – Follow The Flowers

One of this year’s sorely overlooked gems was the sophomore LP from Lavender Flu. The band tightened up their sound and delivered an album of excellently psych splattered garage pop. If perhaps this one got a way from you, then now’s the time to go back and right some wrongs. The band’s sparkling, soaring song “Follow The Flower” has been adorned with a suitably psychedelic video that pulses with light and color. Check in with the visual treat and then head over to In The Red for the full experience.

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