POND – “Man It Feels Like Space Again”

Australia based psych wizards Pond, released their 6th studio record, Man It Feels Like Space Again Jan 27th via Caroline Records. Ok, it’s early April and Im gonna go ahead and call it… this is the best record of the year, not the first quarter…the whole fucking year!! It’s Pond fully realized. The band features a few crossover alliances with Tame Impala  Nick Allbrook (lead vocals/guitar/former bassist of Tame Impala) Jay Watson (drums/vocals/current guitarist vocals of Tame Impala) Joseph Ryan (Guitar/Bass/Vocals) Jamie Terry (Keys) and mixed by Kevin Walker (Tame Impala).

Pond formed in 2008 in Perth Australia with the idea of creating “an all inclusive, ego-free collaborative” and have evolved with every record into the dynamic psych driven machine they are today. The record is a cohesive piece of sonic brilliance, so extracting independent standouts proved a chore albeit below you’ll find a couple tasters along with a handful of videos including a short interview.

Pond – Medicine Hat

Pond – Zond

Pond – Holding Out For You

purchase the new record here

 

 

Spirit Club – s/t

Nathan Williams of Wavves explores the chiller side of his pop punk sensibilities with a new project Spirit Club featuring his brother Joel and Andrew Caddick of Jeans Wilder. Since forming in October they’ve released a handful of singles a couple videos and announced a self titled debut scheduled for a spring release on Williams’ own Ghost Ramp imprint.

Spirit Club – Eye Dozer

Spirit Club – Sling 

 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – “I’m In Your Mind Fuzz”

The extremely prolific, Melbourne based, 7 piece psych outfit King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are set to release their 5th record (in 2 years), I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, on 11/11 via Castle Face Records stateside (Heavenly in Europe and Flightless in Australia).

Self-described as “completely fried theremin wielding psychopaths,” I could attempt to describe their fuzz filled fantasy myself although Jon Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees frontman and Castle Face founder) has done it best…

“this Australian beast of a band with a bear of a name and a thick herd of band members delivers many things to us on this warped song cycle – a skeleton of propulsive kraut-beat fleshed out with a liberal dose of citric sweetness, flutes and harmonicas bleeding through the mix often and welcomingly, tons of wah and a hero’s journey/Heavy Metal early 80’s fantasy sort of vibe, and many lovely left turns into psychedelic mellowing, both groovily and sometimes with just a dash of DMT dread. The whole thing is just gooey with tape manipulations, phase shifts, and saturations, but there are clearly many tasty tidbits that bubble to the top, and they’re sticky.”

yep…that about covers it.

PREORDER  I’m In Your Mind Fuzz here and check out their US tour below

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – God is Calling Me Back Home (off 2013’s Float Along – Fill Your Lungs)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Sleepwalker (off 2014’s Oddments)

10/13 Brooklyn, NY- Baby’s All Right ^
10/14 Boston, MA – Great Scott ^
10/15 Montreal, QC- Il Motore $
10/16 Toronto, ON- The Garrison $
10/17 Cleveland, OH- Happy Dog $
10/18 Chicago, IL- Subterranean $
10/19 Buffalo, NY- Tralf Music Hall $
10/20 Baltimore, MD- Golden West $
10/21 Philadelphia, PA- North Star Bar $
10/23 Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge ^
11/04 New York, NY – Terminal 5 *

* w/ Mac DeMarco, Connan Mockasin
$ w/ White Fence
^ w/ White Fence, Juan Wauters

 

Lace Curtains – A Signed Piece of Paper

Michael Croomer (formerly of Harlem) started his side project Lace Curtains back in 2012 with the debut The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness. If you follow Decibelity you may recall the track High Fantasy on Decibelcast Vol.5.  The follow up, A Signed Piece of Paper is prepped and ready for a release on Oct. 28th via Croomers’ own label female fantasy with a collab tape release through Burger Records.

Croomer on the title of the record and the lead single…“The title of the album comes from an old saying—‘Don’t come to Hollywood without a signed piece of paper’—from when talent scouts would go to beauty contests in places like Des Moines and tell a girl she should come to Hollywood to be a movie star. Back then, the actors were contract players for studios so the actor would come out and if they couldn’t get signed by the studio, their options were usually pretty limited and often rough. This song is about Biggie Smalls. Wilshire and Fairfax was the corner where he was shot.”

 

Lace Curtains – Wilshire and Fairfax

 

Ryan Hemsworth’s “Secret Songs”

This is fucking fantastic! And a perfect illustration of what makes our particular time in history so unprecedented with respect to music, and pop culture in general really.

Earlier this year, Canadian producer/remixer/masher-upper Ryan Hemsworth announced his plans to launch Secret Songs, a Soundcloud project that would serve as an outlet for him to share music that he believes in “directly with people who want to discover something new.”

“[Secret Songs] is about two things: inclusion and discovery,” he wrote. “For those who are curious but might not have the connections to find the weirder, lesser-know artists.”

Hemsworth has curated some of the best tracks into a compilation, which swerves all over the map stylistically without once losing its pop sensibilities. And its free for the downloading!

You can grab it as well as the other secret songs here

Southern Boutique “s/t”

The Austin based lo/fi psych poppers, Tiger Waves have been featured several times here on DECIBELity and made an appearance on DecibelCast Vol.5 back in the spring of 2012. Unfortunately the band is no more…but out of the still smoldering ashes arise Southern Boutique. Comprised of two members of Tiger Waves they travel along the same vein, carrying the psych driven torch into a more refined, focused landscape.

As of this morning, the 18th, they’ve uploaded their brilliant self-titled debut to bandcamp (follow that link) as a free download. They seem to be label searching at the moment, although I have zero doubts they will be picked up in the immediate to near future at which time we will be celebrating a physical release.

Southern BoutiqueGrowing Old

Southern Boutique – Rabbit Trails

Alex G – “DSU”

Philadelphia resident, Alex G is set to release his first, physical, full length DSU via Orchid Tapes june 17th. The first pressing sold out in 11 hours and it’s understandable why. His music has weaved its way through the internets for several years now and is finally getting the physical treatment it deserves. His bleak, introspective lyrics ride gently above electronic texture and layered within lathargic guitar work. It’s masterful lo-fi weirdness. You can find his previous 11 albums in digital form at his bandcamp.

 

pre-order DSU here.  As of now the second pressing is still available but grab it quick.

 

Chad Vangaalen – Shrink Dust

Canadian musician/producer/visual artist Chad Vangaalen has prepped his first full length release since 2011’s Diaper Island. It’s called Shrink Dust and will drop April 29th via Sub Pop/Flemish Eye. As with most his efforts the new record was recorded and produced in his home studio in Calgary.

Stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork Advance and pre order here.

Chad Vangaalen – Monster (Shrink Dust)

Chad Vangaalen – Candle (I Want You Back  ’14 RSD 7″)

The below video for Where Are You, taken from Shrink Dust, is accompanied by a collection of Chad’s previous videos all self illustrated.

Video for Molten Light, taken from 2008s Soft Airplane.

Mac Demarco – Salad Days

Canada’s most twisted lo-fi rocker, Mac Demarco unveils his latest effort, Salad Days, April 1st via Captured Tracks. Self described as “lo-fi/slacker rock/jizz jazz”… sounds great.

pre-order Salad Days here

Mac Demarco – Passing Out Pieces

 

acoustic version of Let Her Go off forthcoming record Salad Days

My Kind Of Woman off 2012’s 2

+Tour Dates+

03-31 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom *#
04-01 Oberlin, OH – Oberlin College
04-02 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (early and late shows) *#
04-03 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick *#
04-04 Wakefield, Quebec – Blacksheep *#
04-05 Sherbrooke, Quebec – Boquébière *#
04-06 Montreal, Quebec – Societe des Arts Technologiques *#
04-07 Cambridge, MA – Middle East (Downstairs) *#
04-09 New York, NY – Webster Hall #
04-10 Durham, NC – Duke Coffeehouse *
04-11 Atlanta, GA – The Goat Farm *
04-12 Baton Rouge, LA – Mud and Water *
04-13 Austin, TX – Mohawk (Outside Stage) *
04-14 Fort Worth, TX – Lola’s Saloon *
04-15 Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s *^
04-16 Nashville, TN – Exit/In *
04-17 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle *
04-18 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *
04-25 New Orleans, LA – Tulane University
04-26 Yonkers, NY – Sarah Lawrence College
05-15 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
05-16 Paris, France – Trabendo
05-17 Nantes, France – Stereolux
05-18 Brussels, Belgium – Nuits Botanique at Botanical Cultural Center
05-19 Brighton, England – The Old Market
05-20 Glasgow, Scotland – Mono
05-21 Manchester, England – Sound Control
05-22 London, England – Koko
05-23 Cologne, Germany – Electronic Beats – E Werks
05-24 Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
06-20-21 Toronto, Ontario – NXNE

* with Juan Wauters
# with Amen Dunes
^ with Dent May

Hospitality – “Trouble”

The Brooklyn based trio, Hospitality released their sophomore record, Trouble Jan. 28th via Merge Records. Comprised of husband and wife Amber Papini (guitar, vocals),  and Nathan Michel (drums) along with Brian Betancourt (bass) the band expands on their sound placing more care in the arrangement. It’s a glorious blend of alt/rock, pop and post-punk with a glimmer of ’80s synth and an overriding honest vulnerability.

Papini on the record: “Most of the songs are about everyday environments that arouse anxiety or unease. The ocean isn’t meant for people; we aren’t supposed to be there, and some of the animals that live there are much bigger and faster than we are in the water. I think a lot of the songs deal with this ‘out of place’ kind of theme, feelings of unease and the questions of what is under you or what surrounds you.

purchase Trouble here

Hospitality – Going Out

Hospitality – I Miss Your Bones

off their self titled debut (2012)

NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert from 2012