Montreal’s The Luyas have just signed to the wonderful Paper Bag Records (Austra, PS I Love You) in Canada. This is the superb first single from their forthcoming third album, Animator, out October 16 on Dead Oceans/Paper Bag.
Something for the weekend? Here’s a new mixtape from Snipe’s music editor, featuring various bands that have been covered in the magazine this year like Sleep Party People, When Saints Go Machine and Enjoyed. Listen and download below, and subscribe to further podcasts on Mixcloud or Soundcloud.
Here’s a sparkly, winning Zero 7 remix of Danish singer Tina Dico that channels The Knife through a warmer trip-hop filter to create an affectingly dramatic and pretty sound. Her album proper is released on September 10th.
We’re pretty picky pop-pickers here at Snipe, but we’re suckers for a big heart, a big voice, and a big tune. Norway’s Sandra Kolstad synthesises this holy trinity to perfection on her new song “The Well”, streaming below. In a landscape crowded with electro-girls, Kolstad stands tall – her music teems with positivity, energy and spirit. Within the legions of new artists claiming Björk and Kate Bush influences, only one or two actually seem to carry that joyful, creative seed in their music, and Sandra Kolstad is one of them.
Perennially awesome lit-hop three-piece WHY? have announced a new album, called “Mumps, etc.”, to be released on October 8th. The cover shows an elfin woman in the process of being eaten by a paper whale, and it was photographed live on a set rather than photoshopped – see the video proof below. WHY? play live at the Electric Ballroom on October 10th (and I’ll be banging on about their every move on this blog like the brazen devotee I am).
You can always rely on Josephine Foster for a bit of fresh-spirited, feel good folk music that sounds like it wafted in from the corn fields of middle America. This one is about god, but let’s overlook that, because it’s a nice song, and who knows what it’s about. Foster’s voice has a wobbly vibrato to it that makes decoding the lyrics quite hard to these atheistic ears.
Happy people puking peas and a levitating exorcism make a surprisingly apt backdrop for this winning, folky indie-pop number from Icelandic newcomers Tilbury. Pitched somewhere between Grandaddy and Kings Of Convenience, their soft-edged sound has hit daytime radio on their home turf – expect an invasion of England over the coming months.
And in case that’s not enough Tilbury, here’s their previous single “Tenderloin”:
Blanck Mass made one of the albums of the year with his self-titled 2011 debut, constructed from masses of verdant nature sounds piled together in a vast , celestial ambient sound. The follow up is an AA side 12” single, to be released in October on the Software label. 21-minute epic “White Math” sees Power introducing beats to his lush soundscapes, but beneath the persistent synth line and skittering processed drum sounds there’a warm, pulsing drone that keeps the trancelike quality of Power’s output intact.
After three years of silence, Japanese dream-pop princess Cuushe is back with a new EP. Girl/You Know That I Am Here/But the Dream, out now via Flau, inhabits similarly dense and dreamy sonic territory to her lauded debut Red Rocket Telepathy. It is, in parts, like diving into a giant bowl of uncooked meringue. It also features a host of remixes, including work from Julia Holter, Teen Daze and Blackbird Blackbird. Download the Botany mix of Summer Night Sketch below.