New Music: Bat For Lashes

Finally, something to get very excited about. Over the last couple of weeks, Natasha Kahn of Bat For Lashes has been treating fans to a game of hang man, eventually revealing the name of the new album & project titled Sexwitch. According to Pitchfork, Sexwitch is a set of six covers of 1970s psych and folk songs from around the world, something a little different from your usual album release. Along with the announcement of the project, Kahn shared Helelyos, a cover of a 1996 Iranian funk track. Sexwitch is out on September 25th.

Remix: Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m A Man (HAIM Remix)

Everyone is getting super excited over this remix, and with good reason. Sister trio HAIM have taken Aussie band Tame Impala‘s ‘Cause I’m A Man and made it their own, but amazingly without losing any of the magic of the original. With new vocals and a fresh new ambience, HAIM’s remix/cover is awesome is a real joy to listen to. It’s so nice to see such a successful band show their appreciation of another successful band in this way, just because they’re fans, as HAIM’s Danielle said in a statement on facebook;

“In 2009 I was in japan playing the summer sonic festival with Jenny Lewis as her guitar player. On a day off of the festival we played a side show at astro hall in tokyo with a band from Australia I’d never heard of called Tame Impala. I remember standing in the crowd and not really understanding how this MASSIVE sound was coming off the stage with just 4 people playing. They were one of the best bands I had ever seen live. When I went back to my hotel, i downloaded their ep immediately- told my sisters to also- and since then we’ve seen their incredible shows all over the world at various festivals and loved every record. Sooo needless to say, when we were asked to do this remix we jumped at the chance!! but we’ve never really done a “remix” before so we decided to put out our own spin on the song. Go get Currents if you haven’t yet- you’ll be stoked. – Danielle”

SOTD/New Music: Songs about Berlin

Hello. Sorry I haven’t been posting, I am finishing up the tail end of my Masters.

I was also in Berlin for a few days, so to apologise and to tide us both over for a while, here are some songs about Berlin, or by bands with Berlin in the title, because Berlin is cool.

This track was sent to my inbox, and it’s a nice little indie pop rock track from Sydney-based band Berlin Blue. It’s got a good rhythm while being utterly radio friendly, but reminds me a little of bands I used to listen to when I was sixteen. Anyway, it’s catchy, and I am looking forward to anything else from these guys.

I have so much love for this song. Released a couple of years ago, RY X‘s Berlin such an understated and delicate track, full of atmosphere and emotion. Beautiful vocals, beautiful musicianship, beautiful song.

Can’t do a Berlin post without Berlin.

New Music: Chvrches

How did I miss this?! Oh well, better late than never. This is the stunning new single from Glasgow trio Chvrches, taken from their new album Every Open Eye. I was a huge fan of The Bones Of What You Believe so when the band announced a new album I was thrilled, but managed to completely miss the first singleIt’s always a test of a bands talent whether or not they can carry off the second album, this remains to be seen in Chvrches new release, but Leave A Trace is such a catchy little number, full of angst, synths and a new found confidence – it’s a very good sign of things to come. Every Eye Open is out September 25.

New Music: Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon

It only feels like five minutes since Ultraviolence, but already rumours have been flying that Lana Del Rey will drop a new album titled Honeymoon in September. Well the rumours are true, and the record has been announced alongside the release of the albums title track. At nearly six-minutes long, it’s nothing stand out and doesn’t gives me chills like Born To Die did, but as a staunch Lana Del Rey fan, I am intrigued to see if Honeymoon will be anything to get excited about.

New Music: Laurel – Blue Blood

I have found a new favourite, seemingly along with the rest of the blogging world! UK based singer Laurel has been an underground favourite for the past couple of years, producing a fresh and hypnotic vocal style and bewitching melodies. So far she has been keeping herself busy working alongside acts such as FKA Twigs and Yung Gud on the Allelopathy EP, as well as a second EP titled Holy Water. The release of Blue Blood has set the blogs on fire, and for good reason. The track slowly builds for a dramatic and complex euphony. It’s bold and cinematic ambience will draw comparisons to Lana Del Rey, but the more I hear from Laurel, the more she stands on her own as someone to firmly keep an eye out for in the next few months.