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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Weekend Round-up #9/5 - 6 Day Riot, School Of Seven Bells, Midnight Juggernauts

Now readying the release of their third album, twee folk collective 6 Day Riot have announced a new single "All I Need" for release June 7, 2010. The single comes in support of the as of yet unnamed third album, which will follow later this year in around mid-October. You can stream the new single from the 6 Day Riot Myspace. According to their blog:

"The sound is a little different from previous releases as I believe new recordings should be, it very much reflects where we all are in life at the moment and has a mood which I find hard to describe, kind of dark yet uplifting and hopeful, if that makes sense. The new single "All I Need" will be released on 7th June, PR and plugging has begun and it is creeping up fast considering we are finding it hard to even get enough rehearsals in before we lock ourselves in the studio at the end of May. The album is scheduled for release mid/end Oct, and we will be heading on a UK tour to promote the release around that time as well."

The New Pornographers are definitely amongst my favourite Canadians, and cementing my affections even more firmly is their latest album - Together, an album from which the lead singles Crash Years and Your Hands (Together) originate. They've definitely expanded their sound since my first encounter with the band on Electric Version; Crash Years sees overdriven guitars joined by a daunting whistle and the remainder of the album contains collaborations with Zach Condon, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, and St. Vincent.

The New Pornographers - Crash Years (MP3) from Together (buy), out now.
The New Pornographers on Myspace music.

Former Secret Machines and On! Air! Library! band members make up psych-pop trio School Of Seven Bells, whose second album, two years in the making, comes out on Vagrant Records June 8, 2010. New track Babelonia is the preview track from the album, and features swirling noise, sinister synth lines and psychedelic dream pop vocals which reside above the calculated, engine-like whir of Benjamin Curtis and the Deheza sisters' shoegaze project. Download Babelonia below, or buy the album from the corresponding link.

School Of Seven Bells - Babelonia (MP3) from Disconnect From Desire, out June 8, 2010.
School Of Seven Bells on Myspace music.

Also in the realms of synth-rock, Midnight Juggernauts present the biggest album on album change from the three other candidates above. From an Australian group widely considered post-Dystopia to be a techno-influenced synth-rock band, their new music appears far more guitar based and space-rock infused than previous efforts. Its taken an organic turn with a sinister outcome - and track "This New Technology" and B-side "Get Connected" both display dance music much more concerned with 80s inspired guitars than with the electronic side of things.Hear for yourself below, or stream the new album via Myspace (recommended).

Midnight Juggernauts - This New Technology (MP3) from The Crystal Axis, due June 1, 2010.
Midnight Juggernauts on Myspace music.

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