quarta-feira, Fevereiro 29, 2012

YOUNG PRISMS - "FLOATING IN BLUE" (NOVO VÍDEO)

Desde 2009, um Ep, três singles e um álbum, "Friends for Now" (2010), fazem a curta história dos  cinco (Jordan, Stef, Matt, Gio, Ashley) Young Prisms, de São Francisco .
"Floating In Blue" é o primeiro single do novo álbum, "In Between", que será editado a 26 de Março de 2012, e que evidencia o gosto deste projecto pelos anos do movimento shoegaze, lembrando-nos os Lush, My Bloody Valentine ou Slowdive, entre outros.





Realização:  Jared Silbert & Andreas Tarazi

GORILLAZ (com Andre 3000 e James Murphy) "DoYaThing" (NOVO VÍDEO)

A colaboração de GORILLAZ com Andre 3000 e James Murphy, já tem um vídeo.


Davy Jones (1945-2012)


Faleceu David Jones, mais conhecido como vocalista nos The Monkees (a boys band dos anos 60 construída para um programa de televisão)  e não tanto pelo seu trabalho como actor ou pela sua carreira a solo.







terça-feira, Fevereiro 28, 2012

SUMMER CAMP - "LOSING MY MIND" (NOVO VÍDEO)


Ainda do álbum  de 2011, "Welcome to Condale Summer Camp", os Summer Camp têm um novo single e o seu respectivo vídeo. "Losing My Mind" foi o tema escolhido.


iamamiwhoami - "DROPS" (NOVO VÍDEO)

iamamiwhoami, o alter ego da sueca Jonna Lee, tem um novo vídeo para o single "Drops" que é a sequela do vídeo que apresentámos aqui há doze dias, "sever".

Este vídeo é mais "normal" do que o habitual  e o tema, infelizmente, é dos mais desinteressantes de toda a sua carreira de singles.






New iamamiwhoami! The latest installment for “drops” begins where the previous video, “sever” left off. Lee is seen dancing by herself in the white residence in the apartment building. A close-up shot of two electrical outlets which looks similar to the faces of a baby is shown, before she heads to the room in the center of the apartment, and the hairy figure from “sever” is seen on the ground. She steps on it, and slowly sinks down. She begins falling through each apartment directly below her. As she falls, two scenes are seen in an adjacent apartment building: The man in underwear from previous videos is seen trying to hold the door shut as a hairy figure tries to break through, and the girl from “clump” looks out of the window in a bedroom, with someone else laying in bed. Lee eventually falls into the parking lot of the apartment building, where she sees another hairy figure on top of a covered Volvo 240. The figure walks towards her, then splits into five. The recurring number of six is present again, in the form of 6 hairy figures throughout the video (including the one in the apartment above). The 5 hairy figures then encircle her. After a pause, the hairy figures start to run towards Lee. The video ends with a shot of the covered Volvo 240.

According to online music distributor Rdio, “good worker” is slated for release on March 14th!

NORAH JONES - "HAPPY PILLS" (NOVO TEMA)

Se alguns de vós só conhecem a Norah Jones apenas dos discos para oferecer a um familiar mais velho no Natal, então não conhecem Norah Jones. Ela tem colaborado com os projectos mais distintos (Q Tip, Lonely Island, Ryan Adams) e, ela própria, mantêm projectos paralelamente em áreas bastante diferentes. Talvez alguns recordem-se de aqui falarmos dela nos Little Willies, nos Sloppy Joanne´s ou no seu projecto punk El Madmo.

Foi precisamente dessa abertura de Norah Jones, e da sua colaboração com Danger Mouse no seu disco "Rome", de 2011, que nasceram temas para esse disco e outros temas que vêem agora a luz do dia no novo álbum de Norah Jones, "Little Broken Hearts", que foi, em grande parte, gravado no estúdio de Danger Mouse. Os temas são todos de ambos e a maioria dos instrumentos também foram tocados por eles.

Já temos para ouvir (abaixo) o single "Happy Pills", mas o alinhamento do disco, que estará disponível a 30 de Abril, é este:
1. Good Morning
2. Say Goodbye
3. Little Broken Hearts
4. She's 22
5. Take It Back
6. After The Fall
7. 4 Broken Hearts
8. Travelin' On
9. Out On The Road
10. Happy Pills
11. Miriam
12. All A Dream

 
  

segunda-feira, Fevereiro 27, 2012

LOWER DENS - "BRAINS" (NOVO VÍDEO)

Lower Dens é um dos projectos da cantora e escritora de canções, Jana Hunter, acompanhada por Will Adams (guitarra), Geoff Graham (baixo) e Abram Sanders (bateria)m  terá, a 1 de Maio o seu novo álbum, "Nootropics", à venda.
Neste álbum, o segundo da carreira da banda, sucedendo a "Twin-Hand Movement" que foi editado no catálogo Gnomonsong de Devendra Banhart, houve a produção de  Drew Brown  (Beck, Blonde Redhead, Radiohead).
Lower Dens passarão por Barcelona, pelo Primavera Sound, a 1 de Junho.



sexta-feira, Fevereiro 24, 2012

PYYRAMIDS - "DON´T GO" (NOVO VÍDEO)

Se algum de vocês diz "oh no" outra vez os OK Go, podem acalmar-se porque não é sobre a banda com os vídeos musicais mais virais de todos os tempos que vamos falar.

Apesar de este post estar relacionado com um dos membros dos Ok Go, Tim Norwind, o baixista da banda (mais conhecido, nos vídeos dos Ok Go, pela sua barba e os grandes óculos), tem um outro projecto, os PYYRAMIDS, com a vocalista Drea Smith (em tempos, dos He Say She Say). Têm agora um Ep de esteia, "Human Beings", que vos dará outra perspectiva do brincalhão Norwind.

"Don´t Go" foi o primeiro  single  e este EP  já os meteu na nossa mira de bandas a seguir.





Realizado por Ericka Clevenger com direcção de arte por Javier Meza.

SPIRITUALIZED - "HEY JANE" (NOVO TEMA)

Espera-se o novo álbum, o sétimo, dos Spiritualized, "Sweet Heart Sweet Light", a 10 de Abril, depois de dois anos de gravações e um ano de misturas em casa. O novo single chama-se "Hey Jane" e já podem ouvir e comprar.

Este é o alinhamento de todo o disco:
1. Hey Jane
2. Little Girl
3. Get What You Want
4. Too Late
5. Heading For The Top
6. Freedom
7. I Am What I Am
8.  Mary
9. Life Is A Problem
10. So Long You Pretty Things
  

THE SHINS - "SIMPLE SONG" (NOVO VÍDEO)


Depois de um vídeo com a banda em estúdio a gravar para acompanhar o single "Simple Song", que revelámos aqui  , agora temos realmente um vídeo para o tema. O single está disponível já desde Janeiro.

"Port of Morrow", o seu novo álbum, como já tinhamos transmitido no anterior post, estará disponível a 19 de Março.


quinta-feira, Fevereiro 23, 2012

ISLANDS - "HALLWAYS" (NOVO VÍDEO)


Os Islands, de Montreal, que acompanhamos aqui desde 2006, têm um novo single e um excepcional vídeo, com a realização de Lex Halaby & Toben Seymour, para o tema "Hallways" que encontrarão no novo álbum "A Sleep & A Forgetting", disponível desde dia 14.

BEIRUT - "VAGABOND" (NOVO VÍDEO)

"The Rip Tide", o álbum de 2011 dos Beirut continua a dar frutos. Desta vez "Vagabond" tomou o formato de vídeo, realizado por Sunset Television, e filmado num salão de dança em Greenpoint,  Brooklyn, tendo como inspiração Milos Forman dos anos 60.


quarta-feira, Fevereiro 22, 2012

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA - "STRANGERS ARE STRANGE" (NOVO VÍDEO)

Depois do fim da banda punk australiana The Mint Chick, onde Ruban Nielson (guitarra) foi um dos mentores, nas horas vagas foi surgindo as músicas do que é hoje conhecido como Unknown Mortal Orchestra, que teve a primeira edição em 2007,  um EP homónimo que teve uma edição limitada de 300 cópias.

Em 2011, já com residência efectiva em Portland, Oregon, EUA, é editado o primeiro álbum (capa na foto) dos U.M.O., onde podem encontrar o tema do vídeo deste post, "Strangers Are Strange", que foi realizado por Sam Kristofski.

SANTIGOLD - "DISPARATE YOUTH" (NOVO TEMA)


Desde ontem, está disponível nos EUA o novo single de Santigold, "Disparate Youth", tema do EP com o mesmo nome.




YACHT - "Shangri-La" (NOVO VÍDEO)

Há um novo vídeo dos Yacht, com a colaboração de muitos dos seus fãs, para o tema "Shangri-La", do álbum com o mesmo nome editado em 2011.

sexta-feira, Fevereiro 17, 2012

iamamiwhoami - "SEVER" (NOVO VÍDEO)

Enquanto a indústria, e a sua horde de leais servos da imprensa, concentra-se nos seus hypes do momento, um dos projectos mais inovadores, em termos de divulgação e como alternativa musical, nos últimos três anos, volta a dar sinais de vida.

iamamiwhoami, o projecto "anónimo" da sueca Jonna Lee, que temos acompanhado desde o início de 2010,  voltou a aparecer no início de 2012, com dois vídeos o "tease" "kin 20120611" e, o mais recente, "sever".

O último vídeo tinha sido publicado em 2011, em Julho, conforme foi aqui na altura divulgado.

Espera-se um novo single, provavelmente só disponível online, como aconteceu com os anteriores, a 29 deste mês.

quinta-feira, Fevereiro 16, 2012

PET - "BENCH CONNECTION" (NOVO VÍDEO)



Os PET são um trio de Edimburgo que chega agora ao seu terceiro single, "Wear Black", que estará disponível para compra a 20 de Fevereiro. Os anteriores singles foram "What You Building?" e "Middle Child Syndrome".

"Bench Connection" é o lado B de "Wear Black", e teve direito ao vídeo que vos mostramos abaixo.





quarta-feira, Fevereiro 15, 2012

FRANKIE ROSE - "GOSPEL/GRACE" (NOVO VÍDEO)

Frankie Rose, que foi em tempos compositora e  baterista nas Vivian Girls, edita a 19 de Março o seu segundo álbum, "Interstellar" (capa na foto), passando a designar-se apenas como Frankie Rose, em vez de Frankie Rose and the Outs, o que acontecia até agora.

"Gospel/Race" é o novo single que merceu um vídeo realizado por Hannah Lew.






Realizado por Hannah Lew.

LOS CAMPESINOS! - "SONGS ABOUT YOUR GIRLFRIEND" (NOVO VÍDEO)





O presente, para o dia de São Valentim, dos
Los Campesinos,  foi o vídeo, dirigido por David Spearing, para o novo single,"Songs About Your Girlfriend", retirado do álbum do ano passado, "Hello Sadness".




MUSIC ALLIANCE PACT :: FEVEREIRO 2012

Sejam bem vindos a mais uma edição mensal do Music Alliance Pact. Este mês, temos um novo país a participar, a Colômbia, através do blogue El Parlante Amarillo .

Neste Fevereiro, a participação portuguesa é de Victor Ferreira, mais conhecido pelo nome do seu projecto, Sun Glitters. Victor nasceu no Luxemburgo mas mantem algumas das raízes portuguesas através dos seus pais e, agora, nos últimos tempos, com as visitas ao nosso país, para apresentar Sun Glitters ao vivo. A ele agrada-lhe, não só o interesse o seu projecto, mas também a aceitação que tem tido  do público e da crítica. Não que Victor precise desses mimos, mas pelas suas ligaçãões ao nosso país, já que a sua música foi motivo de destaque no The Guardian, FADER e na Pitchfork, antes de ter atenção em Portugal.

O tema que podem encontrar aqui só estará disponível a quem comprar o seu novo EP, "High", online. Por isso, este é mais um exclusivo Music Alliance Pact.

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Em cada tema, pode carregar no ícone do botão "play" para ouvir os temas individualmente, ou carregue com o botão direito do rato para fazer o descarregamento desse tema ou faça o download de um ficheiro comprimido com os 36 temas deste mês  aqui.
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ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Cosmo - Cazador
Cosmo is an indie-pop band which features members or former members of other groups that are well-known to the Buenos Aires independent music scene (Pablo de Caro from Mataplantas, Ayar Sava from Interama, Pablo Font from Les Mentettes and Andrés Ravioli from Mompox and Brian Storming, among others). A couple of months ago they released their self-titled first album, with songs that combine vintage synthesized sounds and beats with acoustic instruments and fine arrangements. You can download the whole album for free.
 

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
Squalloscope - Domino
Anna Kohlweis has released three albums as Paper Bird, however these days she prefers her new alias Squalloscope. Goodbyes in bus terminals, long train rides, sitting on planes and bottles of wine have influenced her upcoming album Soft Invasions. Domino is a singer-songwriter take on R'n'B combined with postmodern lyrics: "I'm a copy of a copy of a copy of a woman, you're the copy of a copy of a copy of a guy."


BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Graveola e o Lixo Polifônico - Insensatez: A Mulher Que Fez
Graveola e o Lixo Polifônico is a creative band that experiments with MPB (mainstream Brazilian pop music) and makes organic mashups, appropriating themes of bands from various genres to create new works. Their new record is available for download from their website.


CANADA: I(Heart)Music
Amity Beach - Jake's Version Of Paradise
Seeing as Amity Beach a) only have a three-song EP to their name and b) look like they're probably still in high school, I might be jumping the gun on praising them. Still, listening to this track (along with the other two), it's hard not to be excited. They've got a great ear for catchy pop and I'd be surprised - not to mention a little disappointed - if this doesn't lead to some great things.


CHILE: Super 45
Survey Team - Valdivia De Viña
A couple of years ago, Survey Team was just a frail bedroom duo with singer Carla Bolgeri adding colorful and sweet melodies to folk-guitar patterns created by her bandmate, Francisco Marín. They've certainly changed. Today, they are a powerful quintet with sounds that shock and hit with electric sensuality. Valdivia De Viña is a summer première, soon to be included in their debut album Suriname, which validates Survey Team as a pop delicacy from the current Chilean pop wave and a highly versatile band by successfully flirting with reggae.


CHINA: Wooozy
Mr. Graceless - Mr. Li
Mr. Graceless is a Beijing-based indie-rock trio. They try to keep a low profile, moving forward step by step. They are tepid and unassuming, and have a clear-cut stand on what to love and what to hate. The love, pain, fantasy and fervor of youth are the best tags for their music. They prefer beautiful melodies and independent attitude. Mr. Graceless is touring around China with their debut release The Tree Ever Green.


COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
Julián Mayorga - ¿Cómo Llorar Al Revés o Regresar Al Asfalto o...?
¿Cómo Llorar Al Revés o Regresar Al Asfalto o Espantar Mi Propio Cuerpo Inerte o Desaparecer y Volver a Aparecer? - this is the complete title of this piece by singer-songwriter Julián Mayorga, born in Ibagué. It's an interesting, poetic union between pop and folk that hides, in what he calls La Pequeña Orquesta Sintética (synths and computers), the deep and very personal landscapes that his soft voice creates.


DENMARK: All Scandinavian
Spleen United - Bright Cities Keep Me Awake
"We are still wild animals," Spleen United proclaim on Bright Cities Keep Me Awake, from their long-awaited and impressive third full-length, School Of Euphoria. It's a sentiment carrying truth and one somewhat defining for principal songwriter and frontman Bjarke Niemann's lyrical appendage to the dark, synthesized rock reminiscing 90s electro, house and (euro)dance. It makes School Of Euphoria a rather despondent, while immensely awesome, listen.


ENGLAND: The Guardian Music Blog
Wild Combination - Great Expectations
Wild Combination's sound itches and twists in an effort to etch itself across indie's sonic history. It shouldn't worry so much. The Essex trio responsible know how to channel the best of recent backbeat melancholia (Foals, The Postal Service) and that's more than enough. This demo version of Great Expectations - mixed specially for MAP - clips along, the addition of a swarth of dreamy synths tying it just to the right side of funky.


FINLAND: Glue
Black Twig - Lake Song
Noise, pop, fuzz, sound experiments. Black Twig is one of the hottest bands in the Finnish indie scene at the moment with their just-released debut album, Paper Trees. In their own words, Black Twig's sound has echoes of modern fuzzed-out pop experiments as well as of 60s garage-rock gems, sometimes developing a sensibility for hypnotic, repetitive drones.


FRANCE: Yet You're Fired
Cracbooms - @soleil
Cracbooms are more than a band. They are a group of friends who sing about how sweet and simple life is when surrounded by your loved ones, when there are pretty girls around and the sun shines above your head. Their lyrics are filled with humor and casualness, and are written with an unsettling easiness. As for their sound, it's a mix between the guitars of Two Door Cinema Club and pop à la Young Michelin. I think they've found the perfect combination.


GERMANY: Blogpartei
Wooden Peak - Pills Start Work
The two guys behind Wooden Peak are getting famous for their gigs where they occupy a whole stage while just sitting on their stools, carefully watching each other. Although their set-up with guitar and drums seems quite like a garage band, their singing and acoustic play triggers very different emotions - calm and dizziness, homeliness and wanderlust. Pills Start Work is a great MAP exclusive which slightly resembles early Whitest Boy Alive. The album Lumen has just been released on the lovely label Analogsoul.


GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
Bokomolech - Talk About Fires
Nine years is a long time to wait, but new album Mass Vulture finds Bokomolech embracing and sifting through the finer moments of their past over the course of 10 outstanding songs. The record is once again exceptionally crafted and gorgeously composed, richly textured and potently rhythmic, instilled with instrumental mastery and consistent music ideas, powerfully expressive vocals, remarkable melodic turns, lovely harmonic noises, sleek and slippery riffs. They have created a sparse and thrilling work of strikingly expansive ambition with the arresting delicacy of the quieter, dreamier tunes capable of ripping up your emotions.


ICELAND: Rjóminn
Vigri - Animals
Animals is from Vigri's debut album Pink Boats. The band decided to travel around many of the small churches in Iceland's countryside to record the song, but the end result is from what they recorded in the Flatey island church.


INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Spring/Summer - Tonight
Spring/Summer come from Bandung and are the freshest breed of (what we Indonesians call) Britpop revivalism. With a twist of The Smiths, Joy Division and Blueboy and a bit of attitude, they make tasty, raw music. They probably won't be the next big thing, but their music provides enjoyable reminiscing of teenage years spent looking for second-hand Smiths CDs at the local thrift store.


IRELAND: Nialler9
Redahan - Ru In Daejeon
If I could, I would pick the entire Loud Mouth collective as Ireland's MAP representatives this month. They are a coterie of producers, rappers, musicians and DJs who have released three volumes of freely downloadable new music taking in electronica, rap and post-dubstep. Redahan is one producer at the heart of the collective and his evocative and expansive Ru In Daejeon is indicative of the collective's scope and vision.


ITALY: Polaroid
Heike Has The Giggles - Breakfast
On their sophomore album, Crowd Surfing, the young Heike Has The Giggles pin down even more precisely the range of their influences - from the lighter Nineties pop-punk full of fun to the stronger Noughties punk funk à la Gossip. And damn, they are very good at mixing these. Breakfast is the new album's first single.


JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Cloudy Busey - Up To You (If You Love Me)
Cloudy Busey takes many cues from house music on Up To You (If You Love Me), yet this long-burning song never feels exuberant. Rather, the Osaka-based Busey inverts the sounds of a club into something apt for a shadowy alleyway. The beat pounds on relentlessly, but the spacey synths and singing evoke the loneliness of long, solitary walks home early in the morning set against neon lights. If nights out tend to bring you down, here is the jam for you.


MALTA: Stagedive Malta
Danjeli - Midnight Carpet Ride
Besides being a maverick club DJ and an accomplished musician in his own right, Danjeli is also a member of the renegade Maltese folk band Brikkuni. This year he released another solo album, KontroNatura, available for free download from Complex Sound Sagacity.


MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
Uvilov - De Tantos Universos Paralelos
"Playing dreampop since 2005," is the slogan of this pioneering band. De Tantos Universos Paralelos is the gigantic overture to their new album El Desprendimiento, which promises to be an overload of feedback and chaos restrained under a structure. Uvilov might be intending to picture a party where the mankind of tomorrow is invited only if its conscience allows it to.


NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam
Wooden Constructions - Full Brother
There's been a buzz brewing for Amsterdam's Wooden Constructions for a year or two already, their edgy live performances stealing the limelight from a host of international indie wannabes along the way. Well, it's all set to reach boiling point when they finally unleash their debut album People Now People in spring. A barrage of taut dance grooves, minimalistic riffage and unsettling narratives, they provide a contemporary glimpse of post-punk at its maniacal best. Check out first single Full Brother for a taster of their danceable gloom, making the bold promise that the intensity of their live shows will carry over onto tape.


NEW ZEALAND: Einstein Music Journal
Grass Cannons - Wendy's
If hissing noise and warm melodies are your buzz then Auckland four-piece Grass Cannons should be on your radar. They've just released their debut EP Vet Dream, containing five darting guitar songs that each take a different path but ultimately lead to the same satisfactory conclusion. While a noisy mess rides heavy throughout their music and kidnaps a bit of their style, within each song there are several minutes of genius song structure that highlights their ability to write amazing pop-influenced punk music. Deerhunter, The Clean and Grooms come to mind when describing their sound, but Grass Cannons seem good enough to leave those influences out of the equation.


NORWAY: Birds Sometimes Dance
Storm The Bastille - Circle Robotics
You never know quite what to expect when listening to a song by Storm The Bastille. Their schizophrenic and mildly cacophonic music is unpredictable, strange and full of surprising twists. The only constant is the great energy the band possess. It's fast, energetic, melodic and a bit dark with a sense of impending doom that creeps up close.


PERU: SoTB
Los Zapping - Cine Mudo
Los Zapping began toying with music when they were still in school, but their garage-rock soon won a place in Lima nights and an authentic touch of freshness was about to be born. Their first EP, released in 2007, was considered the best of that year. Teoría De La Televisión y La Radio was released in 2011, an album that reaffirms the strength and talent of this band.


PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Sun Glitters - They Don't Want To Let You Know (Sumsun Remix)
Victor Ferreira aka Sun Glitters, born to Portuguese parents in Luxembourg, has been praised by The Guardian, FADER and Pitchfork. For this reason, his newest release, High EP, which came out on January 30, was highly anticipated. On it, Victor continues his voyage through a dreamy electronic world. This track is a remix of one of the songs on the EP.


ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Methadone Skies - Vs. Evil
Methadone Skies are a bunch of young guys from Timisoara playing the music they themselves like to listen to - psychedelic, progressive, stoner, post-rock, ambient or just noise - most of the time jamming in the studio with excellent results. Keep your ears opened for them as they're about to release their new album, Enter The Void.


RUSSIA: Big Echo
Brodsky - Death Note
Brodsky plays beautifully-orchestrated romantic folk with flowery melodies, youthful vocals and sad eyes that might remind you of Beirut or Jens Lekman. Nowadays, it's truly a blessing to find such an artist in Russia.


SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Craig_FS - Grass Stain (feat. Rachel Tesfaye)
Grass Stain is a musical head-turner - an 8.5-minute electro/house fusion with an outstanding soulful female guest vocal that takes you on a trip of a lifetime labelled bliss-euphoria-bliss. Craig_FS has been been making and uploading songs to Soundcloud for the past year, and the potential is certainly there for him to follow in the mainstream footsteps of compatriot Calvin Harris.


SINGAPORE: I'm Waking Up To...
Obedient Wives Club - Fragments
The first release by 60s indie-pop distributors Happy Teardrop Music is the debut self-titled EP by Obedient Wives Club, and what a hit it's been with all physical copies selling out within a month. The band, cheekily named after a controversial Muslim organisation of the same name, plays a delightful blend of girly noise-pop - or what they helpfully term "Spectorgaze". Fragments indulges its Jesus And Mary Chain obsession with generous doses of saccharine melodies and interstellar fuzz.


SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie
MDS - Insomnia
DJ duo MDS released their first album in July last year, full of remixes of songs from some of the best artists in Seoul's indie scene. In January, they released a digital single with a couple of songs of their own, showing that they're also capable of crafting great pieces of music themselves. Insomnia is a smooth electronica track that lends itself very well as a soundtrack to a walk just about anywhere.


SPAIN: Musikorner
Novedades Carminha - Pesetas
Novedades Carminha are a garage-rock three-piece from Santiago de Compostela, and they're starting to be the talk of the town. Their songs are energy-packed and irreverent, making fun of everyday topics but vindicating them at the same time. Their lyrics hold true punk spirit. Pesetas, taken from their first album Jódete y Baila, released in early 2011, is a true jewel of dirty Spanish rock.


SWEDEN: Swedesplease
Kids - My Sincerest Apologies
Electronic pop duo Kids are shockingly good. Sure there a few cheesy moments in the single My Sincerest Apologies but it gives the song a bit of fun and doesn't take itself too seriously.


SWITZERLAND: 78s
John Caroline - Robine
John Caroline is a young six-piece from Baden who make playful, jittery and dreamy indie rock. Their debut EP is released as a free download on February 18.


TURKEY: WEARTBEAT
The Ringo Jets - Collar
The Ringo Jets, consisting of two guitarists and a drummer, is a rock 'n' roll band inspired by 60s garage music and blues rock. They made a big splash in Istanbul indie circles with their Limited Lunchpack EP, which you can download for free from Bandcamp. After signing with Aisha Records, they're planning to release their debut album by the end of the year.


UNITED STATES: I Guess I'm Floating
That Ghost - Morning Now
Californian lo-fi bedroom artist That Ghost has been making music since before he could drive a car. His sound has grown and changed as much as he has from tween state to young adulthood. OK, he was never a tween but a pure artist whose latest EP Rosalind is a gem. Check out the slow-burning Morning Now, like, right now.


VENEZUELA: Música y Más
Mcklopedia - Guardián
Mcklopedia is a young man who, back in 2001, identified with a genre and took it as his philosophy and way of life. He explicitly shows the reality of the world's great cities, the everyday stories that come to a close in households every night. Superlirical, his debut album, seeks to represent a new concept in urban music, combining soul, reggae, funk and hip hop.