🗞️ The Lowdown; 𝐴 𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑐𝑘-𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒, 𝑏𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑙𝑙-𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑐𝑘𝑒𝑑, 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙-𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑖𝑛-𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑓𝑎𝑣𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑘 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑎𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑, 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑛-𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑎𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢'𝑑 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑏𝑒ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟!
1️⃣ Snõõper – Super Snõõper
The latest hot shit on Third Man Records (Jack White's coterie), garage-punk project Snõõper releases its debut; a record highly anticipated by those in the know. It’s great too – a real sweaty, short sharp shock of an album. And at just £20 on limited colour vinyl, it’s got value for money all over it, despite its short run time.
📣 Shop Reaction: “𝑃𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑛”, 𝑠𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑁𝑂-𝑂𝑁𝐸! 𝑃𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠? 𝑃𝑒𝑟ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑠. 𝑊𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑚𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑘𝑠 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑎𝑛𝑡. 𝐿𝑢𝑐𝑘𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑤𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑜𝑛 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑎𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑐𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑘 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡. 𝐼𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑐 𝑝𝑢𝑛𝑘 𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐶ℎ𝑎𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑆𝑛𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑠, 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑔𝑖𝑓𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑒:
2️⃣ Being Dead – When Horses Would Run
Probably our favourite new album this week is this from Texas post-punky/indie/alternative trio Being Dead. Chaotic garage rock one minute, stripped-back lo-fi indie the next, it’s such a tricky album to categorise. It’s sort of like Black Lips, Sweeping Promises, Lewsberg, and Best Coast in one, maybe. You need to listen to it because what do we know.
📣 Shop Reaction: 𝑈𝑛𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒’𝑣𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑎 ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑐𝑟𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑦 𝑑𝑖𝑑𝑛’𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑒𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟. 𝐻𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟, 𝑤𝑒’𝑣𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓, “𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠, 𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒?” 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑒 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑝 𝑠𝑜 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑚𝑒 𝑖𝑡’𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟:
3️⃣ Body Of Light – Bitter Reflection
We played this in the shop over the weekend and the most popular “here, this sounds like…” was "Depeche Mode". A particular era of Depeche Mode too, but I can’t recall which. Not the really poppy bit anyway. Someone also said during one track that it was Prefab Sprout playing and swore blind that it were. It isn’t either of them, of course – it’s Arizona electronic faction Body Of Light with their new album ‘Bitter Reflection’; a retro-fit synth-pop beauty!
📣 Shop Reaction: 𝑉𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒. 𝐶𝑜𝑝𝑖𝑒𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑛’𝑡 𝑓𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑜𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑠 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑠𝑜 𝑓𝑎𝑟. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑚𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑡 𝑚𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑏𝑢𝑟𝑛 𝑠𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑡 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑤𝑛:
4️⃣ Dust – Et Cetera, Etc
We had been looking forward to this ever since hearing the single ‘Joy (Guilt)’, a glistening slice of guitar-pop taken straight out of a Rolling Blackouts best-of. Same country, different bit, Dust are from Newcastle, New South Wales and ‘Et Cetera, Etc’ is their debut mini album. It is angular and formidable and honestly worth it for the above-mentioned track alone. Best single of 2023? Very possibly. Fortunately the rest is great too and a massive, massive grower.
📣 Shop Reaction: 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑖 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑟𝑢𝑛-𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑐ℎ 𝑐𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑖𝑡 𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑦𝑒𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑤 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑐𝑘 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑎𝑦, “𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑎-𝑏𝑖𝑡-𝑜𝑓-𝑚𝑒”. 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑎 𝑏𝑖𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑦, 𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑. 𝐺𝑒𝑡 𝑖𝑡 𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡.