Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday Afternoon Streams: Melody's Echo Chamber 7" + a new Raveonettes song

There have been more than a few occasions when I've checked out a band based solely on their name. To be honest, it's a hit or miss affair. There are times when this has led me to some amazing discoveries as was the case with A Place To Bury Strangers or with I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness. But then there have been total letdowns such as The Phenomenal Handclap Band -- aside from not being phenomenal, they were sorely lacking in actual handclaps. Luckily, Melody's Echo Chamber falls under the "good discovery" category. Just as their name suggests, the mysterious French project produces hazy, dreamy, psych pop that's as hypnotic as it is catchy. Their debut 7" is due out on July 31st on Fat Possum and it includes a cover of lead track, "Endless Shore" as done by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Take a listen below.

And speaking of cool bands with cool names, Denmark's The Raveonettes have made a career out of exploring different shades of noise-pop going from the feedback-drenched shoegaze of "Aly, Walk With Me" to the glistening "Last Dance." Their sixth album, Observator is due out this fall and going by "She Owns The Streets," even at attempt at jangly indie pop ends up getting covered in equal amounts of fuzz and darkness.

Have a listen and become immersed. A new mixtape to come soon.

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