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Premiere: The Telescopes - "Until the End"

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The Telescopes are a shoegaze and noise rock outfit hailing from England who have been at it since the late ‘80s. Since forming, they’ve dabbled in a myriad of other sounds ranging from the downtempo of their third album to the Metal Machine Music-esque feedback barrages of Infinite Suns.

On February 1, the band will release its 10th studio album, Exploding Head Syndrome, via Tapete Records. This new album comes on the heels of 2017’s Stone Tape and As Light Return, two of The Telescopes’ droniest efforts to date. Exploding Head Syndrome is, in contrast, a much more song-oriented work and was created almost entirely by frontman Stephen Lawrie on his own. The one exception being the track we’re premiering today, which has a co-writing credit going to fellow guitarist/vocalist Chris Plavidal.

“Until the End” forecasts something much easier-going than the outfit’s first two entries in the Tapete catalog. This track in particular even has a hypnagogic quality to it, in the same vein as John Maus’ take on pop. The quite AESTHETIC visuals courtesy of Little Lens Video further suggest that potential reference point, though admittedly Lawrie tends to bury his voice much deeper into the mix than Maus does. And most importantly, the instrumental palette here remains rooted in The Telescopes’ brand of shoegaze.

The seven remaining tracks on Exploding Head Syndrome have a bit more bite to them, but if you’ve been wanting to hear The Telescopes mellow out a bit or if you’re simply big on dream pop, do give this song and video a shot. Hope you dig it!

Premiere: Hunters Chorus - "Wish"

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Hunters Chorus is a solo endeavor by composer and multi-instrumentalist Ramon Fermin, who also happens to be the lead guitarist of Sun Kil Moon for this current album cycle. Fittingly, Hunters Chorus' debut album Old Growler, a tribute to Ramon's late dog Jasmine, is dropping next month via Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde Records. The instrumental album finds Ramon on guitar and bass, his friend Haig Shirinian on drums, and Jack Shirley (best known for his work on Deafheaven's Sunbather) on the boards.

Today we're bringing you the track "Wish," which is one of the album's harder rocking spots. Some pieces on Old Growler, such as the intro and closer, are serene soundscapes of unaccompanied electric and acoustic guitar, whereas a track like "Wish" is very much in the spirit of late-period Red House Painters' heaviest moments. Obviously this song is without Mark's aching baritone, but it occupies that liminal space between classic rock and post-rock that some of Blue Guitar and Old Ramon did... the title of the latter is now a kind of funny coincidence.

Just reading about Old Growler's concept, one might expect something along the lines of the first Silver Mt. Zion album and brace for the waterworks, but "Wish" offers something quite a bit more upbeat. It's a solid piece of instrumental rock, and the anthemic guitar leads and soloing that emerge in its last phase have me looking forward to Ramon's contributions to this November's Sun Kil Moon album. His fingerprints are certainly all over the latest single, "Linda Blair."

Old Growler gets unleashed on October 19 and can be pre-ordered here.


Premiere: All India Radio - "Vega"

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All India Radio is an atmospheric downtempo outfit hailing from down under–shoutout to Melbourne! Frontman Martin Kennedy and his rotating cast of characters have been at it since the late '90s and are dropping (what's by my count) their 13th studio album next week. Titled S P A C E and sporting album art that was originally commissioned for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, it's an album so confident in its hand that it's eager to show it as soon as possible.

We're premiering the project's opening track, "Vega," a grand instrumental that sets the stage quite well. Yes, it's got the vibe of other acts who similarly have their heads in the cosmos, like the aforementioned Pink Floyd and The Flaming Lips at their most ethereal, but also in the mix is a bit of the Lynchian noir of, say, Timber Timbre. Hopefully this mix of sounds does it for you. Listen below and enjoy!

S P A C E begins streaming May 25 via The Big Takeover.

Premiere: Buy Muy Drugs - "Buy My App" ft. Yasiin Bey

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Today TND is happy to premiere a new track from Buy Muy Drugs, a hip hop duo comprised of Detroit rapper/producer Denmark Vessey and producer Azarias. "Buy My App" is a potent expression of Afro-industrial hip hop featuring a verse and refrain from the one and only Yasiin Bey. Buy Muy Drugs has also gotten features from Open Mike Eagle and Vessey's Crown Nation partner, Quelle Chris, which will turn up on the twosome's self-titled debut album. It drops September 15, along with the first of a four-part video series titled MFKZT over on BMD's website.


Premiere: Pure Violence - White Death EP

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A few days ago, the Hardvapour Resistance Front put out the White Death EP by a producer under the alias Pure Violence, and now TND gets to do the honors of premiering the visual component for the release's four tracks. As is the case for most H.V.R.F. artists, Pure Violence's identity is a secret; I've only been told he's a Dream Catalogue heavyweight. At any rate, with a central theme of "cultural pornography," the EP's got the over-the-top imagery and social commentary that we've enjoyed from the label's past material - especially that Wikileaks vs. DNC compilation mentioned in the previous It Came From Bandcamp. You can watch a playlist of the videos above, or if the sounds are aesthetic enough for you, you can just stream the tracks below.

Premiere: Wax Fang - "Pusher"

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Wax Fang is a Louisville band that most recently released a space rock opera titled The Astronaut in 2014. I'm telling you this not only in case you mistook Interstellar for the greatest cosmic odyssey of that year, but also to set the tone for this premiere. "Pusher," the lead single of Wax Fang's upcoming album Victory Laps, finds the outfit up in the stars once again as they deliver a powerful piece of keyboard rock in three parts. Hope you dig it!

The album drops on May 5, and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order it digitally or on limited edition vinyl here.

Premiere: Quelle Chris - "BS Vibes" ft. House Shoes

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Quelle Chris drops more jazzy, left-field vibes from his upcoming album, Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often. This isn't one of his more structured tracks, featuring an endless instrumental loop and low-key verses separated by DJ cuts that reiterate a simple mantra: "Don't stand so close to me." Chris' bars reveal his devotion to the art of lyricism, peppered with clever references to his skill and youth, "I lived by the loose leaf since a kid. Ice cream on the face like Gucci." While it may not seem like much on its own, this track is sure to add to a chill, heady vibe on this forthcoming LP.

Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often drops February 10 via Mello Music Group.

Premiere: H.V.R.F. Sampler #1

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Ostensibly based out of Ukrainian ghost town Pripyat, the H.V.R.F. (Hard Vapour Resistance Front) has already amassed a catalog of 24 releases in just under a month of its formation. It's this high level of productivity that will inevitably lead to the East conquering us shiftless Westerners, so TND is taking the opportunity to get on the good side of the hardvapour regime of our near-future by premiering this sampler containing music from all the H.V.R.F.'s releases to date.

Now, if you don't know what hardvapour is, it's basically vaporwave for people who aren't pussies. But in all seriousness, this is a varied batch of tracks, meshing elements of dark ambient, gabber, and industrial techno music. If you dig those sounds, give this thing a shot.