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Yawning Gulf is Jack Ryder from Hove, UK. His self titled debut album Yawning Gulf‘ is a 15 track instrumental album recorded and mixed from a home studio, it is a 100 copy release, each CD case hand-finished.

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The music is refreshingly different to a lot of what is swirling into the music abyss at the moment. While an ocean of chillwave influenced scenesters are doing their best to live up to what the likes of Toro y Moi and co. have created Yawning Gulf has been working away creating a very unique musical journey of his own.

From simple guitar melodies that carry the stylings of a positive Elliott Smith through Japanese Forests to layer rich beach music that is a carried by a Pet Sounds influence. I really dig the subtle motifs that you hear left behind as the sounds fade out. A totally diverse album that feels as though it is almost autobiographical.

”A beautiful album of home-made instrumental ditties put together by Brighton producer/musician Jack Ryder. Using found sounds alongside ‘real’ instruments including piano & guitar, these are all relatively short pieces that bring to mind the heart-warming work of artists such as Tape or early Mum along with the playfulness of Hauschka. Much like the photo of a sun-kissed ranch in the middle of rolling hills & trees on the inside sleeve (taken by Ryder himself incidentally), these songs transport you somewhere well away from the hustle & bustle of the city to somewhere altogether more lovely. If you enjoy the sound experiments of any of the aforementioned, this is most definitely for you. Very highly recommended. Local” – Resident Records, Brighton.

You can buy the album HERE

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In celebration of the release of Coma Cinema‘s album “Stoned Alone” [1st June] they have an amazing video for their track “Only“.

The record is released on cassette and as a digital download for $5 it’s a steal. Click the album art to buy it.

Coma Cinema – Only

So we went to see Neon Indian live at Camp Basement in London and it was excellent. Nice to see a full band recreating the songs live (and very well) rather than some laptop twiddling. They played an excellent show and then to top it off, for the encore, they played Alan’s other stuff under the name of VEGA (myspace) which I can’t stop listening to at the moment, especially when its nice weather.

And in other news of the Neon Indian variety. There is a new video for Sleep Paralysist.

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Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking…

Reminds me of some Animal Collective shouty vocals with this awesome chuggy guitar and drums section in there.

The video for Here We Go Magic‘s – ‘Collector‘ off the new album ‘Pigeons‘, directed by Nat Livingston Johnson and shot on the JVC Videomovie camera from 1984.

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This guy Jordan Bee did something similar with an old video-camera to film one of Toro y Moi’s early shows around 6 months ago. Check it out.


If you’ve listened to what’s been said about musicians such as Toro y Moi, Washed Out and so on… you’ll most likely have heard them being referred to as something along the lines of “SXSW hype soon to be forgotten”.

If it didn’t show his depth and creativity enough being featured in the esteemed magazine ‘The Wire‘ this month just see for yourself what this guy can do in a couple of hours at San Francisco’s Different Fur Studios. [Filmed by Yours Truly]

We received another beautifully shot video from the guys at Extraneous Noise. This time of Neon Indian at Great Scott in Allston, MA playing the track ‘Should have taken acid with you’ as I’m sure you all know it’s off the debut LP Psychic Chasms.

Neon Indian know how to do it live; electronic music brought to life through analogue synths, live instrumentation, a full band and awesome sweatshirts (plus I didn’t see a laptop!)

Check out the rest of Extraneous Noise‘s video catalogue here for more brilliant bands playing in the Boston area.

Side note: If you’re in Boston and want a decent Guinness and to watch Arsenal go to Emmet’s, it was winner!

The South Carolina collective have updated their website with the artwork to their full-length album titled ‘Stoned Alone‘:

The release date is still [TBA] but I will keep you informed as to when are where you can pick it up, as far as I’m aware it will be a vinyl release [yes!].

For the mean time check out five exclusive tracks off their up coming release on their Myspace, they are titled ‘Lindsey‘, ‘Black Birthday Cake‘, ‘In Lieu of Flowers‘, ‘Caroline‘ and ‘Stupid Blood‘. If you only have time to listen to one, I recommend ‘Stupid Blood‘.

If you haven’t seen it yet here’s the ‘Flower pills‘ video. Every time I watch it I end up watching the whole thing, that means it’s fucking awesome.

Don’t be the last to hear it first!

In anticipation and promotion of their upcoming album ‘Swim‘ set for release on the 20th April in North America [Merge] and (as always it is released a day earlier everywhere else) 19th April [City Slang] Caribou have released the track ‘Odessa‘ for free download; getting you hooked with the first hit for free, just like crack.

The track also has a beautiful music video created by Video Marsh. They work so well together they seem as if they were made in synchronisation with one and other.

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A pal of mine just showed me these guys, they’re called PS I Love You and they are awesome.

Directed by Colin Medley

They are Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson from Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Their 7″ includes the above track titled “Facelove” and a second track “Subtle and Majestic”

DOWNLOAD 7″ HERE


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