Category Archives: Degrees
I’ve mentioned the Degrees and their forthcoming output just recently (re-read here), and now there’s a video for yet another new song which in my opinion is their strongest piece so far… in fact I think it’s the best song they’ve ever released! Idiot Dreaming is an 8-minute-monster that just oozes of guitars and fast-forward synth-walls, and it keeps a powerful pace until the bitter end… simply fantastic! Enough of the talk now, hear for yourselves:
I’m back for the moment, as is Swedish shoegaze band Degrees. Some new songs have popped up on Soundcloud, and they sound pretty amazing. Dream On Dreamy will be the name of their next album, to be released on May 24th. Bring it on, I say!!!
Degrees – At Least Rock & Roll Won’t Leave A Hole In My Back
Degrees – Dream On Dreamy
Degrees – Home (MP3)
Visit Degrees’ Bandcamp for more downloads!
Here’s some free Viola stuff I’ve missed the last few months…
March: Suddenness (MP3)
April: Elämän Iskelmä (MP3)
May: Break The News Gently (MP3)
Currently on heavy rotation on my CD-player/MP3-player/computer/Android:
– Blackfield‘s new album Welcome To My DNA… recommended!
– Elbow‘s Build A Rocket Boys!… don’t think I have to tell you about this one!
– The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart… see above
– the latest from Thirteen Senses, Crystal Sounds. Really one of the best 2011 releases for me so far!
– just started with Guillemots new one, Walk The River, but it’s already gaining a lot of attention. This one especially caught my ear:
And this one gives me goosebumps… what a voice!!!
It’s bright and shiny outside, but Viola nonetheless sing about Puppies In The Rain (MP3).
A Swedish double: Degrees tell us about Punchdrunk Sweethearts (MP3) in their latest free offering, while Stars In Coma wants us to stay In Your Prison (MP3).
One of my favourite songs at the moment comes from Wild Nothing. Get Golden Haze here.
Over two years ago (see here), I’ve written about Swedish band Garmisch on this blog. Their song Glimmer is still popping up in my playlist regularly, and now, after various EPs, Garmisch have finally released their self-titled debut album. It has been put out under Creative Commons License which means that you can get the whole album for free. Nice one! Check BlocSonic for various formats including booklets and covers.
Garmisch – Glimmer (MP3)
Yes, it’s another of these weeks where nothing goes as planned. I’m not going to switch to bitching mode though, but instead give you a quick overlook on what has been going on here:
Degrees have a new song, and I’m proud to share it with you. And yes, it is great!
Degrees – Can’t Walk Through This Alone (MP3)
Been listening a lot to the new Kent album Röd, and even if they may have turned from indie-rock to indie-disco once again, I must admit that I really like the album. They definitely haven’t lost the ability to write catchy melodies and gripping hooks; and once again, blog-buddy Morten hits the nail on the head with his review.
Oh, and while you’re at Morten‘s anyway, check out the news on solo-turned-trio-turned-duo-project Champagne Riot.
I’ve written about Eardrums‘ Handshake project on my old blog (fortunately, this one post has already been reloaded… check here), and from the looks of it, it seems to be shaping up nicely. The deadline for participation is now set to December 31st, so if you’re an artist, painter, poet, photographer or want to be part of this great project in any other way, I suggest that you hurry up and get in contact with Eardrums Music!
Carpark North has taken part in a remix project and offering the result as a free download. It’s a bombastic and orchestral version of The One. Which one? This one:
Carpark North – The One (MP3)
Still got some mailbox and MySpace-stuff left… hope to find some time to post a bit of it this week!
Another month, another free song: Viola has released their fifth song in the music-club-series. Get Oh How You Dance below, and if you’re missing the rest, you can still download them from here.
Viola – Oh How You Dance (MP3)
Danish duo The Raveonettes have released a first taster from their forthcoming album In And Out Of Love; estimated release is October. So far, I like it! 🙂
The Raveonettes – Suicide (MP3)
I’ve also found a new (or freshly uploaded…) song from Sweden’s Degrees. Here’s some Heat, and if you do a search on this very blog, you’ll find a couple of more great songs from this talented lads!
Degrees – The Heat (MP3)
US Electro-Indie-artist Deastro offers a complete EP for free via his blog. Get Orange Swimmer Red Summer directly from here, and visit his MySpace.
Deastro – Orange Swimmer (MP3)
Just watched the season finale of Scrubs, and what a fine ending it was. I definitely will miss this series. The most beautiful scene was at the ending; I thought I knew most songs from Peter Gabriel, but I’ve heard this beauty for the first time:
In my defence: the song was originally written for Shall We Dance?, a movie with Jennifer Lopez in it… so no wonder I missed it! But it came to me tonight at last, and that’s good!
Another song that I currently can’t get enough from is Collapse/Collide from Archive‘s new album, Controlling Crowds. The slow build-up to the climax is just magnificient, and when the song hits it at about 5:35, I get chills all over! You’ll read about Controlling Crowds soon on this blog, but for now, enjoy this:
Schallgrenzen-Peter as well as Mars-Merz recently recommended Scarlet Youth, a German-Finnish shoegaze band who has just released a wonderful EP. And with the two above videos, I’ve probably brought you in the right melancholic mood to fully enjoy these atmospheric sounds. Visit both blogs for streams and downloads.
This Belgian guy here is making big waves in Europe with his cover of 50 Cent’s Ayo Technology. And I have to admit that Milow has done something really cool with the song (even more so after I’ve listened to the crappy original by Fiffy…). But here’s another one which I like even better; for Ayo Technology, visit Milow’s MySpace.
Milow – You Don’t Know (MP3)
Uhh… another new demo by those fabulous Swedes Degrees. And again, this is perfectly pure pop pleasure. Really… if you still haven’t checked them out it’s definitely time to do it now! You can still download their B-Sides for free here or on Last.FM.
Degrees – Act Strong And Bring It On (MP3)
Bit tired today, as I got up at 2am this night to watch the Oscars (congratulations Slumdog Millionaire!). So here’s just some collected stuff from MySpace:
More Degrees: a new version of Baby Oh Baby is available now, and it’s something you shouldn’t miss!
Degrees – Baby Oh Baby (MP3)
Glaswegians Oswald have 14 new songs up their sleeves, and a bunch of them are up on their new website for streaming.
Canadians Pilote Speed (formerly known as Pilate) are about to release their next album in April. It will be called Wooden Bones, and the first single Put The Phone Down is now ready for streaming on MySpace. Find the complete tracklist here.
Jonas Jonsson, better known as Bedroom Eyes, is also in the middle of recording his debut-album. No release date yet, but it shouldn’t take too long before this baby sees the light of day. Looking forward to a collection of perfectly crafted Swedish indie-pop!
Bedroom Eyes – The Skywriter (MP3)
Bedroom Eyes – Norwegian Pop (MP3)
Delays are back in the studio working on the successor for Everything’s The Rush. First two demos, Rhapsody and Unsung, are streaming now on MySpace. Full blog on the works in progress here.
And we will see (and hear!) a new album from the Manic Street Preachers as well this year (somewhen in May, to be precise). Nicky Wire has scribbled a bit about it on the band’s official homepage. Bring it on!