Violens - TRUE
Violens, very simply put, practice a poppier lighter variation of the shoegaze/dream pop hybrid. The guitars here are not loud or altered (for lack of a better word the guitars shine) and the vocals bring to mind 60’s AM radio pop. Violen’s real talent is their melodies which are immediately memorable and complimented by the relatively short length of these songs.
Soap and Skin – NARROW
21 year old Austrian wunderkind Anja Plaschg who records under the name Soap and Skin’s second album (an EP really) extends her sonic palette with additional instrumentation and in doing so gives this music a more organic feel than her debut. There is life here, some emotion, not just lockstep military type sturm and drang and on “Cradelsong” she gives voice to her inner humanity.
The Straylings – ENTERTAINMENT ON FOREIGN GROUNDS
The English man/women duo The Straylings sound like a cross between late period X, Richard and Linda Thompson, and The Smiths. These songs are fiery in places, also haunting- A good debut The whole album can be listened to here.