Fascinating Things : Issue 32

Short, sharp and sweet this time around with a handful of excellent new things appearing at the end of the week. Most of these will be featured in podcasts over the next few weeks.

Next Friday sees the release of the debut album from Cambridge alternative rock band Bouquet of Dead Crows , don’t be put off by the name, they are not a doom/death etc metal outfit but instead a very melodic band, with a strong dynamic sound. Available as digital and CD, it can be pre-ordered now.

‘Chip Off The Heart’ is Rah Rah’s second single off their upcoming album ‘Vessels’. Superior pop stuff,

UK Tour dates are:

08.12. London – The Islington
09.12. Liverpool – Studio 2
10.12. Preston – The Ferret

Manchester’s finest agit-pop foursome Ill are back with wacky video and fine single. I was especially struck by the excellent “Slithering Lizards”

A staple in Los Angeles avant-garde culture for years, Anenon is the newest addition to the Friends of Friends roster.  Anenon’s ‘Camembert’ EP is out now and will be followed by a full-length in 2016. ‘Camembert’ sees a collision of free jazz, ambient, hip hop and techno, all tied together with a deft touch and an air of whimsy.

Dave Graney has a second volume of demos from the 1980s and 1990s out called “Once I Loved The Oceans Roar”.  With 17 tracks and over 70 minutes of music this is a real bargain. It’s great to hear the early version of  both solo Graney and Coral Snakes tunes. Especially good is an early version of the fascinating “Dandies Are Never Unbuttoned”. Highly recommended.

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