New Music Recommendations

by Philip Moss

Dungen And Woods – Turn Around

After touring America together in 2008, Stockholm psychedelic instrumentalists, Dungen, and Brooklyn indie pioneers, Woods, became pretty good friends. So much so that they hooked up again when Dungen headlined the Woodsist Festival in Big Sur, CA (curated by Woods’ Jeremy Earl).

And, as if that wasn’t enough, they’ve now collaborated to record a new album – Myths003 – with the first taster from the record coming in the form of Turn Around.

Myths003 will be released on 30th March through Mexican Summer.

Chvrches – Get Out

2015 was a massive year for Chvrches, and it looks very much like 2018 could be going to go the same way.

Having hooked up with Grammy Award winning Producer of the Year, Greg Kurstin (Beck, Adele, Liam Gallagher), this week they shared the first preview from their new, currently untitled third record.

“The opening synth riff of Get Out was the first thing to emerge on our first day in the studio with him,” the band said in a statement. “Working with Greg was so different to what we’d done before, but it also felt so comfortable and like he’d been in our band forever.” “He doesn’t try to make you write a certain kind of song. He just listens and then Jedi puppet masters the best work out of you.

Django Django (ft. Self Esteem) – Surface To Air

Following the release of their new album, Marble Skies, last week, Django Django have now shared their new single, Surface To Air, featuring Self Esteem aka Rebecca Taylor.

‘The song is about two people trying to suss where they are with each other and figuring what the future holds for them both. I always imagined them sitting in a car at the top of a hill at dusk with a large expansive sky in front of them. I love that the video has a dusty, twilight quality near the end, which is how I saw in my head originally,’ said frontman Vincent Neff.

Marble Skies is out now on Because Music, and Django Django will tour the UK in its support through late February and early March.

Hookworms – Each Time We Pass

After a difficult four year break in which their North American tour was cancelled due to visa issues, and the flooding of singer/producer MJ Johnson’s home studio when the River Aire burst its banks, Hookworms this week released the third teaser single – Each Time We Pass – from their new album, Microshift.

Having recently made the decision to give up their jobs in order to pursue the band full time, the Leeds based band have also clearly made a conscious decision to hone their psychedelic, drone rock sound into something more synth pop orientated, making Microshift (the band’s third record) one of the most hotly anticipated releases this year.

Microshift is out today on hand numbered orange vinyl (limited press of 500), standard LP and CD through Domino Records.