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Interview: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

borisyeltsinSomeone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returned recently with the rather wonderful new album Fly By Wire. Without giving too much away, if you found a bookmaker offering odds on that being our album of the year and you put a few quid on it….well, let’s just say you’d be doing well with the whole transaction. Yes, it’s an absolute corker, full of delights that softly sneak up on your heart and then steal it. The hushed vocals recall The Pains of Being Pure at Heart while the oddly affecting melodies twinkle like the Cure at their heartfelt poppiest. We caught up with the band to ask about the album and what’s in store for them next:

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Dot Dash Interview

The new album is out nowUS powerpop masters Dot Dash are back with their new album Half-Remembered Dream this month. For those of us who like ringing guitar lines spiralling up into clouds of classic melody, they’re a corkingly great band to stick on the stereo. We caught up with them to ask how things were going as the album hit the shops.

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New to you – Poor Things

483396_633233053357665_838308126_nNostalgia is a bastard. Things were never what they used to be and it’s silly to keep harping back to some imagined era when everything was as you want it. There’s a reason for that and it’s because it only exists in your mind.

But 90s guitar bands were better than today’s that’s just a fact. No, it is. Shush.

Let me explain; it wasn’t that every band was great, or that every modern one is rubbish. Indeed, thanks to the wonders of Spotify you can find some wonderful music you probably wouldn’t have access to. But in the 90s, weird stuff was mainstream. Teenage Fanclub, Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. had hits. Actual, chart hits. They were on Top of the Pops. There was a Top of the Pops. Radio One was actually, genuinely, really good. Sigh….

So things have changed, and Perth 3-piece Poor Things may never get to hang out in the Met Bar, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are really, really good. Charmingly angular pop which will resonate with anyone who has ever drank a pint of cider – with no fucking ice – in a grotty mosh pit wearing a Nirvana t-shirt. They have a new EP out on June 10 called Hurricane Poor ThingsGive it a whirl.

New to You – Humphrey Milles

It’s cold at this time of year, but people are generally warmer. Holidays coming up, one year ending and the next beginning, there’s something in the air and it’s good. Well, so long as you aren’t one of these curmudgeons who willfully hate Christmas just because, of course. But if you are looking forward to the next six weeks as the traditional end-of-year blow-out, then then you’ll know what I mean.  And you’ll need a soundtrack. Well how about Humphrey Milles‘ new single  “Not Enough”? It’s soft and dreamy, like a hot latte after a day trudging round the shops. The single is out on December 3rd.

Interview – Dot Dash

On their 2011 debut Spark>Flame>Ember>Ash, Washington DC’s Dot Dash proved post-punk needn’t be all about icy angularity, bringing dynamism and a warm, almost pop sensibility to the forefront. They return with Winter Garden Light, a thrilling album that builds on the strengths of their opener while showcasing a band confidently developing new modes of attack. We caught up with them to chat about the new release:

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mp3free – Jo Mango

Jo Mango was labelled ‘immensely charming’ by The Times, and they weren’t talking about her as a dinner party guest. No, the mighty organ fell in love with her folksy, Bjork-like alt.pop and achingly honest lyrics. She makes sparkly, gliding music that seems ordained to make the listener swoon. Murmuration is set for release on 5th November 2012 via Olive Grove Records. This wonderfully wistful album draws upon her adventures whilst travelling the world as a member of Vashti Bunyan’s band and her experiences over the last few years completing a Doctorate in Musicology plus her collaborations with David Byrne (Carnegie Hall, NY 2007), Devendra BanhartCoco RosieTeenage Fanclub (Baby Lee, 2011), and Admiral Fallow (Beetle in the Box, 2012) amongst others.

You have to admit, she sounds more interesting than the Courteeners. Check her out.

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Weekly what’s new – Monkeybird

If there’s one thing you can rely on, it’s that Scandinavians don’t mess about when it comes to melody. From the lightest pop to the darkest metal, we’ve seen a plethora of great artists emerge from there over the last few decades. The latest may very well be Monkeybird, which is a terrible name, but the music is great and that’s more important.

Drawing from a wide range of influences, including songwriting greats such as Neil Young, Sparklehorse and Fleetwood Mac – get fucking in –   Monkeybird serves up a very pleasant blend of pop, rock, blues, psychedelic rock and jangly lo-fi pop, with a sprinkling of country and folk thrown in for good measure. Which is as it should be.

So here’s their track ‘Born to Roam’. Let us know what you think!