Fickle Friends – Swim


New single “Swim” from Brighton five-piece Fickle Friends drips with nostalgia. They aren’t exactly hiding their influences as they list the genre as 80s new wave, but familiar doesn’t mean derivative. Built around a funky guitar riff, a thumping backbeat with handclaps and a doctor’s dose of cowbell, the track seems intent on making listeners yearn for the summer months. With its soulful harmonies and R&B inclination, “Swim” can keep us warm until the pools actually open up. Check it out below.

STREAM: Fickle Friends – “Swim”

White Lies – There Goes Our Love Again


My first reaction to this song: “Oh, another band trying to revive the corpse of 80s British new wave.” A minute later: “This is actually pretty good.” By the end: shivers.

White Lies are a London post-punk outfit who have topped UK charts and snagged various industry honorifics (BBC’s Sound of 2009 finalist, BRITs Critics’ Choice Award) for years without managing lasting crossover success. That may be about to change. “There Goes Our Love Again” is a monumental synth rock anthem, at once somber and energetic, that sounds like the radio-ready lovechild of Echo and the Bunnymen and The Killers. Macabre synths hover over frenetic basslines, thick torrents of distorted guitar and crashing drums in a weird and wonderful wall of sound that will suck you into its epic emotional vortex. The wow moment comes on the chorus, when Harry McVeigh’s piercing, full-throated vocals dissolve into a thick ghostly mist of delay and reverb.

“There Goes Our Love Again” is the lead single off White Lies’ upcoming third album, Big TV, out August 12th on Fiction Records (home to The Cure, Ian Brown and Crystal Castles).

STREAM: White Lies – “There Goes Our Love Again”

Hints – Vol. III


Not long ago we were championing the heart-on-sleeve, indie pop revivalism of Brooklyn’s Hints. Well the dudes are back with the third volume of their two-track EP series, appropriately titled Vol. III. If you were a fan of their Smiths-esque stylings on Vol. II, you’re still going to dig them now. Give new tracks “Endless Well” and “Forced To Ask” a listen below. And if you’re in NYC, make sure to check Hints out next Tuesday, June 11th at Knitting Factory opening for PEACE and Team Spirit (tickets). More info after the jump.

STREAM: Hints - Vol. III


Selebrities – Temporary Touch


Brooklyn quartet Selebrities make breezy, ethereal tracks lying somewhere near the intersection of dreampop and new wave. “Temporary Touch,” the lead single off their forthcoming sophomore LP Lovely Things, is a brisk pop paean with washy chorus-drenched rhythm guitars, crisp synthetic drums and a lead riff that evokes the magical Flock of Seagulls gem “Space Age Love Song.” Lovers of the John Hughes aesthetic and 80s sound palettes will instantly fall for this gorgeous, romantical track from a band that counts “the mystic haze before the TriStar Horse appears” among its key influences.

Selebrities Lovely Things is due out June 25th on Cascine.

STREAM: Selebrities – “Temporary Touch”

Blondie – Heart Of Glass (Oliver & Thee Mike B Remix)


In celebration of reaching 10,000 followers on Twitter, electro heavyweights Oliver have teamed up with like-minded producer Thee Mike B to remix Blondie’s new wave classic “Heart Of Glass” into a retro modern dance number. Grab a free download of the track below.

Oliver’s Mechanical EP is out now on Fool’s Gold.

MP3: Blondie – “Heart Of Glass (Oliver & Thee Mike B Remix)”

Austra – Home

Katie Stelmanis, co-founder and lead singer of Toronto outfit Austra, doesn’t think it’s possible for her to “write in a major key,” but she certainly brings major drama in the band’s new video for “Home.” Striking a balance between classical and electronic, the piano driven single expresses anxiety of waiting at night for a lover to return. The video features a melancholy Stelmanis staring at the camera as a whir of backstage activity goes on around her. Her apparent loneliness corresponds fittingly to the lyrics and makes for a captivating video. Who knew loneliness could be so catchy?

“Home” is off Austra’s sophomore album Olympiaavailable June 17th via Domino Records.

STREAM: Austra – “Home”

Milano Sun – Scandinavia

Milano Sun shed their summer skin on their latest track “Scandinavia.” The Swedish trio are no stranger to new wave, having dashed a sprinkle of it onto last year’s balearic anthem “Vertigo.” They seriously upped the dosage this time around, however, toning down the sun-drenched instrumentals in favor of retro synths and reverb-heavy vocals. That’s not to say the old Milano Sun is gone, though; “Scandinavia” still packs some explosive pop power in its chorus. The band has paired the track with a mysterious monochrome video, which you can watch above.

“Scandinavia” appears on Milano Sun’s six-track EP of the same name, which also includes earlier singles “Vertigo” and “Already Gone.” Stream it below.

STREAM: Milano Sun - Scandinavia EP

Wild Nothing – A Dancing Shell

Over the past few years, Wild Nothing‘s name has become synonymous with dream pop. If you’re familiar with the magic of Jack Tatum then you know that’s for good reason. Though it hasn’t even been a year since the band’s sophomore LP, Nocturne, Tatum is already cranking out fresh material from his upcoming EP, Empty Estate, that’s guaranteed to keep fans captivated.

Empty Estate’s first single, “A Dancing Shell”, is the perfect teaser to the seven-track release. The track blends gleaming synths and deep basslines over a luminous, upbeat atmosphere that’s easily reminiscent of The Psychedelic Furs or The Talking Heads. The band whipped up some 80s throwback visuals for the track, which you can watch above.

Wild Nothing’s Empty Estate EP comes out May 14th via Captured Tracks.

STREAM: Wild Nothing – “A Dancing Shell”

Hints – Vol. II


Morrissey made it clear this week that he was — and is still – not the biggest fan of the late Margaret Thatcher. Whether you agree with the political leanings of the outspoken singer or not, we couldn’t care less. But what better excuse is there to reminisce on The Smiths and the rest of their heart-on-sleeve, new wave compatriots? And what better way is there to do that than with Hints?

Hailing from the indie mecca of Brooklyn, Hints sounds like the Smiths’ well-produced grandson. That’s not to take away from the band; while they clearly draw their inspiration from the past, they succeed where countless numbers of imitators have failed. They have their sound nailed down, they’re plenty catchy, and most of all, they’re fun. Stream Vol. II, their second collection of singles, below, and make sure to check out the rest of their work over on their Soundcloud.

STREAM: Hints - Vol. II

Fainting by Numbers – A Stone In The Ground

“A Stone In The Ground” is the first track we’ve heard from Fainting by Numbers, a new collaborative outfit featuring Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and German minimal producer Justus Köhncke (of Kompakt fame). It’s a simple but riveting slice of introspective electropop, with heartfelt vocals and a puffy-sleeved 80s slowdance vibe that evokes well-coiffed acts like OMD and When In Rome. The track features creaking synth sounds teetering on the brink of detuned eeriness — a Hot Chip trademark — but remains thoroughly melodic and accessible.

Moshi Moshi will release Fainting By Numbers’ “A Stone In The Ground” on April 15 as an AA-side along with a cover of John Lennon’s “Watching The Wheels.”

STREAM: Fainting by Numbers – “A Stone In The Ground”