Die TV - Side A

Fun DIY punk shit by some dude based in Marmo­ra, New Jer­sey, os­cil­lat­ing be­tween the poles of elec­tri­cal­ly dri­ven garage- /​synth punk and bizarro post punk with some quirky, over-the top goth stylings. Think of a mix be­tween S.B.F., Set-Top Box, Stal­ins of Sound or ear­ly Kid Chrome… fans of The Spits or Iso­tope Soap shouldn't miss out on this as well.

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Cotton Crown - Wretched Lie

Pow­er pop afic­i­na­dos might al­ready be fa­mil­iar with Owen Williams as the singer of The Tubs, who stood out ear­li­er this year with their ex­cel­lent Names 7". Cot­ton Crown is the name of his so­lo record­ing project whose de­but cass­in­gle in­hab­its much of the same awe­some­ness but en­rich­es its two old­school pop tunes with more of a goth and new wave aes­thet­ic adding just the right amount of low-lev­el cheesy­ness to el­e­vate, rather than wa­ter down the ma­te­r­i­al.

Shit Giver - Meaningless /​ Transition

Shit Giver's 2017 de­but al­bum left quite an im­pres­sion on me with its am­bi­tious and ver­sa­tile vi­sion of post punk, burst­ing with ex­cen­tric ideas and un­pre­dictable song struc­tures. The L.A. group's first new mu­sic in al­most three years doesn't fail to amaze and sur­prise once again. It's their melod­ic song­writ­ing abil­i­ties that come in­to sharp fo­cus here, tak­ing shape as an ir­re­sistible mix of post punk, pow­er- and goth pop, de­vel­op­ing a catchy­ness i wasn't pre­pared for. Mean­ing­less ig­nites some un­ex­pect­ed­ly straight­for­ward pop fire­works, com­plete with a bor­der­line-cheesy sax so­lo, the kind of which a less­er song wouldn't sur­vive, but in this case i can't help but per­cieve it as a well-de­served cli­max. Tran­si­tion seam­less­ly con­tin­ues their new­found love for gloomy pop, but al­so proves that Shit Giv­er haven't lost their taste for elab­o­rate struc­tures, ei­ther.

Plataforma - La Equitativa

Once again Barcelona's scene is killing it! Platafor­ma man­age to do just that thanks to a beau­ti­ful­ly rough, DIY-as-fuck sound in the realm of dark-/post punk with a healthy dose of goth/​death rock doom & gloom. Cri­sis come to mind as well as the ear­ly 2010's Kopen­hagen scene - think Low­er and ear­ly Iceage - and some more re­cent stuff like britain's Dis­joy.

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