Wrapping up a very busy February for the Jigsaw label is the second album from 31Ø8, a one-man project from London that plays rock music with keen pop sensibilities. That is, these are basically simple pop songs, but everything - guitars, vocals, synth-bass and electronic drums - is covered in a layer of fuzz, sounding like some hybrid of Loop and mid-period Jesus And Mary Chain, while more modern-ish references include Honeyrider and Jigsaw's own American Culture & Super Paradise. Not an easy record to describe, but very easy to get into.
Funny enough, I know very little about this band; my introduction to them was via a song on the best mixtape I've ever had, so it was listened to a million times. Sadly, that particular song isn't on this album, but what we do have here is their fabulous second album, originally released on the band's own Glutton For Punishment label back in 1988 and lovingly reissued by Firestation Records, in a limited pressing of 200! Take the offbeat, timeless, practically genre-less music of the Monochrome Set, and slather it in the most obscure and witty lyrics this side of Alan Jenkins (Deep Freeze Mice, Chrysanthemums, et al), and you've got a very memorable batch of songs!
You can pick up a copy here (on sale, even)! No full stream for this particular album, I'm afraid, but you can hear a couple songs from it below:
Jumping ahead a few catalog numbers to PZL121, today marks the release of the debut from Secret Meadow, a new band from Jakarta, Indonesia, and it's a good case of being able to judge a book by its cover. Much like the sleeve, the songs contained within are simple and catchy, but are also shrouded in a haze (of ambient synths). Imagine the sound and atmosphere of the Cure or Slowdive, but with melodies that rival anything the Radio Dept. have ever written, and mostly upbeat songs with driving rhythms and vocals that are soft yet confident. And the guitars! Oh, the wonderful, jangly guitars... Yes, this is the start of something really big, and we're glad to be able to introduce you to this delightful band!
Next up in our busy winter release schedule is the new project from Davina Shell (of Thee Ahs) and friends, and truth be told, it's really not too different from her previous band. And that's a good thing, because I LOVED Thee Ahs and their brand of pure and simple indiepop with the sweetest vocals - as much as I loved the Fat Tulips back when Sunday Records reigned supreme. Not to insinuate that these songs are all flowers and butterflies - in fact, they're rather darker in tone. Davina wrote all of the songs, but each track on this EP has a different vocalist (including Davina and Sarah, also from Thee Ahs), but they all have a similarly sweet delivery, so it flows together quite well. An all-around beautiful little collection of songs!
You can pick up your copy here!
Four new releases out on Jigsaw this month - say hello to release number one! It's the second album from Lures, a Seattle trio with a classic surfy rock sound, steeped in reverb and all that, only with songs that sound modern, in a similar style as someone like Chris Cohen and Tele Novella. But in between, they'll go and do a surf instrumental or cover Del Shannon's "Runaway". A nicely varied and rich album and it's on sale now here!
Got in a bunch of great releases in the last week, new and old! A quick glance reveals...
All of these - and more - to be found in our new arrivals section!
Got a nice package in from Shiny Happy Records with some restocks, as well as a new 3" cd from Lousy Pop Group, cassettes from Toy Tambourine and the Sweetest Touch, and just in time for January... a Christmas comp?! Oh, the holiday season may be well behind us, but this has rare and unreleased tracks from Bubblegum Lemonade, Math & Physics Club, Dylan Mondegreen and many more, so be sure to snag one before they're gone!
I've added a bunch of new items and restocks in the last couple days! Please welcome:
And I've still got lots more to upload this weekend, so stick around!
Out today: the newest release from nearr, a one-man recording project led by Eduard Tokuyev from Ukraine. And it's a beautiful example of lo-fi bedroom pop, that combines acoustic and electric guitars with keyboards and drum machines. Take the distant vocals of the Radio Dept., the stark but melodic guitar sound of "Seventeen Seconds"-era Cure and the overall feel of a Famous Boyfriend record, and you'll get an idea of what to expect here. The songs themselves have a theme of loneliness and longing, as is seemingly typical with bedroom pop of this type, but they aren't at all mopey.
You can listen to it and buy a copy here!