New Noise: City Calm Down, Angel Eyes, Gilded, The Anthony Rochesters
Curl up with a quartet of soft, ear-warming gems in this week's Soundcloud roundup of new music.
– The John Hughes vibe is strong with this one. It’s easy to imagine Molly Ringwald sulking to the strains of ‘Pleasure and Consequence’, the opening track from City Calm Down’s upcoming EP. Newly signed to the prolific I Oh You label (DZ Deathrays, Bleeding Knees Club, Violent Soho) and presumably named after an Architecture in Helsinki song, the Melbourne quartet take synth-pop to especially widescreen places. This particular song gets busier and more frayed as it goes – all without disturbing the spell of Jack Bourke’s overcast vocals in the least – but still with a whole lot of Vaseline smeared on the lens. The EP comes out Nov. 2.
– Melbourne’s Andrew Cowie has played many choice support slots as Angel Eyes, and now his recorded output is starting to catch up to his gigging. After tapes on Not Not Fun and Moon Glyph, his third LP Final Fare is due later in the year on Bedroom Suck. The below ‘B/M/E’ is a freestanding track, for now, and an immersive example of what Cowie can do. It’s a nine-minute instrumental dwelling snugly between textured ambience and yesteryear soft-rock. Quietly glorious.
– Blissfully summoning thoughts of Yo La Tengo’s incidental music for Hal Hartley’s early films, Gilded’s ‘Cluttered Room’ is the first single from the Western Australia duo’s forthcoming first album Terrane. Gilded is the work of Matt Rösner – who’s released music on many different labels with a focus on guitar and field recordings – and Adam Trainer, a founding member of Perth post-rock outfit Radarmaker and part of Polaroid Ghost and the Ghost of 29 Megacycles as well as a solo artist. From the presser: “Buoyant and sun-dappled, ‘Cluttered Room’ takes a handful of gleaming musical elements – ride cymbal, banjo, bass, melodica, acoustic guitar – and builds them into a wonderfully considered and thoroughly melodic structure.” The album is out Oct. 8 on Hidden Shoal.
– Move over, Melbourne: Hobart’s got The Anthony Rochesters. As tipped off by a comment on our jangle survey, we’re really appreciating the sighing pop warmth of Anthony Rochester and his eponymous quartet – a notable step forward from his previous solo work. ‘Across the Waves’ is the opener of a new six-song self-titled record, recorded mainly in an old church hall in Hobart’s Battery Point. From the bio: “Finding other humans to form a live band, the goal was for a more organic sound, but that didn't stop Anthony from adding layers of sounds and applying his signature production style.” Judging from this, said style is spacious and pillowy in all the right ways.