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Music by Bergman: Geese

Brooklyn band Geese formed when the five members were in high school, practicing, writing and recording in their basement home studio that they dubbed “The Nest.” The band blend a variety of indie rock and post punk influences for a danceable sound that has room for mathy precision and pop hooks. They made their debut, Projector, between their Junior and Senior year, working on it after school and weekends, all before a 10 PM curfew to avoid noise complaints from neighbors. The band are signed to Partisan / Play it Again Sam, the album was mixed by Dan Carey (Squid, black midi, Fontaines D.C.).

Projector includes recent single “Disco” and the new single is “Low Era” which gives off strong, funky Foals vibes.

Music by Bergman: Squid

A quintet formed in the seaside town of Brighton, Squid is one of London’s many promising post-punk bands. With a manic and raucous drive, they have shared the stage with groups such as Black MIDI and Black Country, New Road. Their sound not only includes traditional rock instrumentation but percussion and horns as well. This may seem out of place in post-punk.

Squid‘s nervy debut blazes through scraps of jazz, funk, krautrock, dub, and punk. More than a canonized style, it’s their level of control that sets them apart.

Introducing…Liily

 If the last couple of years are marked by anything it’s the effervescence around the English post punk revival scene (Black Country New Road, Squid, Black Midi and et al.). It would be regrettable to miss the energetic and versatile Californian quartet Liily, who offers us a particularly irresistible first album. After an early success, notably thanks to their single “Toro“ (2018), the Californians then established their reputation via dizzying live performances.

Introducing…Black Country, New Road

FAV for “post punk”, RT for “art rock”. As Black Country, New Road can’t decide what label best suits their music, asking their ever-increasing legion of fans doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Although, thinking again, the British sextet does well to keep us in a constant state of doubt as to what their next change of direction will be: a torrent of absolutely free sax, meta-pop nods (there are references to Scott Walker and Richard Hell in the lyrics), some words mumbled by a narrator on the verge of madness and seconds of silence that weigh a ton. The only (and exciting) certainty that the band transmits is the same you can find in the blood tests of Squid and Black Midi: right now, the waters of the Thames flow with the same no wave turbulence as the Hudson at the end of the seventies.

Hit of the week: PVA “Divine Intervention”

The London trio PVA brings together musicians Ella Harris, Josh Baxter, and Louis Satchell in service of danceable art-school pop music combining bits of disco, house, synthpop, new wave, dance-punk, et al. Their latest jam, “Divine Intervention,” is arriving via super-producer Dan Carey’s ever-reliable Speedy Wunderground label (which previously brought us Black Midi, Squid, and Black Country, New Road among others) with production by Carey himself. According to label co-runner Pierre Hall, “It reminds me of Patti Smith fronting Factory Floor,” which is pretty spot-on. The wheel is not being reinvented here, but man is it spinning. Listen below.

Divus Julius presents…Black Midi

Black Midi are the enigmatic new London 4-piece that are quickly becoming one of the hottest new underground bands in the country. Taut, frenetic, inventive and with an off-kilter sound that is so completely their own. Black Midi, have shared a brand new track ‘Talking Heads’ to show they’re equal to their new moniker. The new song feeds off the band’s swelling creativity.

Hit of the week: Glows ‘Passing Talk’

After the release of the excellent tracks ‘Perla’ and ‘Foam’ last year, Glows begins his 2019 with the hazy new track ‘Passing Talk’.

Glows is the project of London-based producer GG Skips. The 21-year-old has spent the past few years running the promotions company Slow Dance and putting on early shows by artists such as Sorry, Goat Girl and Black Midi.

New track ‘Passing Talk’ however is a world away from his guitar-based beginnings, a track full of glitchy, meditative electronics.