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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Discoverer 75: new indie findings

The first Sunday of November arrives with three great new indie proposals, enjoy !

Minor Alps. A new collaborative project with an undeniable indie rock pedigree. Bostonian Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies, The Juliana Hatfield Three, Some Girls, and solo) and Newyorker Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws met in early 90s at a Nada Surf show). They forged a friendship that has been flirting with the idea of working together (aside some contributing vocals on each other's songs) until the timing fitted this year, and the result is "Get There", out since past week. A couple of stunning rockier numbers recalling their solid individual careers along with moody and experimental tracks on a mature, intense, rich and inviting record where lead vocals, writing credit and emotional weight are equally shared. 

Post Modern Team. Found thanks to the unmissable reference that is Indie Pop Saved My Life, I believe this is the first time we feature a band from Osaka, Japan, on this series. With little info available out there, all we know is that the group was formed in 2012, and they have released two EPs, "Never Let You Down", and "By the Sea", including some covers of The Go-Betweens, My Bloody Valentine and The Smiths last year, before Ano(t)raks compiled their tunes on a self-titled debut album, out right now. Extremely catchy and urgent music, between jangle and dream pop, a delicious, stirring discovery from the land of the rising sun.
Shady Elders. Back to the US with this Denver quartet. Although initially a duo in 2011, soon they became a full band that is also something of a local supergroup with members of former groups like Spires, Tulip Wars and Don'ts and Be Carefuls. Their only release to date arrived in April of 2013 with "No Favors" EP (name your price at their bandcamp), five tunes where everything fits: dream pop, shoegaze, vintage doo-wop, some darker vibes, crisply guitars and the sounding vocals of Britt Rodemich. What a surprising, peculiar, exciting band.

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