Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Short Bursts :: Amor de Dias|Terry Malts|+ The Natural Shocks

It just dawned on us that we haven't filed an installment of Short Bursts since we gave the site a bit of a face lift several weeks ago. Although we're still ironing some kinks out, we hope you find that it's an improvement to the previous version we were working with since we launched in 2006. We've had the good fortune to be the target of few things that have instantly grabbed our attention over the past couple of weeks. So now we share.

Amor de Dias is the recently revealed collaboration between Alasdair MacLean from The Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas. Their debut LP, Street of The Love of Days will be issued by Merge Records on May 17th. A product of three years of writing and recording between the U.K. and Spain. The duo called upon some notable friends to provide additional instrumentation and vocals which include Damon & Naomi and Gary Olson from The Ladybug Transistor. Although dual Spanish guitar provides the foundation for Amore de Dias' sound, the album is sparkling blend of chamber pop, bossa nova, and psych folk. Mark your calendars folk this one's a keeper.

Amor de Dias will play Great Scott with Damon & Naomi on May 23rd.

Some labels never seem to disappoint, they manage to strike gold on nearly every release. Alongside the above mentioned Merge Records and the U.K.'s Audio Anti Hero, Slumberland Records continues to find and release records that speak to us with new signings as well as releases from their established roster that features the likes of Crystal Stilts, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and lest we no forget about Black Tambourine . So when we stumbled onto the I'm Neurotic 7" from San Francisco's mysterious bubblegum punks, Terry Malts we were immediately smitten . The three songs on the 7" were featured on the bands self released cassette that's been floating around for a bit. Fuzzed up guitars, ohhs and ahhs, and a killer chorus. Consider us hooked.

Terry Malts - Distracted by Slumberland Records

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Toronto's rising pop charmers, The Natural Shocks are poised to drop their debut Complete With Comfortable Lighting on June 9th. In advance of release day they've offered up a pristine slice of driving jangle pop via the track Heavier Than Heavy which reminds us a bit of Ben Lee's former band Noise Addict, albeit with a bit more maturity and polish. Fronter, Jim Deluca's fear of death and doubts of the after life provide an effective contrast to the bands buoyant melodies.

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