Exciting times lay ahead for Glasgow folk-pop outfit, French Wives, in just a matter of weeks time the five piece will be heading stateside to represent Scotland at this years SXSW, after which they'll be venturing north for Canadian Music Week. As if that wasn't exciting enough the band also have the release of their forthcoming debut album, ‘Dream of the Inbetween’ to look forward to. If their new single, Younger, is anything to go by then we should be in for a bit of a treat. The song is the second single to be taken from the album and it's available for free download on their Bandcamp page, there's also a nifty wee video to accompany it. The band are playing a SXSW fundraising gig next Friday at Stereo in Glasgow, with support from Bwani Junction and Galleries.
Meow and A Mew
Not to be confused with the one man electro outfit Miaoux Miaoux, this new project in fact a collaboration between Phillip Taylor from PAWS and Christina Tweeddale from indie pop outfit, Boycotts and fuck me it's a bit good. They've just released an EP entitled 'Lasso The Moon' on the CATH RECORDS label, which sees Phil and Christina taking up the writing duties for a song each and the results are something pretty fucking spectacular. Find out for yourself by downloading Lasso The Moon for nowt here.
North Atlantic Oscillation
It's been a couple of years since we heard anything from Edinburgh trio, North Atlantic Oscillation. Having been a bit obsessed with their track, Cell Count, I have admit that I was a wee bit disappointed with their debut album Grappling Hooks. With their follow up album, Fog Electric, due out at the end of April the band are giving away a track from it for nowt on Bandcamp.
It's not often that you see the words Cumbernauld and exciting in the same sentence, but here goes. Exciting new Cumbernauld outfit, Queen Jane released their debut EP, Denver a few of weeks back there. Their sounds not a million miles away from the likes of Vampire Weekend and Bombay Bicycle Club, but don't count that against them as they have some catchy as fuck pop tunes on the go. You can download the lead track from their EP for nowt on their Bandcamp page.
It seems that the whole bloggers releasing free EPs thing has really taken off, first off we had Mr Kowalskiy and his excellent series of EPs featuring an array of Scottish talent and now we have Scottish Fiction jumping on the bandwagon. The more the merrier I say! This months EP sees him giving away free tunes from The Dirty Demographic, Maydays, Run/Lucky/Free and Wolves Of Winter. Further information can be found here.
The Edinburgh based label, Permwhale Recording, have posted up a whole host of free tunes from their roster, if you head on over to their Bandcamp page you'll find songs by an array of artists including Night Noise Team, Collar Up, Flooze and The Duke, Detroit.
There's one thing for sure, if you tag your music as Fucking Awesome on SoundCloud then it's going to grab folks attention. Whether you live up to that billing is another matter all together, in the case of Edinburgh duo, Mad Nurse, I'd say that fucking awesome is quite fitting. If you head on over to the bands SoundCloud page you'll find yourself a whole host of cracking free tunes including an ace wee tune called Submissive, which I am told is more representative of the direction that the band are heading. Ones to keep an eye I reckon.
If you've emailed me in the past few months and I haven't replied to you please accept my apologies. To say that I am working through a bit of a backlog of stuff is a bit of an understatement. Nebyudelic would be a good example of my tardiness as they sent me their music way back in December and it's taken me until now to listen to it. I guess it would the lazy way to describe this would be to call it experimental, but hey I am a bit lazy and I really don't know how you would categorise it. All you need to know is that it's pretty damn good and that there are a host of free songs up for grabs on SoundCloud.
the douglas firs
Those Douglas Firs kids don't hang about, I am sure I was only just posting about one of their side projects a few weeks back, then the next thing I know they're putting out a new EP. Available on CD and cassette, the EP is also available as a free download on Bandcamp.
If you're looking for some chilled out songs to ease you into the weekend, then Edinburgh singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison might well be the man for you. His new album Today Tomorrow is available on a pay what you want basis on Bandcamp.
Holobeams and Broken Machines
If you're a fan of artists like the Field, Boards of Canada, M83 and Orbital, then Holobeams and Broken Machines might be for you. Their latest EP, Holofractal is up for free download on SoundCloud.
Scotland's noisiest duo have been a bit quiet as of late, with plans afoot for future gigs they've posted up a whole host of free tunes from their debut album, The White Crow, up on their SoundCloud page.
To finish off this weeks freebies we have a late entry from those lovely Drunk Mule boys, it must be all of a week since we last got a free tunes from the boys. This tune is called Upon Exit, Check For Signs Of Life and it's free to download on Bandcamp.