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Heard about these guys from a bandcamp staff pick a couple months back, they seem to be blowing up in their hometown of Paris and elsewhere in Europe. Moodoïd is much more than glittery makeup, umlauts and great hair, especially once you’ve heard album standout “La Lune”. It’s an anthemic homage to our closest celestial neighbor, teeming with baroque-pop and jazzy bridges and shimmering vocal harmonies.

Le Monde Möö is Moodoïd’s fïrst albüm. Grab yourself a copy here »

ps- makeup game is on point though, f’real

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I’ve been shredding to this song since we first heard the demo early in the year, and I’m beyond thrilled to share it with everyone I possibly can. Francisco The Man‘s “Big Ideas”, a blisters-on-my-fingers sort of single, the one I always knew these good old boys would produce. Maybe a bit of a conflict of interest, as this is a Small Plates co-release with Fat Possum, but trust me… Just listen, you’ll get it:

Francisco The Man’s debut LP Loose Ends is out October 28th. Preorder (on gorgeous, limited red vinyl) here »

Previously: “Progress” MP3 | “Broken Arrows” MP3

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Here’s the stunning video from Swedish director NEZ of Riff Raff Films for minimalist Lithuanian house artist Ten Walls. If you’re wondering about the flying/diving effect, it’s called Flyboarding and it’s a very real thing.

[H/T Booooooom]

Psychephobia is a new compilation release from UK psych-pop group Velvet Morning. Bands included span the globe, and I’m particularly fond of this woozy bedroom pop jam from Strange Bodies:

“With You” is from Strange Bodies’ 2014 self-titled debut LP, which is available for free download from Bandcamp »

J Fernandez - Memorize Now

To say that we’ve been waiting for new tunes from Chicago bedroom musician turned full fledged psych rock outfit J Fernandez is a bit of an understatement. After seeing them live for the first time at last year’s CMJ, it was the one question everyone seemed to be asking, myself included. A question that finally has an answer. Nearly two years after the re-release of Fernandez’s No Luck and Olympic Village cassette EPs as a double EP via Morning Ritual, Justin Fernandez and company are raring to release their Memorize Now EP.

“Cosmic Was” finds Fernandez at his most groove-conscious and also congruently at his most straightforwardly poppy.  Fernandez’s psychedelic diversions are streamlined a bit in favor of a downright dance-y guitar jangle and buoyant brass licks. The spirit of those old 70s psych bands is alive and well but not exactly imitated which allows the track to clock in at a very radio friendly 3 minutes instead of becoming one of those 10+ minute forever jams. There’s not a heck of a lot Fernandez does to through you off the rather snappy route he draws up but there’s no need to – J Fernandez has you hooked from the second the guitar enters, each other element a piecemeal addition that complements that initial guitar riff without ever displacing it.

J Fernandez’ upcoming Memorize Now EP is out October 14th on France based atelier ciseaux. Preorder for a limited run 12″ is available now.