New music from Decoder Ring, video for ‘Beat The Twilight’

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151, now 49. E-mails in my Indie Music Filter inbox last week to today. Good news is that the 49 that are left, are all things I want to mention on the site. So, I’ll be doubling up as much as possible to get back on track. Really can’t believe that one week of vacation has put me this far behind, perhaps last week was an optimal time to release indie music?

I was happy to see an e-mail in my inbox from Australia’s purveyors of melodically cinematic soundscapes, Decoder Ring. The band are set to release their new album They Blind The Stars, And The Wild Team in the US (hopefully Canada as well) this summer. The album, their first since 2006s critically acclaimed, Somersault (OTS), sees the band augmenting their vast aural playground while staying firmly guided by their unique and unparalleled writing style. Think Eno, Mogwai, Sigur Ros.

Enjoy the video above. If you’d like the track for free, try their homepage.

Penmanship by Share

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Who: Share from Halifax.

What: Six weeks after crossing the country on tour by VIA Rail, Share singer and songwriter Andrew Sisk celebrates the August 4th release of Shares ‘Slumping In Your Murals’ in Montreal.

Born from songs performed in old farmhouses and the House Of Miracles studio, the core of this bands album was put together in two weeks last summer. The band (Andrew Sisk (vocals, guitar), Nick Cobham (guitar, vocals), Kyle Cunjak (bass, vocals), Dennis Goodwin (synth, guitar) and Zach Atkinson (drums)) retreated to a cabin in the backwoods of PEI with producer Daniel Ledwell (In-Flight Safety) to put the songs to tape. The result is quite captivating.

Below is a taste, for fans of Beck‘s Mutations, Rogue Wave or Sparrow House. Tourdates are found just a little lower.

Song: Penmanship.

August 6 – Montreal, PQ @ Cagibi
August 7 – Toronto, ON @ Cameron House
August 8 – Kingston, ON @ The Artel

Anywhere Else by Rikers

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Who: Rikers.

What: Since we last checked in with this Peterborough group, they were in the midst of recording their 5 song EP, which has now been completed. Adding to the 2 of the tracks mixed by Kevin McMahon (Walkmen, French Kicks), three others had the touch of David Newton (Mighty lemon drops, Little Ones). And if I wasn’t on vacation last week, I would have hyped the Toronto show on the 17th. But, there’s more shows on the horizon. And did I mention the EP is free? Check their homepage for that.

Song: Anywhere Else.

Sidenote. I’m back from vacation, one which I really needed. Now, I’m currently organizing press releases, catching up on blogs and dusting off the posts here at Indie Music Filter. Many great sounds to take you through summer. Stay tuned.

Territory by Two Hours Traffic

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Who: Two Hours Traffic from Charlottetown, PEI.

What: The title track off the upcoming album ‘Territory’, a follow up to the Polaris nominated and critically acclaimed sophomore effort ‘Little Jabs’. This album still has Joel Plaskett‘s producing touch; adding extra shine to an arsenal of sunny indie-pop at its best. To support, expect this band to be consistently on the road, like always.

Song: Territory. I’m thinking if you’re a fan of new Phoenix, you’re going to like these songs.