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The Japanese House Astounds With “Pools To Bathe In”

A few weeks ago, we heard The Japanese House for the first time when “Still” surfaced, seemingly out of nowhere. We were pretty blown away – but now, the elusive and enigmatic London native has returned with “Pools To Bathe In,” the title track from her debut EP, set to release on April 27 via Dirty Hit.

This new track has managed to take our collective breath away. Fans of Copeland, the equally-talented youngster Låpsley, and maybe even Imogen Heap will likely agree that the 19-year-old Amanda Bain is on an inevitable rise to greatness in the indie …

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Hear Sufjan Stevens’ Gorgeous New Song “Should Have Known Better”

On March 31, Sufjan Stevens will release his brand new folk album, Carrie & Lowellvia Asthmatic Kitty. Pre-orders are ongoing in a variety of formats here. In anticipation of the release, he’s sharing another new single: “Should Have Known Better.”

As the second track on his album, “Should Have Known Better” acts as an introductory phrase to what kind of folk we can expect in his triumphant return. Bedroom keys eventually hop in as well as layered melodies and various harmonies with backing vocals. Stevens expertly layers it all to turn struggles into a beautiful reflection. While …

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Hear Paul de Jong’s New Single “This Is Who I Am”

On April 28, Paul de Jong will drop his debut LP, IFvia Temporary Residence. Pre-orders are ongoing here. De Jong, who was one half of experimental duo The Books back in the 2000s, can work his cello through and through with ease, digging the bow into its strings to pull out some silver, liquid magic that feels strangely familiar. Though The Books are long gone, Paul de Jong’s return to the scene marks a revival of The Lemon of Pink style of playing. New single “This Is Who I Am” confirms that return to sound.

Collage-pop marks …

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Hear Ryley Walker’s Incredible New Single “Sweet Satisfaction”

There’s something about handpicked guitar playing that never gets old, and Ryley Walker does a great job reminding us of how timeless it can be. The folk singer-songwriter drops his new album Primrose Green on March 31 via Dead Oceans. Pre-orders are ongoing here. In anticipation, he’s shared single “Sweet Satisfaction” to detail what we can expect on the release and it’s nothing short of intricate.

Ryley Walker’s ecstatic fingerpicking is what lures you into his songs, but his cool film of 1970s fog that sets over it will keep you around long after they’ve ended. “Sweet Satisfaction” sees …

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UTG PREMIERE: Ruby Nightingale – “Whole”

“Whole” is Australian singer-songwriter Ruby Nightingale’s first single off of her upcoming debut full-length record entitled Sleeping In Pashminas. Due out on March 10, the Hong Kong-raised, Connecticut-based indie/folk vocalist calls to mind the likes of Marissa Nadler, Laura Marling, and Angus & Julia Stevens. She has two previously released EPs and is very excited for what’s to come. Ruby shares:

“Seeing this record come together with the full band has been so incredibly fulfilling, and has really shown me my own music in a much larger light. It also contains some of the most

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SWIMM Debut “Beverly Hells”

Los Angeles indie rockers SWIMM have garnered plenty of attention as of late for their unique live shows, but today, the duo have teamed up with Earmilk to premiere a brand new track.

Entitled “Beverly Hells,” the band’s first official single is composed of a lush, folksy atmosphere that manages to become even more enjoyable after repeated listens.

Follow the jump to check out “Beverly Hells” and be sure to let us know your thoughts on the track in the comments section below.…

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Florence + The Machine Announce New Album, Unveil First Official Single

In case you missed it, Grammy-nominated indie outfit Florence + The Machine are finally showering us with new music in the form of their upcoming record entitled How Big How Blue How Beautiful. Florence Welch and her band have just officially announced that their third album is slated for a June 1 release date in the U.K. and June 2 in the U.S via Republic Records.

Earlier this week, she released their album’s symphonic title track with a new music video. You can check that out here.

Today via BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, the official first single …

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The Tallest Man on Earth Announces New Album ‘Dark Bird Is Home’

Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, is back and ready to strum until his fingers bleed. The folk revivalist and Dylan reincarnation has announced a brand new album is on the way. The album, titled Dark Bird Is Home, drops May 12 via Dead Oceans. It serves as his follow-up to 2012′s There’s No Leaving Now full-length.

“This is not the end. This is fine. I sing that now, maybe to someone else for comfort in all this turmoil because the sea can be pretty heavy,” Matsson says in a new trailer for the album. It’s …

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The Books’ Paul de Jong Announces Debut Solo Album ‘IF,’ Streams “Auction Block”

When The Books broke up in 2012, an era came to an end. The collage-pop duo of guitarist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong had invented a magical, comforting, mashup of strings and found sounds, creating the type of music that is as perplexing as it is educational. Since then, Zammuto has gone on to release two solo albums. De Jong, on the other hand, stayed relatively quiet. Today, he says, “it’s time to come up for air.”

Paul de Jong has announced his debut solo album at long last. The album, titled IF, drops April 28 via …

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Stream American Wrestlers’ Incredibly Catchy Track “Kelly”

If you’re looking for a pause from all the winter snow, then make way for American Wrestlers. The indie rock Scotland-via-Missouri act will drop his self-titled debut LP on April 7 via Fat Possum. His lead single “Kelly” will single-handedly brighten up your whole day, if not week.

“Kelly” operates by avoiding cliche pitfalls and twisting the usual route. Sparing guitar riffs crack through lo-fi speakers and shake out a dissonant bridge in the chorus, acting like fantastical stilts for the Scotsman’s snarky delivery. He chooses not to clog it with clean mixing and, as a result, leaves enough …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Corpus Discuss ‘The Sliding Scale of Morality’

Sometimes, while waiting for a headliner to take the stage, you encounter a support act whose performance flips the script on your expectations and leaves an indelible mark on your memories of the night. For me, Corpus is one of those acts.

Personally selected by Bert McCracken to support The Used on the Australian leg of their dual headlining tour with Taking Back Sunday, the duo from Western Sydney took the eyes and ears of the Melbourne audience hostage with an energetic, raw and utterly captivating performance that didn’t so much as just warm the stage as set it on …

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Morals – “Question”

Under The Gun Review is pleased to bring you the premiere of Morals’ first official music video for their new track “Question.”

When it came to picking which track to create a video for, the choice was obvious for the band.

“We thought that the format of the song really lent itself to a music video concept,” says bassist Dan Roth. “We love videos that have a message or a story, that are more than just a band playing. We scrutinized every track and made sure that could we present each in the best way. We felt this is the …