New Music – Asylums + Gum Country + Nijuu

New releases – Asylums, Gum Country, NIJUU

Asylums – Platitudes (single)

Flying the DIY flag for Southend on Sea, Asylums have shared their latest single Platitudes, adding to their already impressive catalogue of infectious punk edged tunes. Energy is never in short supply where the band are concerned and the track is a welcome burst of bouncing riffs and raw emotion in the vocals. The video is made up from spliced home recordings of gigs and festivals and makes the promise of a return to live music sometime in the future look all the more inviting. When the chance permits, keep Asylums at the forefront of acts to catch live.

Platitudes is the third track taken their forthcoming album Genetic Cabaret, recorded with legendary producer Steve Albini. Genetic Cabaret is released on 17th July via Cool Thing Records – you can pre-order a copy here. In the meantime, watch the video for Platitudes below.



Gum Country – Talking to my Plants (single)

Jangle-indie pop is high on the agenda for Canada’s Gum Country, and their latest single Talking to my Plants is laden with fuzzy guitars and honeyed vocals. The band’s own description of their music as ‘harsh twee’ is a fair one, and a dulcet-toned track inspired by a fondness for gardening fits the bill well. Their sound is evocative of Stereolab and the soft side of Sonic Youth , the song an indicator of more delicacies to come on their pending album Somewhere.

Talking to my Plants is out now, listen below. You can pre-order Somewhere ahead of its release on 19th June here.

 Gum Country


Nijuu – Nijuu in the Sea (EP)

Korean dream-pop artist Nijuu has shared Blue, the lead track from her soon to be released debut EP, suggesting an eclectic mix of hazy soundscapes will be forthcoming. Incorporating recorded elements from nature to air-conditioning units, this looks set to be ambience with added impact. The vocals on Blue float seamlessly alongside the minimal instrumentation, and beg comparison towards the likes of Cocteau Twins or Mazzy Star, reflecting the continuing theme of the sea throughout the EP – you can almost feel the waves lapping over your feet.

Nijuu in the Sea will be released on 25th June via State51 Conspiracy; for now listen to Blue here.



Words by Siobhan
Photos: Asylums © Kana Waiwaiku, Gum Country via One Beat PR, Nijuu via Yes Please PR

12th June 2020