Menace Beach - Ratworld
Menace Beach are a group from Leeds that feature members of bands from that scene; members of Pulled Apart By Horses and Sky Larkin, as well as having Hookworms' amazing frontman MJ as a regular contributor and producer of the band's output. Ratworld comes out this month, and it's their debut LP - if you've already listened to the stream, you'll know why it's an album that's got us all licking our lips. There's a woozy Madchester influence in their sound, with a lot of fuzzy guitars and Ty Segall-like vocals to make for an incredible sound. Menace Beach are already a name on the tip of the tongue of a lot of people, but I think after the release of album they'll be a band whose name makes it into the twitter bio of all the indies.
Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again
The best psych outfit in all of Australia, and that's saying a lot, Pond have a fair amount in common with friends Tame Impala, in that they make some of the most refreshing psychedelia in the world today. However, for me, Pond are by far the greater band, as proved by the stunning album that is 2013's Hobo Rocket which this is the follow up to. Man It Feels Like Space Again promises to be completely batshit crazy, if the songs they've released already are anything to go by; Elvis' Flaming Star is an incredible lead single, and Zond, the song on 6music's A-list at the moment is brilliant. If you've already been completely repulsed by one album cover with a peace sign on it this year, fear not; this album does have a CND logo on it's front, but it is a great bit of psyched out graphic design that I would happily put on my wall, or get on a t-shirt or tattoo on my chest.