Some require email sign-ups, some your first-born, but they’re all free and they’ve all got guitars in. Maybe you’ll find something you like…
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MGMT – Flash Delirium (Right-click to download)
Everyone’s favourite psychedelic mentalists are back (sit down Flamings Lips, we’re not talking about you) with this bizarre slice of crazy-pop and it sounds like the new full-length ‘Congratulations’ (due 12 April) could be their very own ‘Smile’ (the legendary Beach Boys album).
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Stars Of The Search Party – The Culprit
This Guildford-based six-piece make an extremely palatable processed-punk/hardcore noise and they’re no slouches when it comes to the guitar either. There are some nice touches rhythmically too.
Wild Palms – Human Behaviour (Bjork Cover)
Planted very much in ‘angular art rock’ territory, Wild Palms make this Bjork classic sound like early Talking Heads or Television. If you like this then you should check out their forthcoming single ‘Dive’, of which this is the B-side.
Pin Me Down – Time Crisis
What do you get when the guitarist from Bloc Party hooks up with an electro-pop-loving female vocalist? Well, you get Pin Me Down, but then you knew that already didn’t you?
Black Tambourine – For Ex-Lovers Only
You might have heard of these guys, they were a kind of seminal early 90s indie group with elements of Jesus And Mary Chain and other reverb-heavy, buzz-saw guitar-ing groups of a similar ilk. Their definitive collection ‘Black Tambourine’ is out 29 March.
Harlem – Friendly Ghost (Right-click to download)
This is a garage-pop delight. OBVIOUSLY, ‘Friendly Ghost’ is three minutes of clunking guitars and analogue splendour about having a spectre for a best mate.