Essentials from Avant! Records

3 records that are absolute essentials are available or soon-to-be available from Avant! Records. First, the record you see above is the latest LP offering from Lust For Youth, a Swedish duo specializing in lo-fi (ish) synth-pop exploration, with a defined post-punk feel. They've released music on a variety of different labels, including the always-excellent Posh Isolation, but the first full-length, Solar Flare, was done by Avant! as well. What's heard on this new LP is not very different from what's on Solar Flare, but that's not a bad thing at all. If anything, the sound is a bit more refined, and the songwriting has tightened up a little bit. If you like this sort of thing, then there;s no reason to not like LFY. They do it as well as almost any other. Check it out here, and buy it here. If you're in the US, and don't want to pay overseas shipping charges, it can be had from Sacred Bones.

One of the most exciting records coming soon is British dark synthwave duo Natural Assembly's Arms of Departure. If you've heard the demo tape or the split tape with Cremation Lily (whose Zen Zsigo is one half of Natural Assembly), you should be stoked for this as well. There are a lot of bands and artists trying to do this sort of thing these days, but few are doing it right, and Natural Assembly is at the absolute top of the heap. Played with heart and conviction, and very creatively as well. This is not out yet, but when it does come out (should be in the coming days, as in real soon), I expect it to sell pretty quickly. Hard to gauge a release like this, but I think people will dig it. I'd expect to see a few in some US distros, but not sure of which. Avant! should have it up any day now.

And thirdly, a very strange but very enjoyable debut release from Australia's White Hex. It's being called "tropical goth" and maybe in some strange way that makes sense. Maybe. It has the fell of eclectic post-punk, but with something prettier. According to the media release:

(T)he duo takes influence from the Aus graveyard blues tradition, turning it into something new and minimal at once, perfectly oscillating between drugstore cowboy lush guitars and Tara’s beautifully worn-out voice."

That sounds right. I'm pretty excited about this one, because I haven't heard anything really like it. Like the Natural Assembly LP, this is not out, but will be very soon. Check out some samples here in preparation.

All these can be purchased from Avant! Records.

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