AIH52 | The debut album from Oro Swimming Hour 27 May 2017

Today we're extremely excited to announce the debut album from Oro Swimming Hour; a magical two piece featuring Bristol's own Oliver Wilde and children's book illustrator Nicholas Stevenson (also of Lucky Shivers). The 16 track album mastered by Orchid Tapes Warren Hildebrand is full to the brim with freak-folk anthems, lo-fi bedroom pop and the sound of Elliot Smith summoned to a torch-lit seance.

Penrose Winoa was recorded in the space of five short days in the living room of Oliver's shared house using analogue equipment. If you listen closely enough, amongst the hiss and crackle of the tape fuzz you'll pick up the comings and goings of various housemates as well as Sparklehorse the cat. With no...

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LISTEN | The Sea Life - Blame 9 May 2017

Last week a new track from the forthcoming Sea Life album premiered on DIY.

We called it "a fuzz pop masterpiece that sounds like The National getting drunk with Pinegrove."

DIY said "Across a skittering, tricky drum beat the band weave fuzzy guitars and build a fairly doom-laden atmosphere befitting of the times. “I don’t only blame you, but I blame myself too” they lament, showing off their awareness and humanity. When they explode into searing riffs and wail in pure anguish, it’s a truly cathartic experience, one that seems to completely capture the discontent of the times."

Take a listen above and if you like what you hear you can grab a copy of the...

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PCC4 | The Golden Dregs - Congratulations 21 April 2017

Today we're delighted to unveil the fourth part of our Postcard Club, a brilliant new single from Cornish supergroup The Golden Dregs. A while back when we first released The Golden Dregs, I wrote the following:

In terms of people I have met since I started the label, Ben Woods was probably one of the first. Having tagged along with The Black Tambourines to the release party for aih02, he drunkenly haggled me down to 20p for a New Years Evil shirt. Since that formative night our paths have crossed many more times and with each occasion he seems to make more of an impression.

Although that was almost three years ago (for the release of The Life...

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Introducing our latest signings Oro Swimming Hour 3 April 2017

Today we share with you one of the most exciting things we’ve ever been a part of.

Acclaimed solo artists in their own right, Oliver Wilde and Nicholas Stevenson have joined forces to become Oro Swimming Hour; a brand new project specialising in beautiful lo-fi pop swellings.

Enjoy this preview video of what to expect (stay tuned to the end for the debut of track "Marshmellow") and keep 'em peeled for more news soon! You can also listen to Marshmellow more over on Spotify if you wish.

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PCC3 | Factory Seconds new single could be "the best debut single of the year so far from a British indie band". 29 March 2017

Part three of our Postcard singles club and we're delighted to introduce Factory Seconds, a four piece new wave band from London inspired by the likes of The Cure, New Order, The Feelies and Galaxie 500. Taking their name from factory in which they rehearse, Caught in the Layers is their first official offering and is due out on March 31st 2017.

Bassist and vocalist Katie Wilkinson on Caught:

I was I recovering from a bit of a mental breakdown and was starting to feel well enough to channel my energy into writing music again and this was one of the first songs I wrote. I’ve only been in angry punk bands until now so this...

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PCC2 | New postcard single from Hot Shorts 10 March 2017

There are three key things you need to know about Hot Shorts:
1. They released a summer Christmas single (Sex Christmas) in August 2014
2. A Google image search for their band name, does not present any photos of them
3. Their latest single references hair loss, web forums & monetising blog content

They are also a four piece band from Manchester who have been releasing music since 2014. They've had an exciting couple of months; December saw them appearing at the Los Campesinos! Leeds all dayer, in January they recorded a 6 Music session with Marc Riley, in February we can only assume they took the month off and now here we are in March with their latest single 'metaphor for...

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AIH49 | Announcing the debut album from Washington punks The Sea Life 8 March 2017

Today we’re delighted to announce our first proper release of the year, the debut album from Washington’s The Sea Life released on sea blue 12″ in partnership with ace US label Babe City Records. Having first found their way into our ears (and hearts) with their swelling sad-anthem Prozac and Merlot, we’re welcoming them to the family by sharing the opening track of the album, Red Eyes.

Red Eyes is a sprawling, scattering gut punch of a track that stumbles its way angrily through a sound that is hard to pigeonhole. Crisp sweet melodies slam against uneasy walls of panic and static, meanwhile Jon Weiss’s guttural howl is perfectly juxtaposed by Jules...

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