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My dear north-american readers, this one goes out for you. Not because I believe you’ll eat up this band like manna (although you *should*), but because this northern Portugal-based quartet was kind enough not to name itself “Sensible Footballers” and alienate you forever; I imagine you’d sit there, honey-drenched pancake in fork, pondering on why the hell don’t they have any songs about Tim Tebow or any other jacked-up, helmet-welding, advertisement-darling m(a)(e)ss of a human, and upon discovering that on the other side of the Atlantic we don’t care much about the Superbowl you’d consider nuclear retaliation and turn one of your oldest allies (true, btw) into Europe’s answer to the Sahara Desert. Emanuel Botelho, Manuel Justo, Filipe Azevedo and Hugo Alfredo Gomes go by the name Sensible Soccers, and they were born out of a very small scene that called itself, and I’m literally translating it here, “unemployed pop”, which is a far better choice of words than “hypnagogic” or whatever the fuck hipster musicians call what they do in their bedrooms nowadays. There’s nothing “hipster” about Sensible Soccers, though; think of them as our answer to the wonderful Disco Inferno, even if they themselves have never listened to Disco Inferno (I asked them, they went “what?”). They’ve existed for two years now and have already played in major festivals such as Milhões de Festa and Paredes de Coura, and even played a set in Lisbon’s Boiler Room (I’ll give you a special gift if you can guess, in that video, who I am), and you can check out their music on Bandcamp, which, hopefully, will get you asking for more and salivating like a dog as soon as I mention that they’re putting out a record later on this year. “Sofrendo Por Você” (“Suffering For You”, and now you’ll get the pun in this post’s title) is the advance single, a song they have been playing live for a while now but only recently had the guts to record. It will come out as a special single on Groovement, this very Sunday, and it’s a wonderful 9-minute upbeat track about lost love, which is a very strange kind of paradox – it should be sad, miserable music, but it really isn’t, and it’ll put a smile on your face and possibly make your head nod to the beat. Feel free to check a live version here, although the low sound quality doesn’t make it justice, and dance away the pain of not having your beautiful red miracle kissing you right now. Maybe you’ll even start enjoying footb- oh, sorry, soccer.

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Nightmare Ending is the first Eluvium record since 2010’s Similes, and if that wasn’t enough good news alone, it is a double album. It’s out on May 14 on Temporary Residence, who just gave us this little treat called “Entendre”.

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Let me indulge in my best hipsterspeak and say that you’ve probably never heard of Violetness before. But it’s alright. I hadn’t either, until I got sent a physical promo. And you should know I love everything physical, from promos to Olivia Newton-John’s 1981 hit. Violetness is a Chicago artist who will release Last Night In My Dreams, I Was Talking To You, her newest EP, next January on LebensStrasse Records, where she mostly explores Björk-like electronica, with a touch of post-modern electropop sounds (a.k.a. chillwave) and tribal rhythms-slash-sweet lullaby vocals. I assure you, it’s good. Heck, if it wasn’t I wouldn’t write about it: I would insult every band member on VICE magazine’s Facebook page. Last Night In My Dreams, I Was Talking To You will be released on tape (and you should know by now how much we here at Bolachas love all things tapey), CD and vinyl, and it consists of three original tracks – one of them, “The Coal”, you can listen on that Youtube link up there – and three remixes by the likes of Sun Glitters, Slow Magic and Robot Koch. Be aware that more than a record on its own this EP is an entrance point to Violetness’ music; a curriculum vitae, if you will. But if she pops out more stuff like this we’ll definitely hire her.

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There’s so much to love about my favorite Greek band, Plastic Flowers. After releasing two EPs on our Cakes and Tapes, the always shape-shifting ambient pop duo has just put out a new single, “Empty Eyes”, through Bad Panda Records. “Empty Eyes” showcases their poppier side, which could and should be more explored by them on future releases.

Natural Conspiracy is still available for download on a pay-what-you-want basis at Bandcamp, and there’s a limited number of green cassettes still available for purchase as well. Grab it below.

<a href=“http://cakesandtapes.bandcamp.com/album/natural-conspiracy” data-mce-href=“http://cakesandtapes.bandcamp.com/album/natural-conspiracy”>Natural Conspiracy by Plastic Flowers</a>

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Will Samson is not your average singer-songwriter. His blend of fragmented, ambient electronica and minimalist folk sure isn’t that original in the middle of 2012 (not that I’m looking for “originality” in songs) but we’re in for a treat judging from the only song available from his forthcoming album, Balance, coming out next October 5th on German imprint Karaoke Kalk (Dakota Suite, Hauschka).

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