This month I’m enjoying several tracks from The Magnetic Fields’ new album ‘Distortion’, which appears to be an unashamed homage to Jesus & The Mary Chain. Luckily, they didn’t forget to write songs to match. ‘Old Fools’ has something of Nick Cave about the vocals, which resound strikingly over the layers of feedback and reverb, while ‘The Nun’s Litany’ fits somewhere on the spectrum between The Breeders and Cocteau Twins. Shoegaze and the Mary Chain continue to enjoy a renaissance since Sophia Coppola’s Lost in Translation soundtrack, which includes a number of songs from the genre, including Kevin Shields and My Bloody Valentine – who, by no coincidence, are soon to make a come-back. I’m also enjoying ‘Frozen Feet’ from the bizarrely monikered ‘Tacks the Boy Disaster’, who come from Austin, Texas, but sound curiously as if they might come from rain-lashed Manchester. They share band members with Midlake but none of that band’s rural pyschedelia – ‘Frozen Feet’ sounds like a lot of stuff but nothing in particular. Taken from their album ‘Oh, Beatrice‘, I love the organ and slightly fragmented approach to songwriting.