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Australia's Armlock Joins RFC, New Album 7/12

Playing Pitchfork Festival London 11/10

Armlock, the up-and-coming Australian duo of Simon Lam and Hamish Mitchell, have joined Run For Cover Records, and today they're announcing their new album, Seashell Angel Lucky Charm. Due out July 12th, the record is 18 minutes of immersive indie rock that's at once impressionistic and accessible, ambiguous yet refreshingly earnest.

Seashell Angel Lucky Charm taps onto the songwriters’ roots in experimental electronic music and filters them through a homespun guitar music lens. The songs draw you in close with crystal clear guitars, warm harmonies, and sparse arrangements that leave room for character and eccentricities, resulting in an album of inventively minimal music that does a lot with a little. Lead single "Ice Cold" perfectly introduces Armlock's intricate sound, unspooling around a tightly wound bass line and Lam's fragile voice.

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Longtime friends and collaborators, Lam (vocals and guitar) and Mitchell (guitar and keyboards) met studying jazz at Monash University in Melbourne, eventually discovering a shared love of electronic music. After a handful of electronic and dance outlets (I’lls, Couture, Kllo) Armlock came together and the two began incorporating guitar into the music they were making for the first time. Seashell Angel Lucky Charm is the imaginative and sonically rich result. The music at times recalls Pinback’s lean alternative, Alex G’s adventurous indie, or the wave of mysterious-yet-endearing genre-bending music coming out of the UK from label’s like Dean Blunt’s World Music or Vegyn’s PLZ Make It Ruins. Lam's vocals sit up front, often buoyed by spare guitar lines and a simple but steady beat, with ample space is left for production flourishes like distant laughter, chopped up samples, and pitched squeals to ping around the listener’s ears and leave you ready to hit repeat.

Stream "Ice Cold"