Track of the Week 27/03/17

Disclaimer: This song came out a few weeks ago and I’m well aware it’s old news now. However, ya girl wants to write a blog post and if there’s ever been a band I love more than life itself it’s alt-J. But enough talking, let’s get down to business

At the beginning of March, alt-J returned with a teaser video for a new song, artwork from a video game, and in a Bon-Iver-esque turn of events, hexadecimal encoded Facebook posts.

The teaser only gave away the first 52 seconds of 3WW. Those 52 seconds are marked by an electronic beat and a languid, shimmering guitar. You’re not sure what it reminds you of but it’s a different plain of existence and a different sound than we’ve ever heard from alt-J.

The real wow-moment of the song follows later. There’s shockingly folky, almost spiritual-sounding vocals by Gus Unger-Hamilton, summery guitars, vocals that remind us of dramatic 80s pop (even briefly citing the melody of Ashford & Simpson’s Solid) and a contribution by Wolf Alice’s Ellie Roswell.

Not only the lyrics (which have been beautifully analysed by the folks at Atwood Magazine), which address romance and lust, loneliness and pain in a modern day world, but also the music is what alt-J have done best for years – making some ethereal, complex feeling so tangible that it opens up a whole new perspective.

Their third studio album Relaxer is coming out on June 9 2017 and you can find the link to the preorder below.

Listen on Spotify or Apple Music and Pre-order Relaxer here.

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Track of the Week 14/11/16

When Chet Faker released Built On Glass in 2014, I had the album on repeat. So naturally, when he announced that he was to release new material under his real name, Nick Murphy, I was intrigued. Would the man we know for his soulful, chill, ambient-influenced pop move into a new direction? Or would he stick with his guns and make more hits like “Talk is Cheap” or his earlier rendition of “No Diggity“.

Read the rest over on Can You Ear It!

Track of the Week 24/07/16: Wildhart – Shake Off

Wildhart hail from Sweden. They combine almost jazzy elements with shimmering synths and soundscapes with gentle vocals. Shake Off is ambient-induced chill out music, while still staying in the realm of electro pop. It’s one of those albums that lets you drift off into daydreams when it gets dark so early outside.

If singles like this one and Fantasy are anything to go by, Wildhart might be about to make a name for themselves. With their debut album coming out November 11th, I’m sure there’s a lot more to come.

Track of the Week 17/10/16: Baron & Byrne – Don’t Call Me Calm

In the middle of this pretty sunny but awfully cold October, I think what we all need is some vaguely melancholy but really sunny music.

Don’t Call Me Calm is simple and effortless. It’s a song about affection and distance, having to be patient. It’s inspired by the psych guitar music he likes so much and you can tell. There’s a funky guitar, some gentle harmonies and a whole lot of ambience.

So have a little sitdown by the window with a cup of tea and enjoy all the best feelings of autumn.

Track of the Week 01/08/16

Yes, holy shit it’s August. Yes, I know this year has gone by crazy fast. No, I’m no less terrified of the future and growing old than anyone else. But you know what, let’s just listen to some music, shall we?

Hampshire wunderkinder Blaenavon have been on the scene since 2013. With their more than convincingly weird twitter account and a reputation for some of the best live shows you can see in dingy pubs as well as bigger venues they now have an album coming up. And for the people who are just as excited about that as me, they’ve brought out another single I’ll have on repeat for at least two weeks.

A bit of The Smiths, a bit of the Cure, a lot of bittersweet happiness and melancholy on summer evenings and a “let’s pray for death” chant to match it all. It’s Let’s Pray.

 

Track of the Week 06/06/2016

This week’s Track of the Week is a bit of a cheat because I want to introduce you to Sir Was.

The Swedish artist’s latest EP Says Hi is a beautiful example of how free and effortless music can sound. With a mixture of sounds he picked up with his phone (for example the sounds of a pet store on Falcon), the soulful feeling of jazz and the slightly more serious-sounding electronic elements it’s an EP I can’t just pick one song from, because it works best in its entirety.

Stream Says Hi below

Track of the Week 30/05/2016

When it keeps raining and raining and raining and it feels more like late March than almost June, we could all use some music that takes us to a faraway planet where the sun keeps shining.

Here’s Surf Philosophie’s latest track Coconut Parfum that you should definitely check out for 8 minutes of escapism and psychedelic goodness.

Track of the Week 23/05/16

With a bit of post-Great Escape depression I’m looking back on one of my favourite acts of the weekend.

REVILO is the London-based singer, songwriter, goth pop prince that you need in your life. He spices up his guitar heavy indie rock with incredible pop hooks and a voice that will melt your heart.

Check out his recent single Lure below.

Track of the Week 16/05/16

 

My track of the week this week is a phenomenal, as well as a very personal one.

Lyrics that drip with raw confidence, underlined by almost teasing, cynical guitars and a structure that tells a story make this song so emotionally intrusive. This track is just a little glimpse, a significant example, of what he’s best at; combining the charms of today’s music world and the songwriting craftsmanship of what some might fondly call the Golden Ages of music.

Give Eric Arikan a listen on soundcloud and bandcamp.

Track of the Week 09/05/16

Koen van de Wardt aka Klangstof is a Norwegian producer/musician, currently living in Amsterdam. His name is a combination of the Norwegian words for echo and dust, and the name is what you get.

Amansworld is an atmospheric, down to earth, multifaceted indie song that relaxes and tugs at your heartstrings. It’s Koen’s way of getting back to his own music, find his voice and have a ton of fun with it.

Have a listen to his “love song gone bad” below.