We all know now that summers over. “Oh but there’s still some nice weather to be had in September,” you cry. No. There is not. It is winter now. And whilst winter may signal the end of the festival season, it does not signal the end of the music season, because the music season is never ending. So why not listen to some of this weeks newest flavours below:
Scarlet Rascal – Strange
Back with honestly one of the oddest video videos I’ve ever seen (spoiler: a man fucks a swan), ‘Strange’ is melodic post-punk that recalls some elements of Joy Division, bits of Television, maybe a dabble of Ought, but with a chorus catchier than all those bands put together. It’s a welcome return for the Bristol 4-piece.
Kinds – Turn It Out
Despite the intro sounding suspiciously like a piano cover of ‘I Just Can’t Get Enough’ by Depeche Mode (sorry because you’ll never unheard that now), ‘Turn it Out’ is understated R&B jam. As light and breezy as it seems though, there’s a dark underbelly to the song, but that doesn’t stop it being catchy as hell.
American Enthusiasm – Waking Ned
Falmouth’s American Enthusiasm, Bristol’s Breakfast records latest signing, are something truly special. Combining punk’s raw power and angst with calming, lo-fi pop, every Am En song feels like a cathartic outpouring. ‘Waking Ned’ is a highlight off their new EP, and perfectly balances light lo-fi indie, with an emotional, deeply honest vocal performance.
Soft Hair – Lying Has to Stop
Soft Hair has been a five-year-long project in the making from the weirdo duo of Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust (of LA Priest and Late of the Pier fame). And boy, it doesn’t disappoint. Sounding like the most bizarre lift music you’ve ever heard, ‘Lying Has to Stop’ is sexy in all the weirdest ways. It’s smooth and funky, soft and loving, but at the same time very very creepy. But then isn’t all the best music?
Sampha – Blood On Me
We all know Sampha has a voice that chills you to the bone. You know, the kind of voice that makes you well up no matter what he’s singing about. ‘Blood On Me’, his first track for a while definitely has that ability, and although it’s a more intense track than usual for the artist, through the minimal and percussion based beat, Sampha’s voice still shines through, sounding like a man on the edge.
Cherry Glazerr – I Told You I’d Be With The Guys
Part 50’s pop song, part garage punk banger, but with scattered synths thrown in for good measure, ‘I Told You I’d Be With The Guys’ finds front woman Clementine Creevy railing against the sexism she’s realised is imbedded in her. “I was a lone wolf, I think I lost my path” she spits, “Where my ladies at!” A punk rallying call against a problem both personal and societal.
Sylvan Esso – Radio
It barely feels like Sylvan Esso have been away, but it’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from the two piece. ‘Radio’ is the first release off a new album due out next year and is a bouncing, kaleidoscope of colliding synths, pounding drums and massive hooks.
AlunaGeorge – Meditator
WARNING: Some serious D’Angelo vibes on this one. Probably best to listen to either on your own, or with a loved one. With slow drums, Barry White guitars that slide in and out plus Aluna’s fantastic as always vocal, ‘Mediator’ should be going straight onto your sex-mix CD.
Penthouse – Chuck
Taking cues from 90’s collage rock such as Weezer, ‘Chuck’ is a bold first single from Penthouse. Sludgy guitars contrast with, lighter, off-beat chords and once you cut through the noise, there’s a gem of a chorus below the surface.
IDLES – Divide and Conquer
If there’s a time in recent history that we’ve needed bands to step up to the plate and fight back against all the shit that’s happening in the world. Thankfully Bristol post-punk outfit IDLES have returned, this time with a cutting, sharp post-punk thrash against the systematic deconstruction of the NHS.
Check back next week for another round up