Each month we bring you a handy round-up of the most exciting new releases.
This month sees long-awaited albums, EPS and singles from Landslide Purist, Enemies, Slowcoaches, Bruising, Petrol Girls and Goan Dogs.
Landslide Purist – Get Your Hopes Down
10.12, Negative Lad | Buy
Landslide Purist was crafted together to augment the ambitious work of Sean Talbot, brother of late Gravenhurst multi-instrumentalist Nick who unexpectedly passed away the year before last, and to whom this record is dedicated. From an immediate perspective, piano-driven experimental pop is infused with harmonious exploration; sincere and intelligent wordplay is purposefully the central nature of an assertive sound.
As a whole, the cohesive combination of the three members (Sam Wisternoff, Robin Allender and Talbot) layer on Talbot’s searching piano progressions within the means of traditional structure, while evoking a sharp purpose for creating something impressionistic. ‘I Want You To Step Down’, its clearest example, is indefinable in genre, but unquestionably direct in its approach of creating an intense threat to overwhelming power. Its strength lies in the craft and continuity gone into making such work. Landslide Purist is a communicable project, and thrives in communicating this within an eclectic, perceptive record. Ross Jones
Many Monika – You Can’t Hide Who You Are
01.12, self-release | Buy
With dreamy falsetto wavering above delicate strings and distorted guitar, You Can’t Hide Who You Are is the strikingly visceral new single from Many Monika. In her lyrical delivery there is at once an air of intimacy and of detachment as she narrates tales of outsiders trying to fit in and ultimately returning to the words of truth held in the track’s title.
Described as “the dolled up outfit of Bristol-based songwriter Sean Warman” Many Monika presents a fusion of brooding, punk sensibilities alongside swooning melodies, culminating in this curiously warped and enchanting sound. The track’s release coincides with her eagerly anticipated performance at THORNY, certainly not one to be missed. Kezia Cochrane
Bruising – I Don’t Mind / Rest In Peace Kurt Donald Cobain (1967-1994)
02.12, Beech Coma | Buy
Packed tight with nostalgic undertones, a melancholic atmosphere and a helping of emotional punk rock, I Don’t Mind marks the forthcoming single release from Leeds-based duo-turned-quartet, Bruising. Born from the depths of Naomi Baguley’s loneliness, the track combines grungy punk vibes and dreamy pop melodies, resulting in a sentimental, yet comforting effort.
Complementing the title track, ‘Rest In Peace Kurt Donald Cobain (1967-1994)’ draws heavily on grunge influences with pounding basslines and brooding guitars. Favourably though, this jokingly-named B-side neatly side-steps any direct tributes to the musician, incorporating a series of hypnotic melodies and echoing drums, alongside strong lyrical influences from Mitski’s ‘First Love/Late Spring’. Kelly Ronaldson
Cosmic Ninja – Hypnosis
01.12, self-released | Buy
Opening with a dreamy guitar line, Hypnosis drifts in the direction of glittery shoegaze before drums thud us into urgent rap and “building a system bigger than you care to realise” instantly grabs you.
It’s a welcome return of nu-metal but with further electronic undertones, as vocalist Tamsin Cullum weaves in her original poetry to great aplomb. They’re pulling no punches here; the single is filled with high-octane synths, riotous riffs and empowerment. Revitalising a genre with a fresh take is hard, but Cosmic Ninja are the homegrown newcomers who’ve have pulled it off. Oliver Evans
Petrol Girls – Talk of Violence
Out now, Bomber Music | Buy
An energetic debut album clocking in at just under half an hour, Talk of Violence is brashy and in-your-face. Opening song, ‘False Peace’, sets the tone of the album with lyrics “I’m feeling disobedient” – a theme that carries through the ten tracks. ‘Clay’ continues the pace and ‘Fang’ is home to a solid bass performance.
A slight change in the midpoint of ‘Harpy’ is a welcome surprise and the Warpaint-esque harmonies on the chorus to ‘Restless’ add some lush textures to the album. A solid first effort from Petrol Girls, the album is enjoyable with its enthusiastic take on old ideas. Skipping any of these song on shuffle is unlikely. Callum Stevens
Goan Dogs – Drifting Apart
Out now, Chiverin | Buy
‘Drifting Apart’ is an earworm. Whilst not an instant hit, Goan Dogs’ latest single is a grower, as you’ll quickly find yourself humming the tune a few hours after the initial listen. Repeated plays and an open mind prove a melodic and luscious piece of work.
What resonates is its realism; there is no melodrama or anger, no plea for reconciliation. It is the despondency and passiveness of someone who knows that a relationship has run its course, as aching vocals portray a want to cause the least amount of harm. It’s just somewhat ironic that a song about things fizzling out, gets better with each listen. Thomas O’Neill
Mont – If You Got It Wrong EP
Out Now, self-release | Buy
Bath-based duo Mont share the ambient loveliness of their debut EP, If You Got It Wrong. One to listen to and dream of summer, it embodies a calming yet expansive bubble of textures and tempos.
Electronic music fluidly collaborates with saxophone, jangling keys and the odd vaporous vocal in this smooth new output. ‘Song For Sunday’ is exactly that, gently easing you through the Monday blues and letting its warm tones pull you into the optimistic synths of ‘Comfort Me’ to bring the EP to a close. Not too dissimilar from noughties Four Tet or Nicholas Jaar, Mont travel to uplifting, futuristic and liminal realms before slowly bringing you back to reality. Hannah Wakeman
Tisso Lake – Paths to the Foss
16.12, self-release | Buy
This gently-landing collection of panoramic-feeling folk songs has an overtly mournful tone. Expressed in an incredibly beautiful and patiently-composed way, it’s quite disarming as one ballad drifts into the next. Ian Humberside’s lamenting mutters, due in part to their Edinburgh roots, have a distinct Arab Strap similarity; minus the misanthropic venting.
In fact, his feathery, Celtic-sounding voice feels reassuring and uplifting as he serenades the memories of stars and lakes he acquired while working as a farm hand. Some of the lyrical choices are a little cliché, causing even the least cynical to smirk but with such wondrous musicality, that doesn’t really matter. Stuart Tidy
Enemies – Valuables | Buy
09.12, Topshelf Records
Valuables is the last album from Irish four-piece, Enemies. After almost a decade as a group, the nine-track LP brings together their knack for playful guitar flairs, emotive lyricism and an undeniably truthful approach to their art. Mixing math-rock with dreamy, electronic escapes, Enemies are pros when it comes to delivering original structures and candid tenderness.
The band have described the album as a “passion project”, free from any expectations for progress and through their encapsulating, layered instrumentation and ethereal vocals – especially on standout track ‘Glow’ – it’s obvious the band relish this care-free approach, pouring their all into an album that will become their swan song. Sammy Maine
Slowcoaches – Nothing Gives
02.12, Leisure & District | Buy
Steeped in layers of frenetic, reverb-fuelled noise, Nothing Gives, the debut album from DIY punks Slowcoaches, is a hedonistic slice of grunge-pop impossible to resist frantically dancing around the room to.
As the London trio rattle through fast-paced riffs and deliver full-on angst in the form of frontwoman Heather Perkins’ vocals you can see why they’ve gained a reputation for spontaneous and wild live shows. While their lyrics relate bleak tales of life’s lows, Slowcoaches’ approach is defiantly boisterous. This sassy attitude comes to the fore on ‘Norms & Values’, but with a playfully deadpan demeanour throughout, this album of “punk-fuelled slack metal” is perfect for thrashing out any pent up frustrations. Kezia Cochrane