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After the excitement of last week’s 100th edition of tracks of the week, i honestly had no idea how I could better it. Luckily loads of musicians far more talented than myself released a load of new music, so job done. Listen below:
Only Girl – Mountain
Some atmospheric, glittery R&B from London artist Only Girl. The stripped back, echo-drenched song puts one in mind of Jessie Ware, but ‘Mountain’ feels more organic. Guitars twinkle, whilst the percussion is kept simple throughout, letting Only Girl’s stunning vocal performance to shine through.
Keir – Night and Day
Bristol’s Keir has unleashed this new, driving anthem. Heavy from the off, the song combines stadium-sized drums with crunching guitars, the drama and danger heightened by Keir’s dynamic, acrobatic vocals. Check out the video as well, which features a whole lot of the city.
Danny L Harle and Clario – Blue Angel
A sleek, restrained new single from PC Music’s head honcho and bedroom-pop producer Clairo. Featuring Danny L Harle’s signature minimal production, Clairo’s equally lo-key vocals give the track a sadness that seems at odds with the euphoric bells that litter it. Another glimpse into the future of pop from Danny L Harle.
Girlpool – Picturesong feat. Blood Orange
I don’t think I’d have paired both these artists together in a million years, but my god the results are beautiful. Blood Orange spoke about how, like everyone else, he was entranced by Girlpool’s harmonies, and ‘Picturesong’ uses these to their full, the three voices intertwining over soft, shimmering synths.
Ought – Desire
Like all of Ought’s best songs, the best time to listen to ‘Desire’ is whilst watching a slow sunset unfurling before you. It’s a hypnotic, enveloping piece, with soft synths underpinning the looping bass-line and crackling guitar. The track slowly grows, a choir coming in to underpin singer Tim Darcey’s pining vocal. A gorgeous, rich new track from Ought.
Half Waif – Keep It Out
Half Waif’s ‘form/a’ EP was one of the most enchanting and intricate records of last year, and ‘Keep it Out’ shows that she has no intention of letting up. Scattered synth percussion forms the bed of the track, with Half Waif’s beautiful, isolated vocal providing a calming centre-point. The track swells, piano stabs echoing around, building to a gargantuan chorus that will sweep you off your feet.
Why Bonnie – Practice
A cinematic new song from the latest edition to Sports Day Records’ roster, Why Bonnie. With the crashing drums and dream-pop guitar, listening to the song seems to dapple everything around you with sunlight. The vocals are both soft and powerful, rising and falling with the shimmering cymbal splashes, whilst the subtle synth in the background exapnds the song into another dimension.
Car Seat Headrest – My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
Whilst Will Toledo’s lyrics are usually frank, bare and intimate, it’s rare that his voice isn’t surrounded by crashing wall of guitar. ‘My Boy (Twin Fantasy)’ starts differently, just Toledo’s isolated vocals, vulnerable and insightful. But soon the song twists, those scuzzy, Strokes-esque guitars that have defined his sound kick in, boosting the energy-levels through the roof. A short, sharp punch of diverse brilliance.
Meadowlark – Pink Heart
Bristol duo Meadowlark share this spacious song from their album Postcards. The song is a glitching but collected piece of pop, with echo-drenched pianos and a skittering drum-beat providing the base for Kate McGill’s subtle, yet touching vocals, to dance over.
El Perro Del Mar – Mirrors
A brilliantly disjointed new song from Swedish artist El Perro Del Mar. The shine and elegance of the cascading harps clash with unnerving drone sounds, as El Perro Del Mar’s Bjork-like vocal line pleads “I know we messed up, I know we’re not right, but I want to try, I want to try”. Some truly otherworldly art-pop.
Check back for some more new music next week.