Photo credit Ryan Eddleston
If you’ve taken a minutes break from watching endless footage of Love Island this week (I know it’s hard), then you may have noticed some pretty good music came out this week. If you have been unable to drag your eyes away from the TV, I’ve done you a favour and gathered a selection of the weeks best new music. Listen below:
Sweet Baboo – Pink Rainbow
Like a funk band playing in a charity shop, ‘Pink Rainbow’ is effortlessly smooth, whilst retaining a wonky lo-fi charm. The synths are bright and shiny, whilst the constant bass rhythm is infectiously catchy. Couple this with the manic video, courtesy of Bristol’s James Hankins, and ‘Pink Rainbow’ is a song you are going to want to listen to over and over again.
Willie J Healey – People and Their Dogs
The title track from Oxford’s Willy J Healey’s newly announced debut album shows how far his gritty brand of rock ‘n’ roll has come since we first heard him. Full of fire, but also with cool sections of reflection, the song has it all, including an outrageous guitar solo. The kind of song you’ll want to be singing after a few drinks.
Fenne Lily – What’s Good
So you’ve probably already heard this fantastic song from Bristol folk artist Fenne Lily, what with it coming out awhile ago, but I think it’s worth giving the new video a watch as well. Her beautifully delicate vocal and soft guitar are perfectly complimented by moody shots of Fenne alone in a park and her flat. A wonderfully heartbreaking offering.
The Death of Pop – Breathing
Off new album, Fed Up, ‘Breathing’ is a departure for the dream-pop band. Slinking and almost R&B flavoured, ‘Breathing’ still contains the band’s usual airy elements, but mixes in rhythms and tones not usually seen in a The Death of Pop song.
Milo – Magican (Suture)
A brilliantly left-field hip-hop effort from Wisconsin’s Milo. Its atmospheric intro breaks into a beat that has the live feel of old boom-bap, but the skipping, glitching production of contemporaries like clipping. and Open Mike Eagle. An intriguing and interesting track.
football, etc. – Save
A new song off the three-piece’s recently released album Corner, ‘Save’ is a wonderful piece of pop-punk. “If you were a ship I’d be drowning in your wake” goes the chorus, wonderfully summing up the feeling of growing apart from someone, over brash guitars and driving drums.
Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses
Another new Wolf Alice song that sounds nothing like the band’s previous output. Where last single ‘Yuk Foo’ was energetic and dirty, ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ is dreamy and shimmering. Subtle guitars and a driving bassline keep a constant wall of noise for Ellie Rowsell’s breathy vocals to dip in and out of. It’s getting harder and harder to predict what the full album will sound like.
Froth – Shut the Windows
Taken from the LA band’s new album OUTSIDE (briefly), and given a fantastic new video courtesy of Sean Solomon, ‘Shut The Windows’, is introspective and low-key, with vocalist Cameron Allen sighing “I’ve never had much luck before” over melancholic guitars. A fantastic reminder to go back and listen to their album again.
Lomelda – Interstate Vision
Lomelda played at our birthday party at the beginning of the year, and ‘Interstate Vision’ shows why she blew us away then. Her voice has a depth of range and emotion that you’ll find in few other artists, meaning she can turn the act of driving along a motorway into a thing worth writing a song about about. Her new album Thx will be out via Double Double Whammy on 8th September.
Meatraffle – Love Hz
This b-side to South London’s Meatraffle’s new single is, well, kind of a love song. With gently strummed acoustic guitars, a metronomic drum machine beat and bongos, the song is tender and chilled. Even the lyrics are nice, in a Meatraffle kind of way; “If I could be your ulcer, you could be my stomach,” goes the first line, before continuing in this funny, disgusting and kind of charming way, showcasing the band’s knack for writing thoroughly original songs.
Come back next week for more of our favourite songs.