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Make Monday more palatable with out favourite tracks from last week. Listen below:
The Horrors – Something To Remember Me By
This is The Horrors like we’ve never heard them before. Gone are the gritty guitars, gravelly vocals and slinking bass. In their place is a glittering, shifting dance number, with soft synths and a driving rhythm. Faris’ smooth vocal glides over the top, with the whole thing pulling together into a track that could be an Electronic b-side.
Florist – Glowing Brightly
Stripped back to the bare minimum instrumentally, ‘Glowing Brightly’ feels like a journey more than a song. In the mere three and a half minutes it exists, vocalist Emily Sprague seems to let out all her thoughts, unfiltered and unstructured, allowing us as the listener to pick through the images, desires, worries and wants that are spilled to us. Tiny changes in the sounds, whether it be a quiet synth or the chiming bells at the end, are the only markers of time, and it feels like the track could on forever and never get dull.
Bad Sounds – Living Alone
Bath’s Bad Sounds are back with yet another dancefloor ready hit. A pulsating disco bassline holds together the glitching guitars, whilst the delightfully catchy chorus finds vocalist Ewan delving into a darker territory than Bad Sounds usually explore. “It’s not gonna hurt me baby,” vocalist Ewan sighs as guitars dance in and out, “I feel like living alone”. Everyone knows the best disco songs have a darkside, and in this Bad Sounds have excelled.
Brockhampton – Swamp
With the rate that Brockhampton are churning out incredible singles, I literally cannot see a future where the LA hip-hop collective/boy band do not have a song in tracks of the week. ‘Swamp’ pushes the group even closer to greatness, with one of their biggest hooks reeling you in from the start. Keep your ears open for the technically intricate verse from Dom McLennon that steals the show mid-way through.
Toothpaste – TV Years
London’s Toothpaste are here with the first of their ‘minty fresh bangers’. Dreamy, shimmering, but with the perfect amount of underlying melancholy, ‘TV Years’ ticks all the right boxes from the off. As the name suggests, the song is about wanting to just go home, hide and watch TV, but with the songs lush synths and chiming guitars, it’d be perfectly easy to hide in Toothpaste’s world instead.
ThisisDA – The Blue
Over a smooth, skipping beat, Bristol’s ThisisDA makers a quiet and confessional, but confident, return. The first half of the song is tightly wound, with the rapper dancing over the cut up beat, but in an instant it collapses, slowing down to a syrup-thick tempo, whilst isolated, jazzy guitars shimmer. An exciting return for one of Bristol’s most intriguing artists.
Boys – Why Were You Alone
It seems odd for Boys vocalist Ross Pearce to question why someone else was alone when he himself, in his spacey, echo-dipped vocals, sounds so alone. He even sounds far removed from the rest of the band, his voice an island of warmth in the sea of icy drums and cold guitars. A beautiful guitar-pop song, ‘Why Were You Alone’ is well worth losing yourself in.
White Room – The Blue
Another from this week called ‘The Blue’, but completely different. White Room’s ‘The Blue’ is instead a full throttle pysch-rock barn burner. Wigged out guitars turn from blissful to biting in an instant, loosened by erratic tempos and complimented by 60’s-style harmonies. Fans of Pond definitely shouldn’t miss this one.
Versing – Radio Kinski
Seattle’s Versing are back with song that combines all the best bits of rock, post-punk and slacker rock, to create something that sounds a bit like Television hanging out with Parquet Courts. So yes, ‘Radio Kinski’ is basically perfect.
Car Seat Headrest – War is Coming (If You Want It)
From the few barbs of guitar, it is obvious that there is a hell of a lot of Strokes worship going on in this new offering from Car Seat Headrest. Not Is This It, Strokes mind, nearer First Impressions Of Earth. But running the current state of the world through his droll, sharp wit perfectly partners with this sharp, spiky sound, and as always, it’s his personality that shines through clearer than anything else.
We’ll have more of our favourite tracks next week.