This is simple. We love these songs. You should listen and tell us what you think of them.
Let me also point out that this is not necessarily focused on new songs. Just what we’ve been listening to and loving this week.
1. Girl Ray – ‘Preacher’
Girl Ray, three London teenagers who mine some glorious piano based old fashioned pop music, have returned with the warm and chiming ‘Preacher’. It’s the kind of gently relaxed track that lulls the listener along. Think of paddle boats and lots of fun. The track will appear on their upcoming debut album Earl Grey, which will be out on August 4th via Moshi Moshi.
2. Mons Olympus – ‘Incognito’
Olympus Mons is an exceedingly large shield volcano on Mars. Fact. Mons Olympus is a spacey as balls neo prog/hard rock outfit from Ireland. ‘Incognito’ is their latest release, and it is supremely danceable, stupidly loud, and fist pumpingly good fun. There’s also a tongue in cheek video that calls Babylon Zoo. Google them.
3. Gadget and the Cloud – ‘January 31’
And now for something completely different. ‘January 31’ is the latest release from Cork based producer Gadget and the Cloud. Exploring eerie and melancholic ambiance, this track begins in a vaguely positive and gently up lifting fashion before gradually becoming more and more unnerving and anxious as it proceeds through it’s claustrophic four minute running time.
This is only the fourth track to be released by Gadget and the Cloud. We want some kind of EP or something. Just saying.
4. Average Sex – ‘We’re Done’
This one premiered on For The Rabbits just today, and is a charming and slightly twee venture into lo-fi fuzzy rock music strong on the pop melodies. Seems to me the track is about breaking up with someone and then subsequently stalking the crap out of them (see: “you act like I’m the crazy one since I slashed your tires, and you won’t return my text since I set your dog on fire”). But, I’ve been wrong before.
5. Avoid The Kill – ‘High School Crush’
Just literally happened upon this on Bandcamp. Which is also a fun adventure. These explore a pretty lo-fi and fuzzy take on a sound that is somewhere between post-hardcore and noisepop.
They describe themselves as ‘a bunch of kids who have already fucked up their futures’. I’d tell them not to worry, their futures were fucked before they even got anywhere near them.