5 Songs We Loved This Week | 16th February 2018

5 songs we loved this week

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.

Zack Nestel-Patt – ‘Mount Baldy’

Who would think male pattern baldness would make for a suitable subject for a piece of experimental, jazz inflected prog? Zack Nestel-Patt, that’s who. A hopeful and slowly unfolding jam of ambience and jazz guitar, the track is taken from his upcoming album River. That’s Zack Nestel-Patt on bass and synthesizer, Kenji Herbert on guitar, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. The beautiful thing here is that on first listen it all seems a bit random. Continued listen unveil a method to the madness.

Black Adidas- ‘Cocaine Eyes’

You know, since Thurston Moore shit the bed I have really missed the swirling and hypnotically low key work of latter day Sonic Youth. Which makes ‘Cocaine Eyes’ by LA punks Black Adidas all the more welcoming. Suitably druggy and dark, the track sees the group trudge their way through a simple and deceptively lulling track that is warm and yet aloof at the same time. It’s gleaned from their self-titled debut album!

Juan Bond – ‘Porky’

After the calm, here is the storm. Brooklyn based metallers Juan Bond bring a frantic and visceral approach that careens all over the road in reckless abandon. Tempos fluctuate and flail wildly. Screms turn to croons and back to screams. Riffs chug and swirl. Drums pound and pummel. It’s Dillinger mixed with John Zorn. For real.

Wholewheat – ‘Ands Ifs Buts And Whys’

And now for something completely different. Wholewheat is a songwriter who brings that charming and endearing lo-fi acoustic work filled with honest truths and some bizarro images. The story about his songs is fascinating. Back in 1993, he was inspired by the lo-fi work of Sebadoh, Daniel Johnston and their ilk. He wrote and recorded a crap load of songs which then sat in his basement for years. Fast forward to 2013. Some friends found the tapes, digitised them, and that resulted in the album Songs From My Parent’s Basement. It’s a gem.

HARM LESS – ‘Be Leavable’

It’s true. There is plenty of post metal around. But not all of it is as soaring and hopeful as the work of HARM LESS (aka Chicago, Illinois-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Bryan Kingsley). Delving into djent, melodic hardcore, shoegaze, and pop, he crafts a sound that is thick, warm, and expansive. In 2014, he released his debut album Standing, Still. It was a crushing and beautifu endeavour. His follow up, which is immenent, promises to be even more astounding.

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