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.
Luxury – ‘Primrose Path’
Funnily enough, considering I have a masters degree in English and teach secondary school English, I had never heard of the phrase ‘primrose path’ until coming across this rollicking number from Newcastle-based post-punks Luxury. The phrase is taken from a play called Hamlet by some chap called William Shakespeare and it refers to: “a life of ease and pleasure, or to a course of action that seems easy and appropriate but can actually end in calamity.” So, in essence, the song could be pretty much about my life. It’s a fitting title for a song that seems to have calamity written all over it. It’s one of those that feels like it’s going to come apart at the seams but never quite does so.
Fabric Bear – ‘Rogue Wave’
Two things pulled me into this track from Edinburgh’s Fabric Bear: the fuzzed up guitars and bass, and the oddly R.E.M. like jangle in the intro. From there things progress apace and with aplomb. The song is a playful, irreverent, and tongue in cheek one that bounds along with glee somewhere between indie rock and classic rock. Odd bedfellows but you can expect big riffs, solos, all combined with a distinctly British lack of seriousness. This is too much fun.
PILLARS – ‘SUBTRACT/SUBMERGE’
It wouldn’t be an Overblown list without some post-rock would it? Here we have PILLARS. Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, these are a group that mine the rather ‘epic’ vein of post-rock. Emotions are intense, cathartic, and dramatic. Guitars soar, drums pummel into the sky, and the bass keeps things grounded somewhat in reality. There’s also a touch of post-metal riffage on offer, and hints of the directness of indie rock. Can definitely imagine these lads banging it out at ArcTanGent. Magic.
Sam Pink, Be Softly – ‘No Way to Defeat It but Jump In / No Way to Help It but Let It Die’
Man, there’s 200% not enough spoken word tracks in 2017. This one here from Be Softly, Sam Pink sounds kind of like Henry Rollins going rogue over the top of a restrained version of Explosions in the Sky. This is existential stuff. For example, “Lives designed to happen so fast they don’t happen / But no complaints because it extends to the questions of ‘Okay, then what?'” A collaboration between Bristol outfit Be Softly and poet Sam Pink with works based around his collection called Your Glass Head Against the Brick Parade of Now Whats, this is too visceral and raw to be missed.
Rosie Carney – ‘Winter’
This Irish singer/songwriter is very obviously a fan of English folk singer/songwriter Laura Marling. But, that’s not a bad thing when the music is this accomplished. Defiant and tender, the foundation is built on a solid and simply picked acoustic guitar complemented by a restrained piano and string section. However, the aspect that ties everything together are the earnest and unfussy vocals of Rosie Carney. She never over emotes with dramatic ridiculousness. Instead, her approach is to give a hint at the pain underneath the beautiful and lilting vocals.