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.
1Crook – ‘The Punch’
As is stated in his bio, “CROOK makes the kind of music that plays after the party is over & everybody has gone home.” This is undoubtedly the case. A kind of ambient pop music, ‘The Punch’ is a track that swirls gently like a tender undercurrent. An unassuming song, it is imbued with a melancholy that is soothing. The track is your bed at home. It’s the only place you are safe.
2Tropical Fuck Storm – ‘You Let My Tyres Down’
There’s a distinctly 70s swamp rock vibe to this one. Led by an intense vocal and frantically fuzzed guitar work, the track is the kind of sonic exploration that was a staple of that druggy era. My favourite aspect is how the resignation of the refrain counterbalances the defiance of the verse. If you’ve ever gotten lost listening to On The Beach by Neil Young, you will want to listen to this. Hypnotic.
3Be Softly – ‘My Hands End With Your Fingertips’
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve always been a sucker for a spoken word track. When done properly, they have such an intimate and raw atmosphere that can be unnerving and engrossing. Such is the case with ‘My Hands End With Your Fingertips’ by Be Softly. The music itself swerves from gentle slowcore to a more lush and enveloping shoegaze. All the while, the vocal recounts a fascinatingly abstract tale.
4Federal Unicorn – ‘Forever Begin’
Standing somewhere in no man’s land between vintage hard rock and angular noise rock, ‘Forever Begin’ is an unbalancing track that is kind of like a rant put to music. On another note, what is happening in Denmark at the moment? The country seems to spanning band after band after band of intensity and artistic success. Along with bands like Iceage, Yung and Alcabean, Federal Union are a band that are unflinching in the face of the most disturbing aspects of the human condition. This is as invigorating as it is worrying.
5Sun Mashene – ‘No Control’
Combing a vivd shoegaze fuzz with the sensibilites of Madchester, Dublin outift Sun Mashene are a swirling and hypnotic blast of attitude and swagger. ‘No Control’ confidently struts down streets of psychedelic fury. There’s no tripping out here. Just defiance, anger, and, maybe, a rake of substances. Taken from their upcoming EP Drones That Don’t Kill.