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.
arms that fit like legs – ‘You Will Go On My First Whistle’
Two things here. Firstly, this Irish outfit deftly melds instrumental post-rock with synthetic elements seamlessly to create something that is robotically emotional. Does that make sense? I reckon this is what the skin jobs from Blade Runner listen to for kicks. The other thing is that the title of the song comes from classic British game show Gladiators. So it’s made me think of John Fashanu, Ulrika Jonsson, and the ref with the exceedingly deep Scottish accent. Massive.
Egopusher – ‘Patrol’
This isn’t exactly new, but it just popped back into my ear shot. An intense and experimental venture, the track is dark and brooding. With flourishes of sampled violin, and a gravitas that is not easily achieved, the track is one that is equally challenging and arresting. Beautiful. Frightening. It has everything.
Elskavon – ‘Offers of Peace’
Beautifully constructed neo-classical piano music here with a touch of ambient delicacy. Sombre and yet hopeful, this calls to mind the sheer magnificence of the work of the likes of Olafur Arnalds. This is designed for late nights. But not regretful late nights. Nope. This is for those late nights in which you reach some kind of conclusions. It’s an epiphany. A sign to move on and be a better person. Forever. Hold yourself to the highest standards.
Kieran O’Brien – ‘Should Have Known’
Hailing from Ireland, and mining the jangle of college rock is Kieran O’Brien. Taken from the EP Turn, ‘Should Have Known’ is a bit of a throwback to a time of direct melodies and chiming guitars. Equally indebted to R.E.M. as The Smiths, this is a melody heavy and defiant one. Plus, when I close my eyes I can see Michael Stipe doing that funny dancing he loved to do. That’s what this song is. Michael Stipe’s funny dancing.
Marlon Brando Island – ‘Drunk Driving’ and ‘Circle of Throats’
Could you imagine living on Marlon Brando’s Island? Sounds terrifying. All I can imagine is him goosing everyone. I don’t know why I think that. I just do. Kind of revolting. Still. What an actor. Anyway. Marlon Brando’s Island explore an intense and emotional version of indie rock that is cathartic and raw. Not as terrifying as Marlon Brando. But pretty much as vulnerable. Let’s do this.