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.
Night Ships – ‘Fresh Ethos’, ‘She Sleeps In Trees’ & ‘Defaulter of Skill’
I’m so hot for Seattle-based alt rock trio Fresh Ships that I’ve included three songs here from their self titled debut album. Tinged with post punk and emo, this group explore straight up melodies and earnest emotion amidst fuzzy and shoegazey guitar work. ‘Fresh Ethos’ and ‘She Sleeps In Tree’s display the bands’ knack for creating a pop song and wrapping it in barbed wire. ‘Defaulter of Skill’ sees them adopt a more angular and distinctly ‘English’ approach. There’s a real punch to the production here. Drums wallop, guitars hurt, and the vocals dip into a vulnerable quaver at points. Nice.
Multisofá – ‘Change of Pace’
It has been all stormy and rainy in my neck of the woods recently and so this summery shoegaze jam is a welcome reprieve from the misery. Apparently, Multisofá were one of the hippest and coolest bands in Brazil about 15 years ago. Alas, they are no more. As far as I know. But that doesn’t mean one can’t revel in their cheery, lush, and warm vibe of thick guitars and major chord melodies. Do not despair! They will assemble these songs into a new album called MTSF which is out in March. Salut.
Sridhar Varadarajan – ‘Taller Than The Trees’
Some mathtastic instrumental rock from India for your ears here. My favourite thing? All those handclaps. Seriously, one can never ever ever have too many handclaps in a song. For me, they’re more essential than cowbell. Screw cowbell. I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is more handclaps. Fact.
Pardan – ‘When Comes The Rats’
As we all know, Denmark is quite the hotbed of angular and angry post punk at the minute. Enter Pardan. Who stray a bit from the largeness and singalong nature of bands like Iceage and Yung to include a bit of the idiosyncratic and ranty nature of Ireland’s Girl Band. Plus, there’s jazz element. Tons of saxophone to attack your ears along with roiling drums and bass and a general feeling of severe discontent and anguish. Happy times!
Slowcoaching – ‘Fernwah’
Let’s finish off with something a little bit more pleasant. Here’s Melbourne dream-pop artist Slowcoaching for your ears. Incorporating some delightful jangle with the straight up synths of the Cure before topping off with a vocal that calls to mind a more swaggering version of the chap in JAWS, Slowcoaching scream escape. Pretty but melancholic, the jams here make me happy to be sad. I miss you. I miss everything.