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.
1Dowry – ‘In É’
Éna Brennan is an Irish violinist, arranger, composer and songwriter. I’ve seen her live. In that setting, her music is haunting and spellbinding as she loops and swirls her violin. On record, it is no less visceral and imposing. ‘In É’ is her debut single and, as far as I know, it means ‘in him’ in English. I could be wrong. My Irish is a bit rusty. It is a song built on drones and ambiance, but ultimately one that is confrontational and mournful.
2Alexander Vincent – ‘Hanging To Dry’
Remember that tongue in cheek knowingness that rock music from the early 90s had? Well, Alexander Vincent has that in abundance. Musically, he rides waves of fuzzy guitar and minor chords with vocals that call to mind Buzz Osborne trying to sing like Mike Patton. The most important thing here is melody though. Alexander Vincent is all about the tunes and ‘Hanging To Dry’ is a catchy and upbeat number that charms and coos as much as blugeons and bashes.
3Downhaul – ‘SMAK’
You know, as a younger man, I really did not care for indie rock or emo music. I think I thought I was manly with my big riffs and chest beating. I was wrong. A vulnerability is manly. Or humanly. Or whatever. Being vulnerable is okay. Richmond, Virginia outfit Downhaul are aware of this with their melancholic melodies, emo vocals, and math rock-tinged riffs. Also, does their singer sound a bit like Michael Stipe? Just saying.
4Hit Bargain – ‘Capitulate’
Who would love to hear Kim Gordon front Queens of the Stone Age? I mean when QOTSA were good obviously. That’s kind of what Los Angeles based outfit Hit Bargain kind of sound like. There are robot rock riffs in the vein of ‘Monsters in the Parasol’ aplenty and the kind of strea of consciousness lyrics and delivery that was Kim Gordon’s stock and trade. Needless to say, this is a rather sexy and filthy combination.
5Arcana – ‘Say’
Let’s finish off with some power. ‘Say’ by LA trio Arcana brings the late 90s/early 00s alternative rock with power. Continuing in the vein of similar such revivalists like Nuns of the Tundra and Noiseheads, Arcana take the best aspects of the mainstream rock from that time and bring it kicking and screaming into 2018. Expect big riffs, big choruses, and not a whole lot of subtlety. Personally, I miss riffs dammit.