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.
1. Idan Altman – ‘Expiration’
I absolutely love the considered and expansive folk of Idan Altman. Based in Maastricht in the Netherlands his music is in no real rush but takes its time to wash over the listener with a mixture of pastoral acoustic guitar and more synthetic effects. Reminds me of a nice beach in the autumn. He’s kind of like a less miserable Mark Kozelek.
2. BATS – ‘Truthless’
There’s very very little strong and awesome mainstream rock being made these days. So we’ll support it where we can. Coming off as a more punky version of QOTSA, Perth’s BATS craft a sound that is swirling, hypnotic, and also abrasive and confrontational. It is going to be on their upcoming album Truthless Faithless, which is out 20th October.
3. Les Pantalons – ‘Man With No Cash’
It wouldn’t be worth living each with without something gloriously lo-fi. Enter Les Pantalons with their distinctly 90s vibe. However, it’s kind of like Pavement fronted by Scott Weiland. Odd bedfellows to say the least. It works though. Somehow. Don’t question it.
4. RAAVE TAPES – ‘k bye’
Miss the days when dance and rock music melded together to form the wonderful aggravation of industrial? Well, you should listen to RAAVE TAPES then. They also include a modern sprinkling of Girl Band vocal wise. This is a tuneful and confrontational blast of awesomeness. Seriously, Prodigy fronted by the bloke from Girl Band. That’s that.
5. Ted Regklis – ‘Burn’
Let’s finish things off with a bit of ambiance and neo classical tinged electronica. Wind down and rest. I love to listen to this kind of thing as I lie in bed at the end of the day. Keeps me leveled I think. What I enjoy about Ted’s approach is how he melds the synthetic with the organic seamlessly. It is a very apt reflection of the modern world in which we are becoming more and more synthetic each and every day. Beautifully melancholic too.