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. Pole Siblings – ‘It Might Grow’
A delicate and vulnerable piece of indietronica from Finnish brother/sister duo Pole Siblings (get it?), this one has a charm that is very arresting. A simple chord progression and drum beat is accentuated by the lilting and subtle vocals of Sofia Stolpe. They’ve a funny story. They had not lived anywhere near each other for ten years, but simultaneously found love and moved to Sweden where they decided to write some music. Worth it.
2. Slowkiss – ‘Pink Death’
Do you love The Breeders but just wished they were ever so slightly more unhinged? Then, alternative rock quartet Slowkiss are for you. Combining thunderous drums, chugg fuzz, bags of melodies, and a love for the Deals, the group’s approach is to pummel the listener with equal amounts of angst and tunes. Not exactly original, but certainly exhilerating.
3. MOWUKIS – ‘Animals Used To Scare’
Such a rich and thick sound. This one is experimental pop music from France. MOWUKIS (aka Louis-Louise Kay) melds atmospheric synths, with what sounds like thunder, staccato beats, piano chords, and gentle haunting vocals. It’s from his debut album No Answers No which came out just recently via Mare Nostrum Records. The music within is rich with melody and deft and subtle experiments that charm and endear.
4. Craig Elliot – ‘No Work All Play’
This one is weird. But also not weird. Does that make sense? Lo-fi and manic, it also posessess a very certain sense of melody that means the song veers from kind of lo-fi alternative rock to noise passages of oddness. The video for the track is equally unhinged and disturbing. Suitably. It’s on his debut album Tender Trample. Good times.
5. Round Eye – ‘Sifter’
Fancy some super super fuzzy, dirty punk with some trumpets? Course you do. That’s where Sifter come in. Melding a frenetic attitude with the typical down strum of punk, ‘Sifter’ is a gloriously fully of life track that oozes a decent amount of humour and playfulness. Kind of like a punk band with Clarence Clemons along for the ride. Plus, their music video was recorded in North Korea, which is always a plus.