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. Penguin – ‘Fiction’
Hailing from Newcastle in the UK, Penguin are a fuzzy and lo-fi alternative rock proposition that present an up beat and melodic take on the staple sounds of the genre. The key here is playfulness as the din of the track features a section that would not have gone amiss on a George Harrison album back in the day. It’s also catchy as last winter’s flu. That messed me up for days.
2. Otherkin – ‘React’
It is wonderful to see how far Irish indie rock quartet Otherkin have come in the last few years. At this stage, nearly every song they release is a total jam. Their confidence from their incendiary live shows is now overflowing into their songs which are just brimming with energy and melody. They’ve a new track out in the next few weeks. Keep an ear open.
3. Grandpa’s Ghost – ‘Carnage Queen’
Wonderfully fuzzy and energetic stuff here from Illinois’ Grandpa’s Ghost. The title track from their upcoming 2LP album, calls to mind the free feeling alternative rock of Dinosaur Jr. at their most melodic and unrestrained. Apparently, the rest of the record is quite diverse, combing the fuzz of the title track, with extended guitar work outs, and acoustic ballads. Cannot wait.
4. Drömstad – ‘Rain’
Something a bit more restrained here from London based Anglo-Swedish atmospheric pop duo Drömstad. ‘Rain’ is their first single and it is a delicate, minimal, and restrained piece of piano based art pop. Having said that there is an emotional heft and drama to proceedings as the vocals of Amanda Martta Larsson soar and sweep over the thoughtful and melancholic instrumentation of Ned Gartside.
5. Strange Attractor – ‘Coagulate’
This proggy and psychedelic music collective craft a playful and intricate form of rock music. Taking influences from all kinds of places but never just replicating a save sound, their music bounces and bounds from idea to idea with a deft aplomb that never seems forced or inauthentic. There’s sax, rounds, and time changes aplenty. Arresting to say the least.