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. Trumans Water – ‘Rations’ (Live in Oslo)
Much to my eternal shame, I had never heard of San Diego noise rock quartet Trumans Water until the wonderfully frantic noise rock of ‘Rations’ came across my desk in the last week. Loved by John Pee, collaborators with Thurston Moore, and Cat Power, and touring partners of Babes in Toyland, Beck, you really need them in your life. A live recording of their 2005 show in Oslo is out now.
2. J.F. July – ‘Lullaby’
Sometimes all you need in live is a bit of ambient pop music. That’s what J.F. July serves up on new track ‘Lullaby’. Combining sweeping atmospherics, a minimal piano line, and delicately emotive vocals, the track is a sombre and yet hopeful sonic exploration. A Mancunian residing in London, you should keep your ears peeled for this chap.
3. Ellis – ‘High Spirits’
Ostensibly, this is an indie rock jam. But as it is constructed on shimmering strings, synthetic bloops, and a regal brass section, the track obtains a grandiosity that escapes most other songs in the genre. Having said that, the track is completely deft and nimble. This is not some kind of over the top statement of intent, rather a gentle exploration into the possibilities of varied instrumentation.
4. CHUCK – ‘Cherry Tree’
For some mind boggling reason New York bedroom pop singer / songwriter CHUCK is a rather polarising musician. Personally, I don’t get it. I think he creates the most affecting and idiosyncratically personal music. With oddball lyrics that call to mind the best work of Evan Dando (another seriously under rated writer) and combined with a talent for a subtle but infectious melody. His final album, Frankenstein Songs for the Grocery Store, on August 18th through Audio Antihero Records. New music from him makes me happy, finality makes me sad. Such is life. A series of events that are both happy and sad.
5. Brother Cephus – ‘Toxic Slip’
Drawing on the laid back and chilled indie rock approach of War on Drugs and Kurt Vile are Brother Cephus. Apparently, a ‘cephus’ is “a genus (the type of the family Cephidae) of small sawflies having larvae that bore in the stems of plants and including serious pests especially of cereal grasses.” That has nothing to do with anything. These lads create a sound that is soothing and yet hypnotic. Melodies swirl and sway with an ethereal regality that is simply gorgeous.