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.
Holy ’57- ‘Repeater’
What is this? Prog funk? One thing is for sure it is an infectious and experimental track. Consisting of a rhythmic and hypnotic combination of brass, drums, and guitar, the track is led by an unusual spoken word piece which involves a London artist relaying the story of his grandmother’s trip from India to Nairobi and then to London. There’s also a hint of instrumental math rock here, but just a taste, just a garnish. This is one is oddly emotional and danceable. That’s a potent combination.
Benjamin James – ‘Heart of Darkness’
As far as I’m concerned, folk singer songwriter Benjamin James has three major things going for him here: I love the novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and the movie Apocalypse Now which took inspiration from the text; Benjamin James has a sound that is full, lush and deep. It is one steeped in tradition and earnest emotion; he sounds just enough like Sufjan Stevens to warrant comparisons but his approach falls well short of plagiarism. On top of that, he just has one of those voices you believe and trust. Which is a rarity for sure.
Kieran O’Brien – ‘Closer’
I’ve been having a bit of trouble verbalising just what it is a I like about this track from Irish singer / songwriter Kieran O’Brien. Perhaps it is the ethereal and space-like qualities of the vocal? Perhaps it is the songs apparent disregard for being super catchy? Atmosphere trumps all here. And yet, in a world of over simplified algorithms masquerading as melodies, this can be a wonderful thing. No need to beat someone over the head with an obnoxious melody. Don’t patronise the people. They aren’t that stupid.
Surf Rock Is Dead – ‘Everything They Said’
Combining the swirl and anxiety of showgaze with a definite Madchester swagger and strut is Surf Rock Is Dead. ‘Everything They Said’, which is gleaned from their We Have No Friends? EP, is a prime example of aforementioned melding. The track is hypnotic and constant, driving its point into the listeners ears with a precision that is near malevolent. The song hints at a talent for a languid intensity. Which is never easy to pull off to be fair.
Mt. Doubt – ‘Mouthwash’
This is one of my favourite opening lines in recent memory. Check it out, “I feel like I’ve been beaten half to death by Forest Whitaker.” I don’t think it gets better than that. It’s an excellent introduction to this idiosyncratic track which is an abstract and bizarre lyrical journey wrapped up in a straight forward britpop pastiche. The Jarvis Cocker esque vocal delivery adds a delightfully sardonic lilt to proceedings, however, like Cocker, Mt. Doubt’s Leo Bargery can move from tongue in cheek to heart on sleeve at the drop of a hat. It’ll keep you on your toes.