Leeds-based five-piece Vessels share robust new single, ‘Deeper In A Sky’ featuring Harkin (aka Sky Larkin’s Katie Harkin), taken from their upcoming new album ‘The Great Distraction’ out on Different Recordings.
Speaking of the new album, Martin says, “The music acknowledges a bleakness and tension, but I think our response is optimistic and euphoric.”
Scottish girl/boy duo LOVE SICK share debut single ‘Bullet’, an ode to both heartbreak and obsession.
The couple met at a work Christmas party when Julie drunkenly let slip to Shaun (who also produced in his spare time) that she always wanted to be a singer. A few weeks later the duo coincidentally bumped into each other at a train station, and the rest is cosmic pop.
They write melodic shoegaze pop with a tint of nostalgia, so we asked them to put together a playlist for us and this is what they came up with…
“When making a playlist there is no need or worth in pondering for too long. You could get a totally different bunch of songs from us if you asked us an hour earlier so it seems there is no wrong or right choices. All of these songs are perfect in their own right and their originality stands out. We threw songs around the van (we’re driving to QLD at the moment) and these ones stuck. You could say it’s our driving sound track.”
The The – This is the Day
Odd ball pop that manages to be left of centre and still catchy enough to be a top ten hit. It should have been a top ten hit!
Body Type – Breakdown
Body Type are a great new Sydney band. We did a remix of this song which is in no way usual for us. It doesn’t beat the original.
Slim Dusty – The Biggest Disappointment
An Australian Country music legend, “the Biggest Disappointment” is taken from one of Slim Dusty’s 105 albums. We really identify with the sentiment.
Lower Dens – I Get Nervous
I instantly loved this song when i first heard it. Totally Captivating.
The Go-Betweens – Apology Accepted
One of my favourite songs from one of my favourite bands. We’ve covered this a few times with varying degrees of success.
Skeeter Davis and Bobby Bare – Invisible Tears
Curtis listens to this song in the shower every day. Curtis showers twice a day.
Songs: Ohia – Farewell Transmission
There aren’t many songs that manage to hold our attention for 7 minutes. This is one of them. It’s a beautiful song.
The Triffids – Goodbye Little Boy
Another Australian band that deserved way more attention than they received. Every Triffids song that Jill Birt sings are amazing, none more than “Goodbye Little Boy”
The Soft Boys – Queen of Eyes
Perfectly Skewed Guitar Pop
Echo and the Bunnymen – Bring On the Dancing Horses
Our Keyboard player is missing our Australian tour as he’s in Canada. This is one of his favourite Bunnymen Tracks. We miss you Jord!
Sounds like: Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church, Kurt Vile
Bristol quartet New Carnival have just dropped ‘Solid Gold’.
‘Solid Gold’ a luscious indie rock ballad with a fiery underbelly. Much like the fascination of gold itself, the track draws listeners in, immediately turning them into a hypnotic state as lead singer Max Radford purrs “come a little closer, move a little nearer”.
You can catch them at the Omeara in London on 21 September.
Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay
Mushroom People is a German electronic trio who all used to be in rock bands.
With some decent remixes under their belt (including XYLØ, NoMBe, Rainsford), Mushroom People have released their own track called ‘Wisdom Talk’, which sways more towards the contemporary pop sound than rock, although if you listen carefully you may find some powerful influences in there.
JOME is the project of Los Angeles-based songwriter, Jesse Marc.
He has teamed up with New Orleanian writer/producer Christoph Andersson (G-Eazy, OliviaO’Brien, Monopol) on ‘Crystalline’.
JOME explains, “Crystalline is a song about getting away from our modern addictions to technology and immediacy. It was written for someone really close to us who was going through a tough time, as a reminder that everything will settle in time.”
German-based Satin Jackets teams up with British singer, David Harks on ‘Northern Lights’.
As with all of Satin Jackets’ music, ‘Northern Lights’ has a distinct cosmic vibe, which is to be expected with the title of the song. Add to the mix, nostalgic vocal tones and reflective melodies, to create a breathtaking listening experience.
It’s out today on Eskimo Recordings.
Sounds like: Empire Of The Sun, Goldroom, RAC, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Du Tonc, Future Islands, Phoenix
Love songs don’t have to be all about the doom and gloom of a relationship, they can be about the music you adore. Brooklyn locals, Secret Weapons do just this with uplifting new single, ‘Comeback Season’.
The twosome deliver a positive message about overcoming the odds (specifically the struggles they encountered whilst writing their album), which is further highlighted by the delightful addition of a gospel choir!
It’s out now via Epic.
Sounds like: Youngr, The 1975, Lionel Richie, The Levity, The Island Club, Ghost Beach, Backstreet Boys, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks
We receive a huge amount of submissions via SubmitHub, and unfortunately cannot review all of the tracks, so we have decided to compile those tracks into a weekly segment of gems we’ve particularly enjoyed.
Dream Lake – Midnight Sun
Swedish electro-pop duo Dream Lake share the dreamy ‘Midnight Sun’.
This song perfectly encapsulates the airy, long days of light during the summer in Sweden, with dreamy vocals and romantic keys.
US-based Tigers and Thieves share ‘Change Your Mind’, an indie rock track that has all the markings of a hit, despite being recorded in their garage studio. It’s been mixed by Brian McTear (TheWar on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, LocalNatives).
Sounds like: Local Natives, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, alt-J, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Nick Mulvey
Meet Australia’s finest new musical export, Tigertown.
Tigertown’s new track ‘Warriors’ manages to reach new euphoric heights. Much like glitter itself, it brightens up and idealises the concept of love, but who cares as everyone loves glitter and love, right?!
The track is out today on Neon Gold and they will be touring with Tove Lo in July and VÉRITÉ in August and September.
Sounds like: Of Monsters and Men, Passion Pit, The Naked and Famous, Tove Lo, St. Lucia, Crystal Fighters