Birmingham electro-pop, jazz-inspired trio Lycio shares new single, ‘Young Ties’.
A moody yet enjoyable journey full of musical and emotional contrast between deliberate and powerful textures, using vulnerable versus, massive choruses and driving bass lines.
Of the track, frontwoman Genie Mendez explains,
“Young ties is about mental health. Trying to understand how my head works, whether it’s a gift or a curse (‘the beauty that’s inside my mind’), and then trying to accept it (‘I’ll go where you are taking me’). Then of course everyone’s getting on with their daily routine not knowing the struggle of those around them (‘all the young men in long ties…’). And of course ‘can you bring me home/can you take control’ is a question for my own head. I’m asking my mind if it can really handle this, if we can bounce back from it.”
Sounds like: Foxes, Dua Lipa, Birdy, London Grammar, Grace Carter, Jack Garratt, YONAKA, Gwen Stefani
Effortlessly combining apt songwriting with progressive, electronic textures, Lycio perform everything live to enhance the experience. We can’t wait to see them perform, and we’ll be playing ‘Saharan King’ during the wait.
T.O.L.D stands for ‘The Order of Life and Death’ and is the project of the British-born, Dan Smith.
His new track ‘Return Forever’ is gospel synth pop. From timid beginnings, the track has a surprisingly uplifting chorus, reminiscent of his last hit ‘Lucifer’s Eyes’.
Written with Jas from Simian Mobile Disco, T.O.L.D say “we spend a day in his studio in London fucking around with synths & drum machines, three years later this song emerged from a studio in Echo Park. A kind of Nietzchean dance song.”
Amateur Best is the alias of Birmingham-based “personal pop” musician, songwriter, and producer Joe Flory.
His new video for ‘They Know’ has been directed by Effie Pappa and is “inspired by the warmth and paranoia of John Carpenter’s best horror movies” and builds up to the foreboding chorus refrain: “It’s like they know what’s coming next, it’s like there’s not point running. It’s like we’re hanging on the edge of the end, it’s like we never had a chance to run.”
The track has been taken from his long awaited second album ‘The Gleaners’, which will be released on 2 October, as well as the single, via Brille Records (The Knife, Gwilym Gold, John Wizards).