While your favourite New Music Editor cavorts around the south of France, your News Editor takes the helm of your favourites tracks this week. Here’s what’s taking off:
Villagers – Fool
With a jittery, technology-influenced aesthetic running through it’s veins, Conor O’Brien returns with Villagers. ‘Fool’ explores the more full-bodied notions of his earlier work to create something expansive while endearingly subtle.
The Goon Sax – We Can’t Win
A last vignette before the release of their new record We’re Not Talking, We Can’t Win is a solumn lament on a broken heart and the disruption of distance. Over contrastingly bright acoustic guitars, the group paint a tender picture of fragility with a real sense of direction.
Starlight Magic Hour – Song To Bethy
Manchester’s Starlight Magic Hour summon the magic of lurid, guttural rock n roll that’s drunken and protruding. Gratuitous yet compassionate, ‘Song To Bethy’ breathes heavily over loose brass and strutting acoustic from within a dingy bar, singing a modern shanty for the degenerates.
Interpol – If you Really Love Nothing
With their new album Marauder, Interpol embraced a new sense of polished production and on ‘If You Really Love Nothing’, explore the disdain for modern life and normalised society. It’s a return to form for the New York trio, moody but with a sense of purpose.
Gently Tender – Avez-Vous Déjà
The second single to arrive from the London group, Gently Tender’s tranquil songwriting on ‘Avez-Vous Déjà’ evokes a sense of psychedelic tranquility but with a sultry direction, it’s deep, longing vocal weaved amongst a slowly enveloping vintage synth sound.
Slonk – Joe, Just Admit You Could Be A Wicked Postman!
This new cut from a forthcoming collection of demos and rarities was released alongside Slonk’s second record Everything Falls Into Place. The track is forthright and spirited, possessing another personally-inflected chorus that can be shouted along with.
Blood Orange – Saint
A stunning cut from Dev Hynes’ new record Negro Swan, ‘Saint’ simmers under a lo-fi neo-soul beat, evoking the feeling of amorously shuffling with someone on the dance floor as much as shedding a tear in your room. It’s nostalgic, bold and wistful.
Part Time – I Can Treat You Better (feat. Ariel Pink)
Minimalistic swooning from the mind of David Loca, a seasoned veteran of the lo-fi independent release. Taken from the forthcoming record Spell #6, ‘I Can Treat You Better’ is a swaying admission of love and yearning featuring one Ariel Pink.
Kikagaku Moyo – Dripping Sun
A storming, unfathomably cool brace from the Japanese psych group. Evolving their sound into something more frantic and heated – whilst still retaining their favourable sense of looseness in structure – ‘Dripping Sun’ melts slowly and pleasingly.
Christine and the Queens – 5 Dollars
Frantically meticulous in approach and purposefully considered in presentation, 5 Dollars is a distinctive examination of love. Over spacious, emphatic synths, the track crafts a story of sex and power, proving Héloïse Letissier to once again be one of the most understated artists in pop.