Have a dip into our favourite new songs below:
Herbal Tea and Oliver Wilde – Without You, Die Hard’s Not The Same
One of Bristol’s most intriguing new acts joins forces with one of the best songwriters the city has – arguably – ever produced to deliver a bit of Christmas sorrow. Wrapped up in Oliver Wilde’s usual warmth, ‘Without You, Die Hard’s Not The Same’ is enthralling, the pair’s vocals melancholically intertwining as guitars wrap around them.
Protection Spells – Bleed Through Sheet
Ethereal, gothic dream-pop from Protection Spells. Absolutely drenched in reverb, ‘Bleed Through The Sheets’ shimmers with a supernatural quality, the ice cold guitars and isolated vocals creating a layer of swirling mist around the track.
Phoebe Bridgers – Friday I’m In Love
Despite her debut album dropping last year, it could be argued that 2018 was Phoebe Bridger’s breakout year, the year that most sat up and realised quite how exceptional a songwriter she is. She ends the year with this darkly glimmering version of a Cure classic, full of haunting harmonies and twinking guitar. A fantastic end to a stunning year.
Homeshake – Nothing Could Be Better
More tender bedroom-funk from Homeshake. The track’s sparse 80’s drum machine keeps it ticking over, whilst wobbly keys and Homeshake’s signature falsetto drip with angst and sorrow. Another tantalising look at his new album.
Pictures of Belgrade – Christmassy
Another pretty depressing take on the festive season. Pictures of Belgrades opens up about his despondency to Christmas, admitting that he’s struggling to really, truly get excited about the season. We’ve all been there pal.
Benjamin Spike Saunders – Routine Comes First
Beautiful, touching lo-fi balladry from Bristol’s Benjamin Spike Saunders. Clocking in at little over one minute, this warm little number’s brittle guitar and intimate vocals pull you in close, wrapping their arms around you before being pulling away again with brutal speed.
The Beths – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
A classy, classic Christmas cover from one of our favourite bands of the year. I mean you already know the song, but The Beths do it more than justice, with sweet backing harmonies, soaring violins and an absolutely shredding guitar solo. The perfect stocking present.
Bodega Sisters – Clicks, Cliques
We premiered this dreamy number last week, but if you haven’t given it a listen yet, drink in its Swedish goodness now.