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After a day of (mild) excitement due to a red sun, it’s best to calm yourself down with some of our favourite songs from last week:
Slowcoaches – Complex
Our favourite new punk band Slowcoaches rally against toxic masculinity in this explosive single, out on Leisure + District. Unnervingly slow for the first 30 seconds, the song soon blasts outwards, with heavy, unforgiving guitars underscoring the repeated line “you story holds no weight/ you story holds no weight”.
Shamir – Straight Boy
Shedding the bouncing dance-inflected sound of previous album Ratchet, Shamir returns with a intimate, slow song, a kind of grungy ballad, using it to ask “Can someone tell me why, I always seem to let these, straight boys run my life”.
Leon Lazarus & The White Roses – Love In The City
We premiered this on Sunday, but for those who missed it, you’re in for a treat. This debut single from Bristol’s Leon Lazarus & The White Roses is a stadium sized, 80’s influenced guitar pop anthem. Clean, crisp and catchy, this single spells out an exciting future for the project.
Treeboy & Arc – Merge
If you’ve even been half paying attention to UK music recently you’d have noticed that Leeds has been spitting out some incredible dark post-punk bands recently, and Treeboy & Arc are the next to join the list. ‘Merge’ is a sludgy, grungy assault, held together by a thunderous bassline.
St Vincent – Pills
St Vincent made a welcome return this week with her fantastic new album MASSEDUCATION. ‘Pills’, the latest single off the album, uses it’s bubbly production to hide the darkness beneath, much like the multitude of pills that are listed off in the chorus. The song breaks down half way through, the rubbery sheen dropped so St Vincent can darkly implore “Come all you villains, come one and all, Come all you killers, come join the war”
Luxury Death – Kids of the Club
Growing on the brilliance of their ‘Glue EP’ from earlier this year, Luxury Death create some adicitve art-pop on this new single. Relatively stripped back, with clattering drums and a whirring synth line forcing themselves to the fore, it conjures the hedonistic feel of the highpoint of a night, whilst feeling calming and lo-fi at the same time.
The Karma Repair Kit – Irony
Bristol post-punks The Karma Repair Kit are back, this time with the crushing ‘Irony’. The deceptively calm verses clash spectacularly with the crunching guitars of the chorus, taking lead vocalist Jamie Thomas’ quiet whisper to a gravelly yell. You can get the track now alongside a zine the band compiled, which features contributions from LICE, Fenne Lily and loads of others.
Porches – Country
After the ice cold funk of his last album, Porches’ warm, intimate return on ‘Country’ is a surprise. With soft, swelling synth notes twinkling in the background, Porches layers harmonies and vocal lines into a beautiful, swirling dream.
Meadowlark – May I Have This Dance
After the success of their debut album earlier this year, and the tour that went with it, Bristol’s Meadowlark have released this stripped back cover of Francis and the Lights’ song ‘May I Have This Dance’. The band say that they have been obsessed with the song since they first heard it, and their cover puts a whole new spin to it.
Gillbanks – A Walk in The Park
Emerging out of the bedroom of Sam Gillbanks, but now as a fully formed project, this new single is a fuzzy slacker dreamer. Minimal and lo-fi at first, the track explodes out, with cascading synths dancing over the top of the the blissful guitars. The track will be coming out as part of a new AA-side single soon.
Check back next week for more of our favourite tracks.