Photo by Sam Nahirny
I have finally purged my body of all food and drink consumed during the holiday period, and so am now able to physically move again. Whilst in my state of food/beer paralysis however, I did manage to take in some great new music. Have a look at our faves from the last week (or so):
Poisonous Birds – Big Water
Bristol’s Poisonous Birds unfurled this new track just before new year. From the first pulses of the distorted synth, ‘Big Water’ is a dense, ever-expanding piece. With loose-post rock sensibilities, the punching drums, sweet falsetto vocals and thick, static bass line twist around each other, with brief moments of light often bursting through the dark clouds. An impressive step forward from the two-piece.
Leeches – Stranger
Bournemouth trio Leeches are back with a massive bang. The band charmed us last year with their garage-rock influenced EP, but ‘Stranger’ is a different beast altogether. It hits hard straight away, with tar-thick guitars and Black Sabbath-esque drums, before stripping back to reveal vocal/guitarist Ben Lowe’s fragile vocal. The mix of vulnerability and heavy riffs is intoxicating, and will leave you salivating for the band’s new EP, out on Friday via Leisure Records.
Listen to the track on DIY now
Shitkid – Yooouuu
We promised in our latest issue that Sweden’s Shitkid was going to have a big year, and judging by this new song, we weren’t wrong. Showing a more fragile side to her usual punk-snarl, ‘Yooouuu’ is incredibly stripped back – literally just bass, drums and Shitkid’s vocals. ‘This will be the last time for me and you, I’ll be going home’ she laments, as the bass drags along in the background. Hauntingly stark, the track’s rawness is hypnotising.
Sad Love – Home
If you have been following our tracks of the week section closely over the last year or so, then Sad Love’s dreamy, drifting sounds may be familiar to you. The band emerged last year under the name Honeymoons, charmed our socks off with their psyche-infused dream pop, but have fully embraced ‘new year new me’ and changed their name to Sad Love. Fear not however, the band are keeping their beautiful sound, and ‘Home’ is their strongest offering yet.
Zed Penguin – The Source of My Dreams
A menacing, intense taste of Zed Penguin’s debut album A Ghost, A Beast. The song buzzes with looping feedback, whilst vocalist Matthew Winter’s beautifully dissonant vocals echo in the background. They’re brash yet melancholic, and the lyrics intensely personal and revealing. Once you’ve dug through the layers, ‘The Source of My Dreams’ is a beautifully rewarding piece.
James Blake – Vincent
A staple of his live set for a while, Jame Blake gave us a pre-Christmas gift of this beautiful cover of Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’. It’s a beautiful, rich piano ballad that yet again shows off just how tear-jerking Blake’s voice is.
Superorganism – Everybody Wants to Be Famous
Bubbling kaleidoscopic pop from seven-piece Frank Ocean faves Superorganism. The track reels you in with its shiny, addictive synths, whilst the subdued vocals dream of being famous. The band look set to have a huge 2018.
Dream Wife – Hey Heartbreaker
Some of you might recognise this chaotic art-punk tune already, and for good reason. The track was the first track on their debut EP, but with their debut album looming large, the band have re-recorded the track. It’s lost none of its energy, but the new layer of paint gives it even more fire.
Check back next week for more of our favourite tracks.