Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Keep Dancing Inc - Silent & Satisfied

Unveiling their fourth single of the year, Parisian trio Keep Dancing Inc return with their buoyant new effort Silent & Satisfied. Switching guitars for synths, the three-piece deliver an arpeggiated onslaught of pulsating melodies and dazzling new wave sounds. "Louis wrote this song after spending a perfect afternoon on the lake with some friends and we were so in love with his first demo that we didn’t change much to it. In the end it’s really a song about enjoying the simple pleasures of life and seizing the moment. Hope you’ll vibe to it." Take a listen for yourselves below.

Photo: Ella Herme

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Norma Jean Martine - Basketball

Drawing inspiration from an illusive pop-perfected blueprint, Norma Jean Martine returns with her empowering new single Basketball. The self-validating effort tackles the personal topic of love and questions if it's okay to be alone. Speaking more on the track Norma shared: "Writing this song was sort of therapy for me to work out if the first boyfriend was a rebound boy, or if the new one was. I was trying to work out why I needed to be with someone constantly, and why I was so afraid to be alone.I was a person that thrived off of outside validation. I wasn’t comfortable with myself, and I didn’t love myself in a genuine, authentic way, so I needed continuous approval; as a singer, a songwriter, a woman, and a person. By never being alone, I never gave myself time to process the shifts in my life. I was numbing the pain with distraction and trying to fix other people so I didn’t have to fix myself. I didn’t have space to be me, I was afraid to sit with my shit and take responsibility for my life." Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Dominic Wolf - All And Nothing (Official Video)

London-based artist Dominic Wolf has recently shared the official video to his latest single All And Nothing. Taken from his upcoming EP the track's slacker energy oozes itself in to life through slinky basslines and infectious guitar melodies. Speaking about the track, the singer-songwriter and producer said: “I wrote “All And Nothing” in the early days of the coronavirus quarantine. A time where many bad things got considerably worse for me pretty much overnight. My experience dealing with this sudden change made me think of what really matters in a different way, which is why the title “All And Nothing” made sense. At the same time,I had been listening to a lot of old western music, bands like Sons Of The Pioneers, which influenced the way I approached the guitar sounds and vocal harmonies.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Flyte - Losing You

Last week saw Flyte return with their sensational new single Losing You. Collaborating with Bafta-Winner Mark Jenkin on their latest video the band invest their soulful, tender sounds in to a tale of heartbreak written by lead singer Will Taylor last year. "Every detail of Losing You is taken directly from the week after a breakup," explains Will in more detail. "We actually got back together and years later it ended again but this time the roles had been reversed. It felt strangely poignant singing a song that I was initially directing at someone who’d hurt me, to then turn it around and sing it back at myself.  I don’t think Flyte was ready to take on this song until now. We were finally confident enough to just play the song and not add any extra production, and let the lyrics do all the talking. Andrew Sarlo wanted it to feel like the track never left the lonely bedroom. Like the band just came over, jammed out the song and that was that". Take a listen for yourselves below.


5 piece, Driffield, East Yorkshire based outfit Priestgate returned recently with their brand new single Now. Discussing the track in detail, Priestgate explain:‘Now’ is our ode to understanding life the way it really stands. As a band and group of friends, we all know we have made our fair share of mistakes. We also know that everyone listening has made their fair share too, and will continue to mess up inevitably along the way in their individual journeys, just as equally as we will too. Our collective perception of the experiences in our youth have been distilled and refined into ‘NOW’. We have taken inspiration from RIDE, The Cure and Slowdive, curdling them together into a sonic tonic ready for fresh digestion and growth into our styles. The result is pulsing, rhythmic and breathing with young life." Take a listen for yourselves below.

Friday, 24 July 2020

Pølaroit - Underwater ft. Margret

German electronic producer duo Pølaroit return with their stunning new single Underwater. Taken form the pair's forthcoming new EP entitled 'Pure', the track's subdued elements and atmospheric breaks showcase their unique talents in stark detail with another fantastic effort. Enlisting the aide of vocalist Margret they add further dynamics to its already glittering textures and soothing intamcy. Take a listen for yourselves below.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Dirty Nice - Sunshine End Times

In the exceptional world of music blogging, 14 days soon becomes the archives on new music submissions. However digging through my older emails, Dirty Nice prove just why I never mass delete. Returning with their new single, Sunshine End Times, the alt-pop duo based out of Bournemouth unleash their infectious, sickly sweet melodies to great effect. Wasting no time in unravelling through quick fire percussion and sea-side inspired synth notes reminiscent of the arcade's organ chines, the track's happy-go-lucky charm keeps us on loop and salivating for more. "Although written last year, the deep dark depths of lockdown inevitably imbued the song with new and more morose meaning" the pair explain. "It came to life the morning after the UK general election. The conservatives had won a landslide victory, led by a liar. That made two mad men, with equally mad hair, supposedly in charge of actual countries full of actual people, many of whom had inexplicably given them their trust. Meanwhile, the planet had decided to burst into flames -the Amazon, California, Australia. Times were deeply worrying and deeply strange. But surely they couldn’t get much worse? Cue Corona. Cue lockdown. Cue our government’s inept response. Cue Dominic Cummings, slippery as always, breaking his own rules and getting away with it. Cue protests against institutional racism being met with more oppression and force. A world already off balance, given that little extra push. Tumbling, flailing, picking up pace, and now here we are, still free falling, reaching out for a hand to hold". Take a listen for yourselves below. In the build up to each release they’ll be releasing graphics on their Instagram page, underlining the importance of the visual aesthetic to their project.


Sunday, 19 July 2020

Pynch - Somebody Else (Official Video)

Every so often, a band comes along to remind me of all the reasons why I fell in love with the discovery of new music. There's also something to be said when it's found organically too, with no PR spiel force-fed down my throat. Case-in-point, the emergence of Chillburn-based outfit Pynch following a recommended listen on Spotify. The band recently shared their new single Somebody Else that goes some way to break the traditions of modern day life with its tongue-in-cheek lyrics and longing sense of escapism. Built on a hotbed of thumping percussion and nostalgic 8-bit synth melodies comes a gorgeously layered, guitar rolling jam that continues to get richer upon each listen. It's certainly been a long time since I've played a single back to back to this extent before, and I love it all the more for it. Take a listen above for yourselves with the official video streaming below.