New Music Friday: 18th January 2013
This week's edition of New Music Friday is brought to you by the letter H. Horses, hostages and HMV have been in the news over the past few days, and while there are no bands beginning with the letter H in this week's rundown of the best new music around, there's plenty of happiness awaiting my readers nonetheless, as I've come up with another strong selection of songs for your delectation. We have our usual 15 tracks, so there's plenty of meat on this column's bones this week. It's 100% beef, promise. Right, enough horsing around - let's get into it.
Track of the Week: The Teen Age - 'Evil'
Brooklyn has a reputation for being a musical hotbed, but rarely for music as impassioned as this. Very little is known about the four Brooklynites who make up The Teen Age, but one thing's for sure: they can certainly write hooks. The squall of noise that kicks off new track 'Evil' leads into a garage-pop song that sounds deceptively effortless. Much like the conflict that bubbles beneath the song's peppy chorus ("Am I evil, or just in love?"), the impression is that writing songs like this is tougher than it seems. Hopefully there's more where this came from.
Tera Melos - 'Tropic Lame'
Anyone who follows Tera Melos on Twitter will know that they, in tandem with their label, have been teasing fans about the release of their long-awaited third album. Well, the wait is finally over, and along with the announcement that the aforementioned LP will be called X'ed Out and released on April 16th via Sargent House, they've also released a cracker of a new song. Called 'Tropic Lame', it's like nothing they've written before. The band are known for being unconventional, but have seemingly discovered that simplicity also has its place, and the result is a lo-fi pop song (seriously) that works wonders. It's a free download too!
Sukh - 'Kings'
Sukhdep Krishan got his start in music at the age of 16 when he was scoring films in school, currently has a short film in post-production, and has a day job as a doctor. He doesn't half keep himself busy, and he's somehow found time to write his debut single, too. 'Kings' combines influences like Beirut, Neil Young and Sufjan Stevens to great effect. If he can keep the work/life balance intact, Sukh may well have a bright future ahead of him - based on this uplifting chamber-folk treat, he certainly deserves to.
This week has been all about preparation. In between writing a scary amount of reviews as I try to get my schedule cleared for next week, I've been making plans for college, having received my offer on Monday and immediately accepted. I've also been booking flights and coach trips for next week - I'm going to Bristol for a few days. [read more]
A year (and two days) ago, I got my first review published on the 405. It was this. So to commemorate my one-year anniversary as a member of the writing team, and also to mark seven months of this column in its current guise as New Music Friday - nope, not six, because I completely forgot to do something last month - there's a larger helping of new music coming this week. [read more]
Boy, oh boy, am I glad to be getting this one out of the way. Weeks like this are why I started doing this column in the first place, but holy shit, actually deciding what would make the cut this week was, er, difficult. As you can imagine, I get sent a lot of new music in a week; on my best days, I get to listen to roughly half of it. [read more]
Writing with a sprained wrist is never an easy thing to do, but we all have our crosses to bear. I've been having somewhat of a torrid time this week, certainly in terms of my health, having received an unwanted birthday present in the form of the slapcheek virus. It's neither as comical or as involuntary as its name might suggest, but it wreaks havoc on one's joints. Then I managed to make it worse yesterday. One gold star for me. [read more]