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.
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]
I don't know if you heard, but apparently the royal baby was born this week. Did anyone see this widely reported on any news channels or anything? Seriously, though - I followed the story on Twitter, and from the sounds of things, the coverage from elsewhere made social networking sites look like they were trying to keep things quiet. [read more]
In just over 24 hours, I'll be touching down in Portugal for a few days worth of holiday. It's just as well, because the weather over here has taken a turn for the worse. Man, I enjoyed those few weeks of 'summer' that we had, so it's great that I'm able to jet off to sunnier and less changeable climes - if you're in the Mediterranean at this time of year, it'll either be really hot or really wet, and I'm hoping for the former. [read more]
If you're frustrated right now because you're stuck in work while it's sunny outside, we're in the same boat - I work three days a week in an office (on stuff that isn't related to music at all, sadly), and definitely wasn't a fan of being trapped inside some place hot and stuffy. I really would much rather have been outside, but thankfully I'm able to make up for that this weekend. [read more]