New Music Friday: 7th June 2013
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; as an added bonus, it's barbecue weather, so if you need me, I'll be out the back making the most of the first decent stretch of good weather we've had in quite a while. Long may it continue - though if it's back to being overcast, or even raining, by next Tuesday, you won't hear me complaining. This week's baker's dozen of tracks has a much sunnier disposition than I've had recently - I've even broken with tradition and included a remix or two. Here's what you should be listening to right now...
Saturday, Monday - 'The Road[Track of the Week]
I've been keeping an eye on Ludwig Parment for a while now, and I've been excited about hearing new material from his Saturday, Monday project. It turns out that said excitement was entirely justified, as the Swede dropped an absolutely colossal new song this week. 'The Road' is scheduled for release sometime this summer via Despotz Records, and finds Parment moving in a markedly different direction to previous material; following the minimalistic,techno feel of 'The Ocean'. 'The Road' switches things up again for a more expansive experience. It's also the closest thing to a direct pop song that he's written thus far, and its persistent melody and gradual build make it a delight to listen to. Make sure you get on board with 'The Road' now, because it, along with its creator, will be a big deal very soon.
Postiljonen - 'On the Run'
It's not often that two songs from the same country battle it out for the Track of the Week slot in this column, but this is exactly what happened this week. Postiljonen very narrowly missed out, but their new track is still well worth your while if you're in the market for some swoon-worthy dream-pop. Having recently signed to Best Fit Recordings, the Stockholm-based trio release their debut, Skyer, on July 22nd. I can confirm it's an excellent record - 'On the Run' only hints at what the band have in store. The new song is another example of the their prowess, its reverb-heavy drums and the echoing vocals of Mia Bøe the defining elements of a track which indicates a further growth in the band's atmospheric sound.
Lola Colt - 'I Get High if You Get High'
The last of my hghlighted tracks for this week sits in stark contrast to the other two. London-based sextet Lola Colt put forth a much darker proposition on their debut single; 'I Get High if You Get High' is due for release through the Too Pure Singles Club on July 8th (they're having a strong year, might I add), and walks the line between bruising psych and intoxicating fuzz-pop with ease. Led by the commanding presence and powerful vocals of a Dane known only as Gun, the band's powerful sound is presented as something visceral, and their new song is certainly something of a white-knuckle ride. There's a sense of something ominous hanging over everything, and you'll have plenty of time to acquaint yourself with their foreboding sound, as there's an album pencilled in for early next year.
This week, I've mostly been thinking about new things. It's mid-June, but I would much rather it was mid-September so I could go to college again. Such a thing didn't work out for me last year: I tried two different courses and didn't find enough merit in either to devote three years to either of them. [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]
Rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit. Hello all, and welcome to the first New Music Friday column of March 2013. As my column for this week is (if I do say so myself) pretty special. If you happen to be into electronic music, then you're in luck, as I'm shining the spotlight on a few great new tracks this week. That's not all I have in store for you today, though. I'll stop rabbiting on now, and we can get started. As Clint Eastwood would say: "do you feel lucky, punk?" [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]