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.
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]
What did you do this week? Much of my week was spent in the sun, dealing with 38-degree heat. (That's Celsius, American readers.) When I wasn't doing that, I was rediscovering my love of swimming; I hadn't been in any sort of swimming pool for a few years, but my technique is still basically flawless. [read more]
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. [read more]