A little alternative 90’s, a little pop-prog, there is something very stadium anthem about “Your Honey” but in the best possible way, as in it’s got a fat tuneful chorus, a chunky guitar foundation and is topped by Rose Yagmur’s f-you absolutely kick ass vocal. And really what more do you need.
Britt aka Brittany Johnson has an unusually delicate and fragile voice, one that sounds like it could go off the rails at any second. In “Trial Period” it floats over an even louder bit of melodic guitar jangle and is best exemplified in the handsomely off kilter bridge near the end. And the first verse mentions giving someone the finger, always a welcome sentiment. The whole thing is reminiscent of wondrous, early 80’s, UK, low-fi post punk trio Marine Girls and is off her exceptional new ep “Kill the Man”. Speaking of which, please have a listen to “Handle It” another super fine track from it below.
Shahrae’s made something sad, sweet and dreamy, marrying quirkiness with a pretty stunning 80’s/90’s R & B groove. “Forget To Forget Me” meanders in the vein of the very best Janet Jackson ballads (“Let’s Wait Awhile”, “Come Back To Me”, “Lonely”), has an exquisitely memorable tune, and is blessed with a vocal full of longing loveliness.
“Birthplace” is such a ridiculously brazen throwback to the old 70’s singer-songwriter AM radio vibe and is so utterly earnest in it’s pursuit of that feeling that if you weren’t told it was a new song you’d have every reason to believe it was born back then. It sounds like a cross between Nilsson (“The Moonbeam Song” specifically), and magnificent cult troubadour Jimmie Spheeris, is about wandering and realizing, is completely tuneful and sweet and as such is completely out of step with today’s pop in the best possible way. It just plain shines.
Going to cut to the chase here: “GWTC” features one of the finer vocal performances you’re gonna hear this year. Elodie Tomlinson’s voice is tough and handsome, world weary in all the right places and the song itself rocks in a completely transcendent fashion from beginning to end. It’s a straight up solo drive on the highway, hair blowing in the wind, life epiphany theme song, a small slab of plush meat and potatoes rock, and it f-ing rules.
Time to rejoice. There’s a new Shormey song in the world and it’s as infectious and glorious as we’ve come to expect. A hazy eighties, lo-fi melodic beauty, “Boogie Island” positively shimmers. The backing track feels like an uplifting spin on Sade’s mighty fine “Why Can’t We Live Together” cover from her own perfect debut album. We wrote about Shormey’s last single back in August and this seems like a pretty damn good reason to repost that also exceptionally fine song, “Cruise”, one more time in case you missed it ! Check it out below.
In 1970, Linda Perhacs made an album called “Parallelograms” full of spaced out gauzy folk melodicism that still sounds outrageously beautiful nearly 50 years later: it’s seriously wonderful. Pristine and evocative, “Heart’s Cry” gorgeously carries the torch of that Perhacs-ian sound, and even touches upon late UK legend Sandy Denny’s timeless, cryptic and amazing folk, particularly her tracks “All Our Days” and “The Music Weaver”. Aimee Herbert-Smith’s vocal is as lovely as the aforementioned genius’s and this song is the very definition of timelessness.
Meandering, rippling and full of melodic twists, “U Ouchea” is epically pretty ( clocking in at over 7 minutes) and hazy, bringing to mind Lianne La Havas, Des’ree and our lord and savior Joni M. It’ll feature on Christelle’s forthcoming album “Swim Team”, and as delicate/beautiful/gotta get out of here songs for headphones go, this one’s pretty exquisite and will absolutely take you there.
It’s that time. Here are the latest in wonderful new tunes compiled with love and alive within the latest Weekly New Wonders Playlist. Your new favorite song is waiting for you. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below. Rock on…
That’s young Bryan Ferry, age 28 circa 1973 cutting a fine figure in his leather shirt, brocade jacket, and blue eyes. And here are some equally beautiful things, the latest in wonderful new music by exotic people, all assembled within the Weekly New Wonders Playlist. It’s 2 weeks worth so it’s a little bit fatter than usual. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify and feel free to stare into the Ferryman’s eyes for inspiration.
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