Like a piece of candy that’s been soaking in a a barrel of vodka, the tuneful “Daydream” is a woozy, pretty confection featuring some memorable carnivalesque keyboard flourishes in it’s dizzy body and is reminiscent of some of Ariel Pink’s more embraceable moments.
“Slip Away” is a panicked, and anxious marriage of britpop and power pop, both a little Ash, and a little Cheap Trick, and employs the classic model of deceptively cheery melody/ bad news lyrics. It’s a simple and compact anthem, sticky as hell and pretty damn cool.
While there is an undeniable air of Cocteau Twins about this ( always a welcome thing), this also brought to mind this antique instrumental off Paul McCartney’s homespun, and first, self titled solo album, “Hot As Sun”. “Primavera Feel” is basically the melodic equivalent of shafts of light spilling through the trees on a sunny afternoon. It’s gauzy, and fat, and really, really handsome.
Here’s some real heart medicine, the latest in soul squeezing, daydream soundtracking, fever inducing pop songs for your every need…in other words, it’s time for the Weekly New Wonders Playlist. You know the drill: you can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify but note that there are actually 5 tracks only available on the former at the moment ! And they are awesome so if you are a strict Spotify-Head, please cave this week and check out the Soundcloud too ! Dig in my people…
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World weary, murky and the aural equivalent of having all the shades pulled down in the daytime, this debut single from Grand Pax is both glorious and haunting, with a vocal not a million miles away from Sky Ferreira’s darker moments. Completely hypnotic and utterly special.
Spare, melodic and gloriously insidious as in it’s hard to get “Tall Order”out of your head once you’ve been introduced to it. It’s full of contradiction i.e. it’s both assertive and glass figurine delicate on the vocal side, while being both specific and utterly cryptic on the lyric side. A real flower in a field full of weeds, and a real pop beauty.
It’s that time again, time for some new heart swelling songs from some exceptional people i.e. it’s the Weekly New Wonders Playlist. As usual you can listen on Spotify or Soundcloud and as usual, please note, they are ever so slightly different from one another as some tracks are only on Spotify and some are only on Soundcloud. Dig in…
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Welcome to the Weekly New Wonders Playlist featuring the latest in maniacally wonderful songs. As usual there’s some stuff that is only on Soundcloud, and some that is only on Spotify, which is why there are playlists for each, because we absolutely 100% don’t want you to miss a damn thing ! And so you are actively encouraged to listen to both !!
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The last song on an album should always be an epic. It should encapsulate everything that’s come before it, while at the same time steamrolling everything that’s come before it. It usually lasts about 5 minutes, to allow time for maximum self-indulgence, self-importance, and complete awesome-ness ( ex: “Day in the Life”, “Champagne Supernova”, “Purple Rain”). Sydney’s Middle Kids have just released their eagerly awaited debut album “Lost Friends” and as expected it’s a fine thing but want to acknowledge “So Long…”, the closing track, for keeping the aforementioned tradition alive. While it’s only 3 minutes and 25 seconds long, it’s the complete embodiment of a nutso closing track. I can only liken it to freakin’ Celine Dion fronting Explosions in the Sky. It’s a singular space alien in a world full of “normal” people, trying to figure shit out, and it’s going to smother us all…which is to say, it’s really good.
It’s pretty easy to drown inside “Roulette Love Gun”, a psychedelic low rider (seriously) anthem with an over the top, romantically crying guitar riding on a tidal wave sized wall of sound. It’s all pretty overwhelming…in the best possible way. Okay, the low rider reference: it’s a little weird but this one brought to mind an old hit from 1981 by Tierra called “Together” with which it randomly shares a small strand of DNA. Weird yes, but damn, kinda cool too.