After a trip to York library this afternoon, I suspect most people have more important things to worry about that the freshest new toonz, so it’s a short and sweet FWD playlist this week…
Outfit – I Want What’s Best
Outfit are a five-piece Liverpudlian outfit with an album out in August. Given the disparate and elusive nature of their releases so far (WHY SPORADICALLY UPLOAD SONGS FOR TWO DAYS? HUH? Stop playing marketing games with me.), it promises to be an interesting listen. This one sounds rather Daft-punk-android-robot influenced, in the best way.
Let’s Away – You & I
Originating from Sunderland, but having recorded this song just o’er yonder in Leeds, Let’s Away are a beautifully doleful band. As some internet-person said, this song could just as easily be played for a first dance at a wedding or for the curtain pull at a funeral.
Fyfe – Conversations
An odd one out in this line-up, being a Southerner (although a Manchester University graduate), but a worthy addition nonetheless. Fyfe’s easy, androgynous voice with those textured drums behind is so woozy and so easy to listen to over and over again.
Marika Hackman – Bath Is Black
Hackman’s on this playlist because although the song has been around since early this year, she’s just released an accompanying video that quite augments the already delicious ‘Bath Is Black’. After being captivated by her performance at Brudenell Social Club a couple of months ago, we await her imminent That Iron Taste album eagerly.
Boards Of Canada – Reach For The Dead
Last Monday, Scottish Boards of Canada tweeted the coordinates for somewhere near the desert outside California, hinting that ‘something’ would happen there at five o’clock. Sixty people showed up and were treated to an entire listening of their new album, Tomorrow’s Harvest, from a set of speakers attached to a trailer. The rest of us will have to wait until June 10th to blast it from our own speakers.
Dean Blunt – Imperial Gold (ft. Joanne Robertson)
This is one of the later tracks from Dean Blunt’s album The Redeemer, which came out at the beginning of this month and comes highly recommended by me. Folk singer Joanne Robertson’s vocals make this the most heart-felt and tender thing I think Blunt’s done yet.
Cloud Boat – Kowloon Bridge (Live at Trinity Church)
Impose magazine wrote a beautiful piece to accompany this song, so I’ll say nothing more.
By Alice Lawrence