With the cold weather drawing in and the ostentatious festivities of Christmas drawing ever closer, there’s plenty of new music penetrating through storm Angus. Here’s the five artists that have been whetting our appetite this week.
Off the back of the release of her EP, Park , an EP entirely written, reordered and mixed in her east London bedroom studio, Laurel is flying high. Having teased us with a few singles including my favourite ‘Hurricane’, her delicate vocals sit alongside brash guitars and interesting melodies, creating a unique and modern pop sound. Listen to ‘Hurricane’ below.
The legendary french duo are back with their brand new album Woman, sticking to their usual funky disco rock style. After fives years without an album, they’ve described it as ‘their most joyful album yet’. Filled with jazzy synths and powerful beats, it’s truly a delightful album and a welcome addition to their brimming back catalogue. Listen to ‘Alakazam!’ below.
Having been on the radar of media heavyweights NME and The Guardian for some time, Hinds released their first album Leave Me Alone in early 2016 and have returned with bizarrely a cover of a Los Nasty’s song, ‘Holograma’ . An ode to their earlier beginnings as their original incarnation, ‘Deers’. The Spanish quartet go into unchartered territory with their first release in their native language, however coupled with the stunning b-side (weirdly, another cover) ‘When It Comes To You’, a stunning slice of hazy and sombre pop, a nice contrast to the leading track. Listen to ‘When It Comes To You’ below.
The Wave Pictures
By no means a new band, these Leicester boys have been around since the late nineties with a series of self released albums. After signing their first record deal with now-legendary Moshi Moshi Records, they have gone from release to release, being one of the busiest bands in the circuit.. Now, they return with their new album Bamboo Diner in The Rain a wonderfully traditional album, focusing on a garage rock style with vintage bluesy guitars.
Avant-garde pop group Virginia Wing return with their sophomore album Forward Constant Motion an intriguing and unique album that sees the now-duo explore mechanical and industrial sounds, and mix these with sparse, breathy vocals and stuttering synth lines. You really won’t hear an album like this for a while.Fred Stiddard