Welcome to the second dose of ‘Tracks of The Week’ our picks of our favourite new tracks from the past seven days. Enjoy this eclectic bite-size playlist to see you through the weekend below.
Tulipomania– On the Outside: New single from the Philadelphia band is a dark, mournful number with a sinuous percussion and strings that stab, rumble, and guitars and synth that scald. It is like looking from the outside in bewilderment at the nightmarish shadowy fake news agenda..
Chew Magna – Learning how to Swim: The latest project from members of Songs For Walter, Young British Artists, and Hot Shorts, ‘Learning How To Swim’ is the product of a single night’s recording. They deliver the purest of ’90s indie rock fuzzy fun, the beef of Dinosaur Jr and lean songwriting chops of Pavement. Lots of fun, basically.
Beaches– ‘Arrow’ : Is a scorching garage-rock song from this Australian girl gang. Featuring a blizzard of chiming psych riffs and propelling baselines, intertwined by bittersweet harmonies with outsider lyrics that are just tantalisingly out of reach…
Joshua Burnside – ‘Holllllogram feat Alana Henderson‘: The new single from Northern Irish singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside a tender duet with Alana Henderson (cellist and backing singer for Hozier). A wistful folk pop song redolent of the likes of Iron and Wine and Willy Mason. ‘Holllllogram’ is about a teenage couple from a small town who break up, grow up and move away from each other.
Ibeyi (feat. Kamasi Washington) – Deathless: A little more instrumental than their previous material features some saxophone work from the ever-excellent Kamasi Washington. Main vocalist Lisa-Kaindé Diaz notes its intended to be a “anthem for everybody. For every minority. For everybody that feels that they are nothing, that feels small, that feels not cared about and I want them to listen to our song and for three minutes feel large, powerful, deathless.”
Mogwai – From their new album Every Country’s Sun, ‘Don’t Believe the Fife’‘s subtle, restrained opening 4 minutes that could almost pass for Avalon-era Roxy Music, are suddenly hijacked by a monster blast of guitar fuzz and Fridmann cranking everything up to 11.
St. Vincent‘s ‘New York’ : One of the stand-out songs of 2017 so far, its ripe with contradiction and longing and a subtle arrangement, this week the video was revealed. “‘New York’ is really a composite for me – it’s everybody I love in that song, it’s my whole life in a song,” says St. Vincent.