Colour Me Wednesday – Sunriser
Hitting that sweet spot between power pop punk and bittersweet harmonies, London Girl gang Colour Me Wednesday’s ‘Sunriser’ is a self-aware romp powered by a rhythm section that manages to recall both the craftiness of Pixies and Belly. While its sun kissed glistening guitars and fearless vocals sit snugly alongside the gleaming empowered sound of Charly Bliss. It’s about a serious relationship ending because of your partner’s mistakes yet still the onus is on you to be the strong one. Summery pop never sounded so complicated and never sounded so good! Its lifted from their second album Counting Pennies in the Afterlife which is out now! (BC)
Eloïse – Suckers
Lana del Rey meets Banks might briefly sum up this track by Colchester-based noir-pop artist Eloïse, who specialises in creating her very own stylised world, inhabited by stylish 1980s New York nightclub dwellers, French Queens (meaning Royalty), Jesus, Elvis, and on this particular song, ‘Suckers’, more mundane loveless relationships with boys in cheap suits. That’s perhaps the only way in Essex.
She also has the knack of ensuring her songs have a dark, sinister and twisted edge to them as she unites pop, electronica and R&B into a signature style of her own. There is additionally a degree of maturity in work that is surprising for someone yet to turn 20.
It’s gratifying to hear someone who is prepared to make bold statements at a young age. (DB)
respectfulchild – Glitter
Bewitching is possibly the only word to describe this calming, Zen-like piece of delicate instrumental music from Canadian-based solo musician respectfulchild’s debut album Searching.
There are echoes of landmark ambient and experimental pieces – the liquid atmospherics of The Irresistible Force’s classic remix of Coldcut’s ‘Autumn Leaves’ perhaps, or the restlessly reverberating plucked strings of Steve Reich – but ‘Glitter’ has a mood and charm all of its own. Gan or 敬兒– whose name, given to them by their grandmother, translates as respectfulchild in mandarin, has been on tour across the UK in recent weeks, appearing alongside former Can frontman Damo Suzuki in one of his live improvisation sessions.
Playing looped up violin and using the character of his breath – a common theme in ‘Glitter’ too – to add to the slowly enveloping sonics, he’ll round off the tour with dates at The Great Escape on May 18 (Unitarian Church, Brighton) and 19 (Green Door Store, Brighton).
Released this week on Coax Records. (BW)
Conformist – ‘Trust Exercises’ (Man Without Country Remix)
Cardiff producer Conformist (aka Michael Simmons) is releasing a remixed re-imagination of his 2016 album Lifestyle Bible. The new aptly titled ‘Lifestyle Revised’ features some reinterpretations of Conformist tracks by some of the key figures in the current underground Electronic scene, and will also be released via Consumer Consumer. The first mix comes of ‘Trust Exercises’ with fellow Welsh artist Man Without country adding a wide-screen framing to this adventurous cut. (BC)
Snail Mail – Let’s Find An Out
Following the super singles ‘Pristine’ and ‘Heat Wave’, Snail Mail has shared the third song from brilliant forthcoming debut album Lush (out June 8 on Matador). 18 year old Lindsey Jordan aka Snail Mail is a prodigious talent and her new single ‘Let’s Find An Out’ shows her more restrained subtle side. Chiming guitar arpeggios like watching the dying of the sun on a summer evening its garnished with her wistful, evocative vocals that are shot through with an excovation of growing pains, heartbreak and memory; sumptuous.
Snail Mail has announced a new London headline show at The Dome on October 25. This follows a sold-out date at Oslo on May 15 and a slot at Great Escape Festival. (BC)