It’s inevitable, but the first weekend selection of this year makes us feel a lot. These collection of singles vary so much in genre, but like always, there’s one theme ringing through: heartfelt narratives.
Read and listen on below.
Up and comer Joe Russell–Brown shares “Post-Youth Depression” from his debut EP. These sound waves venture through “a cheap microphone and laptop in his grandma’s bungalow, capturing his transition from acoustic songwriting to dream-pop band leader.” They’ve got it right when it’s described as lo-fi, yet anthemic. We’re tapping our shoes while holding our ears close.
For fans of: War on Drugs, Ryley Walker, the Babies
Notable Portland, Oregon act Little Star builds a devoted cult audience, a phenomenon easy to explain through their latest release “Providence”. Unconventional pop melodies meet dreary territory-focused alternative in this single we can’t stop playing over and over again.
For fans of: DIIV, the Smiths, Lithics
WIBG, previously known as Wooden Indian Burial Ground, have us holding onto every new blast of shimmering psych rock that we can get ahold of. “Turned On & Terrified” features their iconic basslines, shrieks and instrumental explosions.
For fans of: FUZZ, Oh Sees, Jay Reatard
Harvie Ashby has a way of turning harsh sounds into something easy to digest with wide eyes. “Dagger Tooth” lets listeners crawl through simultaneously aggressive and chill soundscapes. We’re also left with the question, “what difference does it make?”
For fans of: Kevin Morby, Built to Spill, Pavement
LA-based indie pop Young Creatures reveal “Slow”, an eerie and wailing release full of harmonic vocals and charming guitar counterparts.
For fans of: Younghusband, Coconut Records, Tokyo Police Club
UK artist BelAir gave us exactly what we wanted with “All I’ve Learned is to Be the Fool”: an effortless electro-pop single best consumed while wearing pastels in a brightly lit room.
For fans of: Tame Impala, UMO, Foxygen
“I don’t know if running is a good idea – we might be caught this time – no more living in fear” is one hell of a way to introduce yourself, and that’s how Arson Daily chose for this to be. “Dead in My Tracks” narrates a fictitious story of notorious outlaw bandits who have been on the run.
For fans of: Portugal. the Man, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People
French musician and producer NASAYA drops “Snow” via Majestic Casual. The single creates a melancholic atmosphere, with lyrics narrating a feeling of nostalgia. Myra, also featured in the single states, “they are about being in a relationship and hiding things from each other, which inevitably leads to hurting each other wishing you could take back all your mistakes”.
For fans of: Nite Swim, White Hinterland, Che Lingo
Emerging artist Dan Caplen shares “Two Fingers”. The Brixton-based, classically trained musician shares his perception of relationships in a big city and wins us over with this danceable r&b jam.
For fans of: Craig David, John Legend, Blu Cantrell
Jasmin “Jazzo” Walters “Borders” shines through her minimalist approach with sound. “Borders” creates space and heightened sensuality through rhythmic-jazz in the best way.
For fans of: Portishead, Jessy Lanza, Glasser
CLANN is a collaboration between producer, artist, filmmaker and composer Sebastian McKinnon, singer Charlotte Loseth (whose solo project is Sea Oleena) and French violinist Chloe Picard. “Closer” is the lead single from their album Seelie, and has definitely drawn us into their world.
For fans of: Sigur Ros, Burial, Massive Attack
Perth, Australian duo Telete release “Basketball Boy”, a proper announcement to reintroduce everyone to the chamber-pop/synth-gaze genre.
For fans of: White Hinterland, Twin Sister, Chairlift
Dublin musician Alan Maguire shares his dark and brooding single, “Anesthetic”. Reverberating introductions lead into dark narrative that will have darkwave fans shaking wildly over this discovery.
For fans of: Black Marble, Plastique Noir, Soft Kill