Hot new tunes in time for the heatwave. Is it really going to reach 45 degrees next week? I'm getting sunburn just thinking about it...
‘Mountain of Dreams’ – FEVRMOON
If the ascending piano and dreamy vocals don’t put you in a trance, then the symphonic strings most certainly will. This track is utterly hypnotic – I have a tendency to overuse that word, but honestly, this is some Derren-Brown-level shit. I’m not even sure what genre to classify this as? Parts of it feel very digital such as the warping sub-bass and numerous vocal effects, but other parts such as the piano and sighed-out vocal delivery have a very earthy feel. It’s one of the most fascinating sounds I’ve heard all year.
‘For All I Know’ – Hugo Cottu
This track’s smoother than a quantum stabilised atom mirror (and trust me, that’s smooooth). Nocturnal synths, suspended guitars and slow drums form an atmospheric backdrop for the English/French singer’s fragile and yearning vocals. From the subdued first verse to the wailing guitars in the outro, it oozes emotion. The frustrated lyrics really fit despite Hugo confessing that they were mostly improvised.
‘Hues’ – concrete concrete
A lot of math rock groups favour technicality at the expense of melody, but Brooklyn rock trio concrete concrete manage to be both crazily technical and beautifully melodic. There’s a strong jazz flavour in their sound and the half-whispered vocals provide a nice contrast to the frenetic instrumentation (even if they do take some getting used to). ‘Hues’ is straight off the band’s upcoming album Drifter set to be released on the 2nd of August.
‘A Sun-Filled Room’ – The Warp/The Weft
I have to admit, the vibraAaAaAato-heavy vocals had me scrambling for the pause button at first, but I thankfully restrained myself and let the track play out. There’s some really interesting guitar work in this song and the theatrical vocals start to grow their own kooky appeal by the end of the track (I’m almost reminded of Serj Tankian at points).
‘Organ Farmer’ – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
These guys are so prolific I can barely keep up with their new material. They’re already gearing up to release their second album this year (although that’s nothing compared to the five albums they dropped in 2017). ‘Cyboogie’ saw them shifting from prog rock to synthpop – and now they’re making thrash metal. I’m loving how raw the production is and the theme is pretty cool too. Hang onto you kidneys!
‘Generational Divide’ – Blink-182
I’d barely sat down and put my headphones on and the song ended. I guess it’s still not as short as ‘Built This Pool’ – but it’s not as funny either. GIMME MORE LYRICS ABOUT NUDE GUYS IN A POOL