Friday 27 September 2019

BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 27/09/2019: False Advertising, George Clanton, M83 and more...

I wish there was a way to go back in time, so that I could unwatch the latest horrific M83 video...


‘Influenza’ – False Advertising

Criminally underrated UK rock act False Advertising are gearing up for the release of a new album BRAINFREEZE. This latest single ‘Influenza’ is a grungy number that sees Jen Hingley taking lead vocals. The chorus is characteristically catchy and loud, made all the more primal by those howling guitar notes. I’m yet to hear a song from these guys that I don’t love.

‘Salary man’ – Kiwi Jr.

‘I am a salary man/ I want cigarettes from Japan that taste like oranges’. Featuring charmingly vivid lyrics and jangly guitars, this new song from Toronto band Kiwi Jr. is deceivingly upbeat considering that it’s actually about the depressing adventures of a workaholic. It’s accompanied by a fun video featuring sharks and radio-active basketballs. The band features Alvvays member Brian Murphy and they have a new album out in January titled Football Money, engineered by Aaron Goldstein and mixed by Graham Walsh of Fuck Buttons.

‘Wiffle’ – King Bug

At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked this. The track is swamped in reverb almost to the point of being a cacophonous wall of sound and I didn’t like that it was inspired by murdering lightning bugs with a wiffle bat. However, it's hypnotic and undeniably creative – the vocals remind me of Animal Collective, whilst that hissing kick drum is utterly unique. The Brooklyn based act has a new EP out, Pierpont, containing similarly psychedelic tunes fuelled by childhood nostalgia.

‘Crash Pad’ – George Clanton ft. Nick Hexum

And now for our ‘unlikely collaboration of the week’. Vaporwave producer George Clanton has teamed up with Nick Hexum (frontman of alt rock band 311) to produce two tracks ‘Crash Pad’ and ‘King For A Day’. You can listen to ‘King For A Day’ here, but personally ‘Crash Pad’ is my favourite (it’s like the Tekken soundtrack on Xanax - and somehow it suits Nick's voice).


‘Feelings’ - M83

M83’s latest synth instrumental is fairly pretty – but the video is so weird and distractingly disturbing that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to this track again without getting PTSD. Honestly, what the hell is going on?