Friday 24 April 2020
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 24/04/2020: Strongboi, Venture Boi, Playboi Carti and more…
Strongboi? Venture boi? Playboi carti? Why are there so many BOIS this week? Where are all the GURLS?
‘Honey Thighs’ – Strongboi
Strongboi are a new quirky duo consisting of South African singer Alice Phoebe Lou and producer Ziv Yamin. They describe themselves in their Facebook bio as ‘casios & toys. genuinely superficial. grooves, sweat & tits. sleazy, sassy & only bangers’. Last week, I featured their exciting self-titled debut single. This second single takes a more downtempo direction, opting instead for a 50s pop sound complete with whirring organs and dreamy guitars (but with a few eccentric electronic sounds thrown in to give it just enough of a modern edge). So far, it’s two strong singles from Strongboi.
‘She Keeps Me In Her Locket’ – Venture Boi
Venture Boi’s sound is a captivating blend of 80s electro synths, sighed-out vocals and twangy reverb-soaked guitars. According to the band themselves: ‘our aim was to take the intimacy, drama, and dread of a Smiths song and inject it into a setting that would fit on the soundtrack of Drive’ (as a fan of both The Smiths and Drive, this immediately caught my attention). The track also contains some creative sampling including the sound of coins being struck. You can check out more material from the band on their new EP Trouble.
‘Dead Horse’ – Hayley Williams
Paramore singer Hayley Williams has been churning out solo singles and EPs recently at an alarming rate – more than I’ve been able to keep track of. It makes the lyrics of this new poppy-flavoured song particularly ironic: ‘and now you get another song’. Nonetheless, I’m loving this track, even if it sounds nothing like the Hayley Williams I remember. Hayley’s voice sounds brilliant, the guitars are groovy and ‘Yay yay yay ya’ part is very fun.
‘Long Time Coming’ – Strangely Enough
Melbourne band Strangely Enough are back with another genre-bending single. The track opens with some melancholy keys and minimal percussion and slowly gathers layers of guitars, bass and drums. The Thom Yorke-ish vocals over the top meanwhile build from a soft whimper to passionate belting (there’s also an unusual ambient section towards the end with some digitally-altered singing). The band have their debut EP coming out in a few months. It’s been a long time coming (yes, I had to make that joke).
‘Skyline’ – Pabst
This new track from Berlin rock trio Pabst is a euphoric ‘fuck the city, let’s get out of here’ anthem. It sports some satisfyingly fuzzed-out guitars and a cool video featuring a cowboy wondering the urban streets while being made to feel like an outsider. The band describe the track themselves as a ‘post-grunge hymn’.
‘@ Meh’ – Playboi Carti
The beat slaps (as is the case with every Carti song), but sadly I don’t speak Klingon.