BarryGruff’s May 2015 Playlist

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A regular monthly feature to the blog; a nice, neat and handy playlist of tracks featured during the month.

May was another fine month for new music. We had an exclusive premier of The Expert’s new tune, ‘Da Wha?’, the lead single from his forthcoming LP. There were new tunes from Sleaford Mods, Girlpool, Applescal & Tame Impala, ahead of their respective, forthcoming albums. There were excellent new singles from Tomorrows, Telegram, SertOne, Roots Manuva, Foreign/National, The Adventures of Bert & Henry and PANKHABILLI.

Also featuring on the playlist are: GEM_DOS, The North Sea, Disconcerting P, Sweet Baboo, Heaters & Faith Healer. Yeah, so, May was pretty damn good.

Listen to BarryGruff’s May 2015 playlist below.

Girlpool – ‘Cherry Picking’

 

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Girlpool’s debut album Before The World Was Big is released next week (June 1st) on Wichita Recordings Worldwide.

Ahead of LP’s release on June 1st, the duo have shared another new track from their much anticipated debut album. Entitled ‘Cherry Picking’, it offers yet a further brilliant example of the Philadelphia based two piece’s snarling minimalism, that has become their forte. Arming themselves with nothing but guitar, bass and two perfectly matched voices, the sparse, dissonant guitar crash into the pair’s sweet, yet angst-ridden vocal harmonies, for a full-on, fresh and raw assault. This stripped-back, minimal instrumentation accentuates the brash, dispirited feeling and air of vulnerability. Cleo Tucker & Harmony Tividad continue to provide proof, if proof be needed, great music doesn’t have to be complicated.

Girlpool have a ton of live shows lined up across N. America and Europe and if they’re in a town near you soon? They come highly, highly recommended. They were utterly sublime in Vancouver last month.

You can check out ‘Cherry Picking’ below, ahead of Before The World Was Big‘s release next week. Pre-order the debut album here.

Introducing: Pankhabilli

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Pankhabilli is a collaboration between North Wales based, Parisian singer-songwriter Claire Jacquemard and We//Are//Animal & Hippies vs Ghosts‘ musical virtuoso, Owain Ginsberg.

The songs are composed by Jacquemard, arranged and produced by Ginsberg and together this enigmatic duo have created a thing of dark and intriguing beauty. This is music to get lost in. There’s a magnetism to it that draws you in, like a good story, the music is both powerful and intimate. So far we’ve been afforded ‘Water on Mars’ and ‘The Ladder'; two dark, brooding and enthralling examples of what this union has to offer. The latest of the two, ‘The Ladder’, is simply stunning. Unfolding with a dark and eerie sense of forbidding, driving tribal percussion conspire with menacing piano chords, setting the scene for Jacquemard’s gripping vocals to leave an indelible mark. Delivered with stellar precision, it is wonderfully rich yet chilling, and highly-charged with raw, powerful emotion. An impressive introduction indeed.

Pankhabilli are currently putting the finishing touches to an EP, penned for release toward the end June, it will feature both ‘Water on Mars’ and ‘The Ladder’, alongside as-yet-unheard others. For now, you can sample the chilling delights that are ‘Water on Mars’ & ‘The Ladder’.

The Adventures of Bert & Henry – ‘Jet Packs’

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The Adventures of Bert & Henry are a pair of galloping troubadours from the ragged Welsh coast.

Fun, lovable and charming, we were introduced to the duo’s delectable talent’s last year with the release of some stellar, one-off free singles. The pair are back, returning with a new single ‘Jet Packs’, and they’ve lost none of their sparkle. ‘Jet Packs’ is a sweet and playfully quirky acoustic pop ditty about cosmic lovers (in Zero G). Utilizing a gentle and infectious strum, twinkly keys and some rather beautiful harmonies, the resulting cosmic love song is simply irresistible. There music exudes a sense of enjoyment and fun and they’ve found a sweet spot, where fine musicianship can coexist in perfect harmony with some fun, off-kilter quirkiness.

Here’s hoping that the next time we’re discussing The Adventures of Bert & Henry, it will be about something altogether more substantial, like an EP or an album. For now though, time to enjoy ‘Jet Packs’, check it out below.

Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m A Man’

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Everyone’s favorite Australian psychedelic band, Tame Impala will release the new LP, Currents on July 18th, following on from 2012’s Lonerism and their 2010 debut Innerspeaker.

Tame Impala have been steadily treating us to insights of the new record, having already released the tracks ‘Disciples’, ‘Eventually’ and ‘Let It Happen’, they continue to drip feed us with food for thought with new single ”Cause I’m A Man’. The first official single from their forthcoming third album, ”Cause I’m A Man’ is a synth-heavy ballad that just goes down ever so easy. Everything is so silky smooth, as a slinking, free-flowing groove combines with sumptuous splashes of synth to mingle with Parker’s tender vocals, adding to the vulnerable nature of the song, one tinged with regret, yet sentimental affection. Accompanying the new single is a slick and visually impressive animated video directed by LA based Weirdcore (Aphex Twin, Horrors, Simian Mobile Disco).

Tame Impala are currently in the midst of a massive North American tour and play Vancouver’s Malkin Bowl tonight. For those of you back in Ireland of course, they play Electric Picnic this year too. The new LP, Currents is out on July 18th. Check out ”Cause I’m A Man’ below.