CIEL – ‘Days’

CIEL are Brighton-based, Dutch dream-pop trio fronted by Michelle Hindriks (also of Sväva).

Together, Hidrinks and company concoct a heady brew of starry-eyed dream pop with shoegaze, psych and indie brushstrokes – beautifully demonstrated by new single ‘Days’. Lifted from the forthcoming debut Movement EP, ‘Days’ is a swirling cloud of hazy and magical charm as bright guitars soar to heavenly heights while cymbal-heavy percussion plunge in the opposite direction in something of a psych see-saw action. Amid this shimmering haze melodies come flying out at all angles over and lush dreamy vocals fly above while way beneath a bubbling propulsive groove rumbles with motorik precision. It is absolutely stunning – power, procession and beauty in all the right quantities.

Listen to ‘Days’ below:

The Whags – ‘Fraction Of’

The Whags are a Seattle-based five piece whose sound is a joyous amalgam of indie, psych, funk and soulful Americana with rich vocal harmonies and a deep seductive grooves.

‘Fraction Of’ is the first in a series of singles set for 2020, and is the perfect distillation of their sound. It is a deep grooving and swaggering slice of soulful pop the slowly unfurls into a beautifully bright, breezy and wholly optimistic jam. Everything feels big and bright as soaring choruses, lush harmonies and sweet licks are peppered with an uplifting air shimmering tones while the lilting, soul-filled vocals roll across the top.This a heavenly jam dripping with melody and lavishly coated with lush harmonies as it swells to enraptured bouts of euphoria. This an absolute joy, a treasure in fact and food for the soul.

Tune in to the wondrous sounds of ‘Fraction Of’ below:

Max Bloom – ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’

Best known for his role in London-based lo-fi loving indie outfit Yuck, Max Bloom is stepping out on his own, and releasing his debut solo album, Perfume, on April 24.

Ahead of that, Bloom has shared a new single lifted from his debut called ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’. Shifting away from distorted guitars and ’90s inspired lo-fi fuzz that marked his work with Yuck, ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ is a bright and uplifting slice of joyous pop – made all the more alluring (and fun) by the triumphant bursts of brass that illuminate the guitar bop and power-pop punch. It is an unbelievably catchy jam filled with sinuous melodies and adorned with huge hooks, ones you could hang your hat on. If you need cheering up, this is the right job for you.

‘Thinking ‘Bout You” is out now and Max Bloom’s debut is expected on 24 April via Anniversary.

The Wants – ‘Container’

The Wants are a NYC trio whose gloomy, propulsive post-punk resides on the darker side of life as post-punk, new-wave, techno/dance and industrial collide.

The Wants began life when drummer Jason Gates and Velding-VanDam met in New York in 2014, but became fully formed while VanDam and Elle were working together under the Bodega moniker years later. Finding a common passion for electronic music, the trio began writing together, and debut album Container is the result of this collaboration. Released earlier in March, it is fronted by lead single and title track which perfectly captures the essence of their sound. ‘Container’ is gritty, thrashy and dark post-punk fare, loaded with a menacing air and anxious noise, and gripped by the dead-pan delivery from VanDam. This gripping sense of foreboding chimes perfectly with the insistent, nagging bassline,  increasingly manic, winding guitar and metronomic drumbeat which underpins this dark and gloomy but utterly captivating post-punk monster.

Listen to ‘Container’ below and if that is to your liking, why not try the album here.

Adwaith – ‘Lan y Môr’

With a string of brilliant singles and Welsh music prize winning debut album Melyn, in the past few years, Welsh outfit Adwaith – Hollie Singer, Gwenllian Anthony & Heledd Owen – never cease to amaze with their intense, compelling and unique experimental post punk sounds.

The Carmarthenshire trio are back with new single ‘Lan y Môr’, marking Welsh Music Day, and adding to their ever growing catalogue of brilliance. Bursting with potent energy ‘Lan y Môr’ is built around bright grooving melodies, buzzing bass, surfy guitar and interlocking riffs as it takes off, fizzing like a rocket underpinned by frenetic and transfixing motorik beats. As always, Adwaith are fearless in their creative endeavor as trio deliver yet another potent blast of post-punk – and it goes without saying, Adwaith are unique and one of the most exciting bands on the planet.

Listen to ‘Lan y Môr’ below and if you haven’t done so already, check out their Welsh music prize winning debut album Melyn here.

moneybacknextweek – ‘LONG BREAK’

moneybacknextweek is the moniker of 21 year old Afro Canadian artist with a preference for a DIY approach.

This attitude is set out by his latest release, please, believe me EP. Written after his first relationship came to a close, it was recorded in his bedroom over a two week period, and taking charge of the lot – drums, guitars and vocals. Leading the charge is ‘LONG BREAK’, which is bristling with a bustling energy as taught rhythms underpin the upbeat, bright and sunny flurry of guitars as the hazy nonchalant drawl delivers his melodic musings (with a certain King Krule quality). It is electrifying, fizzy and exciting as it bursts into our lives with an endearing exuberance, honesty and emotive weight – a marvellous intro. 

Check out ‘LONG BREAK’ below and the believe me EP is here too.


Peaness – ‘Kaizen’

Longstanding favourites Peaness are back, and they are back with a bang!

The Chester-based trio have been charming our ears for years with their irresistible  brand of melodic, indie-pop goodness, and latest single ‘Kaizen’ is no different. ‘Kaizen’ (a Japanese for the phrase “change for the good”) sees them introduce an added muscularity to insanely catchy and addictive indie-pop. Vocals soar powerful above a seductive meaty bassline while catchy riffs burst into life while bouncing along an instantly addictive groove and jaunty rhythm. It is insanely catchy, littered with gloriously sweet harmonies and hooks you could hang your hat on, dusted with a light coat of warm fuzz. It is yet another gem from Peaness who have a propensity for such magic you know.

Listen to ‘Kaizen’ below:

MEMES – ‘J.O.B.S.’

Glasgow lo-fi post punk noise-makers, MEMES, introduced their fiery, furious and feisty sounds with a series of scintillating singles last year with ‘Blah Blah Blah‘, ‘Funny Man‘ & ‘Happy Shopper’ making them one of the finest new discoveries of 2019.

However, amid the silly season towards the close of 2019, another MEMES single slipped into the world without me noticing, until just recently. ‘J.O.B.S.’ is of a similar ilk to what we’ve quickly come to recognise as MEMES’ sound; fast, feverish and exhilarating post-punk fury – and cousins John and Paul McLinden have nailed it again. Hurtling off at breakneck speed along a frenzied rhythmic surge as meaty, bubbling bass riffs duel with fevered drums and short, sharp, jerky guitars as sneering vocals are spat out above. A thrilling, raw and exhilarating jam that will leave you breathless and have you hooked from the get go.

Check out ‘J.O.B.S.’ below (one especially FFO Sluts of Trust, The Fall & HMHB):

TV People – ‘Kitchen Sinking’

TV People are post-punk foursome – Paul Donohoe, Brendan Clarke, Len Rochford & Rob Kavanagh – from Dublin.

Since their formation in early 2019, the band spent the year honing and refining their sound, and they are kicking off 2020 in style with new single ‘Kitchen Sinking’. While channelling classic post-punk influences, their musings also owe a debt to garage, indie and punk. The single is a bold and peerless bout of slowburning aggression that thrives on the darker side of post punk. Amid burning intensity, ‘Kitchen Sinking’ trundles along driving, meaty basslines with burning guitars and glistening riffs over a rumbling rhythm and skittish groove as raw yet semi-hushed vocals stride above. ‘Kitchen Sinking’ is a massive tune, packed with power and emotion, and one that is utterly superb.

Check ‘Kitchen Sinking’ out below:


Pave The Jungle – ‘Jelly’

‘Jelly’ is the debut single from Newcastle indie-rock foursome, Pave The Jungle, and it is a scintillating introduction by any estimation.

‘Jelly’ is an epic and colossal indie-rock juggernaut. Propelled forward by the oscillating forces of muscular bassline and thunderous drums, it is bursting with unrelenting energy as all manner of guitar heroics are unleashed with abandon. Riffs soar as scintillating vocals fly above, rendering all else secondary. A rousing, defiant and heavy-hitting indie-rock anthem with a dark pop heart which shifts from menacing, threatening riffy rock to the rousing, epic and heart-filled variety. A thrilling and enthralling jam executed with style and exuberance; the soaring guitar lines, thundering rhythms and scintillating vocals are a match made in indie-rock heaven.

Listen to ‘Jelly’ below: