Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #30

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After a couple of weeks absence, ‘Something for the Weekend’ returns with a relatively short Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past while.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more crackin’ tunes. Well, without further ado, here’s #30 – Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist. Get stuck into the tunes & enjoy the weekend!

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Super Extra Bonus Party Return with Scintillating New Single ‘Switzerland’

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Super Extra Bonus Party are a band that will always have a special place in my heart. Not only was their music the soundtrack to a lot of great times, SEBP gigs were always superb, thrilling and often chaotic, and the source of fun times and great memories.

Add to that, they were one of a few Irish bands who did things their own way, not playing the game (whatever the game is) and experimenting without any pretentious bullshit. Needless to say, it was more than a mild disappointment when SEBP parked the project, announcing an indefinite hiatus seven long years ago.

Oh, and in case you’ve missed it, Super Extra Bonus Party have called time on their break with their new single ‘Switzerland’ – and it is a sensational return. It’s not a million miles away from where they left off their criminally underrated second album from 2009, Night Horses. Embracing SEBP’s characteristic strength of live instrumentation meets electronics, it is propelled by a powerful, hypnotic pulsing synth and metronomic beat, injected with meaty guitars, an intense drum machine work-out and all manner of electronic wizardry. ‘Switzerland’ is instilled with an energy that feels electric as it charges forth to a cataclysmic wall of sound. Opting in favour of keeping vocal duties in-house with Gavin Elsted & Stephen Fahey is a revelation too – sublime!

SEBP were always one’s for pushing things, experimenting and avoiding the obvious, safe path. The same can be said for ‘Switzerland’, and I think you’ll agree when I say, it’s great to have them back.

You can get yourself acquainted with ‘Switzerland’ below & the single is out now on 045 Recordings.

Earlier in the week, the band at down with with Headstuff to discuss their feelings about everything that had gone before, read it here – it’s definitely worth some of your time.

Weaver – ‘Boxes’

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‘Boxes’ is the latest single from Swedish artist Weaver – aka Johan Weber – the first in a series of tunes earmarked for release before the dawn of the new year.

Formed in 2012, Weber has two EPs under the Weaver moniker and has built a solid rep for folklore stepping, steel guitar wielding Americana in his native Sweden. A supremely infectious, upbeat burst of Americana-tinged indie-pop, ‘Boxes’ skips along melodic keys, an array of chugging guitars and experimental endeavours, as Weber’s commanding (almost theatrical) vocal tone brings to mind a certain David Byrne quality; standout component among standout components, in a compelling, captivating and creative sounds. Accompanying the single is an extraordinarily brilliant Video. Made in conjunction with artist Johan Ejerblom – and jointly under the name ‘Silver N’ Silk’ – it took 14 months to create (far longer than the original 3 months they gave themselves), painstakingly recreating a Swedish city using recycled materials, to tell an incredible story. A sublime single, matched in every respect by the equally stunning video. Bravo!

You can sample ‘Boxes’ and it’s sublime visual companion below – both do not disappoint!

Louiza – ‘Leash On A Tiger’

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Having introduced herself with ‘Party Trick’, Oakland artist, LOUIZA is back with her single, ‘Leash On A Tiger’.

The new track marks LOUIZA’s – aka West Coast multi-instrumentalist Rebecca Mimiaga – latest lifted from her just released debut LP. A fuzzed-up, scuzzy cut of indie-pop, ‘Leash On A Tiger’ shifts along a skittering, jittery and stop-start pace fuelled by a full blooded organ and percussion, while LOUIZA’s vocal range and abilities seal the deal; as she shifts through the gears with what feels like a remarkable ease. A super catchy song with a powerful infectiousness.

Check out ‘Leash On A Tiger’ below & Louiza’s debut LP Party Trick is out now, listen to it in full here.

Oddnesse – ‘I Used To’

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Beginning life as a studio collaboration between musician Rebeca Arango and producer Grey Goon, Oddnesse is the shared a vision for infectious beautiful music with a dark, heavy groove from two east-coast expats based in Los Angeles.

Oddnesse introduced themselves to us with hypnotic, mellow and colourful single ‘Are You Down’, and the pair are back with another beguiling beauty in the shape of ‘I Used To’. It is a dreamy slice of indie-pop inspired by Utah, White Snake, and Broken Social Scene. ‘I Used To’ is utterly gorgeous. Opening with a slow-burning organ hum, terrific low-key guitar work and heart-strung rhythms, all overwhelmingly imbued with emotion. But it is with the arrival of Arango’s voice that seals the deal, leaving you powerless and awestruck. Sensationally lush and warm, her vocals will cause a simultaneous feeling of melancholic heartache and hopeful optimism. Oddnesse have a real knack for lush, warm sounds, comprised of intricate, layered grooves with catchy melodies and dreamy vocals to top of the hazy dreaminess.

Based on what we’ve heard so far – ‘Are You Down’ & ‘I Used To’ – what’s next for Oddnesse is definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

Listen to ‘I Used To’ below – it is quite simply superb.