Whyte Horses – ‘Ça Plane Pour Moi’

Manchester psych-pop outfit Whyte Horses are responsible for one 2018’s most enjoyable records in Empty Words, as they whisked us off to a land of blissful, dreamy psychedelia, sounding both familiar yet fresh.

Whyte Horses make a welcome return with a surprise new single ‘Ça Plane Pour Moi’; a cover of Plastic Bertrand’s seminal 1970’s track. Choosing to cover such a classic track reflects the fearless and timeless pop qualities of Whyte Horses. Retaining the playful, melodic and seductive punk-tinged pop energy of the original but is given a modern makeover with lush pop treatment, soft psych brush strokes and intoxicating, dreamy vocals and seductive harmonies. This is Whyte Horses doing what Whyte Horse do best. Their knack for borrowing from the old and creating something new and contemporary, yet simultaneously timeless, is without compare. Hopefully this studio time has also yielded further material too.

Listen to ‘Ça Plane Pour Moi’ below.

Caoilfhionn Rose – ‘Being Human’

Caoilfhionn Rose is a singer, songwriter and producer from Manchester who came to our attention with the release of her exquisite debut album Awaken last year.

One of 2018’s finest discoveries, Rose’s sound draws from a deep well of folk, psychedelia and subtle electronica influences, ranging from The Mummers, to Rachel Sermanni, Melody’s Echo Chamber and Broadcast, she produces her own unique brand of beautiful, expansive, fragile and experimental psych-folk. Rose is back with a new single ‘Being Human’, the latest lifted from her debut, it is a perfect encapsulation of her exquisite sound. Shrouded in a mystic aura, it is an elegant, awe-inspiring and charming blend of pastoral psych-folk as a trickle of keys, delicate strings and warm vocals create a hazy, soothing and swirling and effervescent psych-folk. It is calm, at peace and positive as the elegant production and bewitching atmospheric tones combine to transfix entirely – not a bad place to be captive.

‘Being Human’ is below along with its visual companion, filmed in Fletcher Moss Park. The album is just as beautiful an affair – listen to it here.

Beachtape – ‘Somebody Like Hugh’

Beachtape are Brighton-based indie foursome – Andy, Dan, Leo & Rory – whose sound is marked by an exploration and seemingly unpretentious love for 90’s nostalgia.

Beachtape’s output thus far is littered with utterly lovable fuzzed-up jams, heavy on the catchy melodies and fuzzy guitars, and straddling the worlds of Pavement, Weezer and The Pixies. The band’s latest single ‘Somebody Like Hugh’ follows suit, resplendent in it’s lo-fi fuzzy glory. An irresistible delight of infectious, fuzz-fuelled indie; crunchy guitars, meaty basslines, crashing cymbals and catchy chorus abound amid warm layers of fuzz and distortion as sweetly melodic hushed vocals float above. ‘Somebody Like Hugh’ is sweet, laid-back and richly melodic as it purrs along on the right side of familiar – it is an absolute joy.

You can check out ‘Somebody Like Hugh’ below and there is plenty more where that came from here.

Memes – ‘Happy Shopper’

Glasgow lo-fi post punk noise-makers, Memes, introduced their fiery, furious and feisty wares this summer with double A-side debut single, ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ / ‘Funny Man‘.

A thrilling, raw and exhilarating opening salvo, Scottish duo Memes – comprised of cousins John and Paul McLinden – have returned with new single ‘Happy Shopper’, and they have nailed it again. Opening with a steady tambourine beat and meaty bass riff, ‘Happy Shopper’ is as prickly and barbed as its predecessors with sneering, sardonic vocals are spat out over it. Joined by sharp, rising riffs, steady beat and a melodic sensibility, it is a short, sharp and swaggering blast of thrilling (and utterly infectious) post-punk. As with the double A-side, Memes have delivered a thrilling, sardonic and rockin’ jam (with flashes Sluts of Trust, The Fall & HMHB) that will have you hooked.

At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, Memes are one of the most exciting new discoveries of 2019 – listen to ‘Happy Shopper’ and tell me otherwise.
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Seazoo – ‘Throw It Up’

Welsh indie maestros Seazoo have made habit of charming us with their effervescent indie-pop sounds, and the North Walian outfit are back!

Bursting with all that recognisable exuberance and fizzy with energy, ‘Throw It Up’ is Seazoo’s first new material since their 2018 debut album TRUNKS, one of last year’s finest. It is a charming and sprightly encounter that whizzes and fizzes by bursting at the seams with fizzing guitars, sparkling chords, splashes of synth, delicious melodies, irresistible choruses and delightfully playful, somewhat off-kilter, character. Lyrically, it deals with people rejection of aspects of modern life (tech, tech platforms, etc.) to improve their happiness and general well-being – one thing is for sure, you will be all the better for letting both Seazoo and ‘Throw It Up’ into your life; they are unrivalled in that department. It’s been said many, many times on here before but it worth reiterating; Seazoo are an absolute treasure!

Listen to ‘Throw It Up’ below – it is the first single lifted from their second album which is expected next year.

Karate Blocks – ‘Speaking Tongues’

Nashville trio Karate Blocks know how to kick out a jam and their latest single ‘Speaking Tongues’ embodies what they are all about in a nicely distilled three-minutes.

Big on riffs and energy, ‘Speaking Tongues’ is a raucous blast of rock ‘n roll, bathe in swathes of fuzz & distortion. Conceived around a “a house party gone bizarre” it is a powerhouse punchy riffs and combines a crunchy garage rock sound with an abundance of catchy melodies. This upfront and honest no frills approach has been done by many but this is their interpretation of a genre and era they know and love and it is executed with perfection. The trio have figured out the deceptively simple, age-old secret to transcending influences: just write top notch songs.

Check out ‘Speaking Tongues’ below. Enjoy!

Simen Mitlid – ‘Football’

Simen Mitlid is a Norwegian singer-songwriter hailing from the woodlands of Os, who has a precocious talent for lush, Nordic indie-folk.

Mitlid will follow-up his wonderfully charming 2017 debut LP, Everything is the Same with new album Neutral, in September. Having drip feed us tracks over the past six months or so – ‘Saturdays’, ‘Tell Me Everything’ & ‘Trying’ – he has gifted us another treat in the shape of ‘Football’. It is a charming indie folk ballad about the difficulties of loving the sport you can’t play. A gentle and heartwarming ditty brimming with quirky melodies, laid back and easy going arrangements. It is an effortlessly cool and breezy sound tempered by a wistful melancholy. As always, as beautiful and elegant as the backdrop is, it is Mitlid’s hushed voice, imbued with warmth, that is wholly irresistible.

Yet another lush bout of divine indie-folk – all is looking rather grand for his new album come September.

Tune into ‘Football’ below:

Introducing: I Drew Blank

I Drew Blank are Berlin-based outfit comprised of bassist & singer Oyèmi Hessou (Jaguwar), guitarist & singer Dominik Jureschko (White Hand Gibbon) and drummer Eilis Frawley (Party Fears).

Together the trio deliver a special blend of lo-fi fuzzy slacker garage-pop that melodically drifts between early ’90s and west coast vibes – something born out on their addictive new EP; Interesting Life Choices.

While primarily the music is easy on the ear and seemingly carefree, as songs slide by with an effortless ease and general breeze. On repeated listens however, much more bite and greater thematic depth is revealed; dark thoughts and failed relationships meet escapism and reflection over five tracks. This dizzying encounter opens with ‘No Promises Were Made’ which could serve as the archetypal blueprint for the band’s sound. Pumped with meaty riffs, heavy driving bass lines and sappy snare kick combos ‘No Promises Were Made’ has no shortage of bite and punk grunt or melodic pop allure for that matter, provided by the dreamy riffs, sweet licks and hooks. The vocals are passionate, melodic and dance in the remaining space provided in the mild haze of warm fuzz and distortion. Elsewhere ‘What We Need Is Time’ is even more more infectious as it breezes by with an abundance of heavenly harmonies while ‘It’s Winter, It’s Warsaw’ is less breezy, more gallop as it hurtles along a dancey groove with jerky riffs, cowbell and interlocking harmony rich vocals.

This is a dazzling fuzz-filled display of lo-fi, garage-indebted indie-pop. On the right side of infectious and grit, it is a tonic to the overly-polished and ekes out a perfect space on the musical landscape.

Tune into some choice cuts below and the EP can be found here.

Adwaith – ‘Hey!’

Welsh trio Adwaith – Hollie Singer, Gwenllian Anthony & Heledd Owen – released one of 2018’s finest albums in Melyn; intense, compelling and unique; it is a colossus of experimental post punk.

Not wishing to wait around, the Carmarthenshire trio are looking forward with a brand new single, ‘Hey!’; a song that firmly sets the foundations for the next exciting chapter. ‘Hey!’ is wake up call, a call to arms of sorts, or as they put it themselves, it “is a song about people ignoring obvious facts that are right in front of them. Global leaders are not acting upon climate change and they can’t ignore it for much longer!!“. The lyrical message is matched by the musical urgency in ‘Hey!’, a buzzing riff and spiky guitars lead the charge along a bubbling bassline forging a formidable backdrop for the fuzzy, reverb-laden vocals to reign supreme. Powerful, passionate and fearless but most importantly it is a belter of a tune.

Listen to ’Hey!’ below now, it will be part of a double A side single released later this month.

MIYNT – ‘Stay on Your Mind’

Swedish artist MIYNT made a glorious return following a three year hiatus in May, reintroducing herself with the grandiose and sultry ‘riviera pop’ of ‘Vacation With Bond In South Of France Part 2′, and the lush, smooth pop of ‘Peaches’; all in all, a perfect way to announce your return.

It got even better with the Stockholm native releasing the nine-track Stay on Your Mind EP a few weeks back; a beautiful collection of smooth, dreamlike and psychedelia flavoured effervescent-sparking pop. By way of a reminder, MIYNT has released the title-track ‘Stay on Your Mind’ as the third single lifted from the EP. It is a suitably lush, alluring and grandiose sliver of sweeping pop. ‘Stay on Your Mind’ is smooth and suave, deliciously seductive and dripping with melody, as her hypnotic honeyed tone seeps into the track layering a final bewitching quality. ‘Stay on Your Mind’ is utterly beautiful and like the rest of the EP, it is irresistible.

Listen to ‘Stay on Your Mind’ below and the entire EP can be found here.