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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Japanese Television – ‘Slime’

British four-piece Japanese Television captured our imagination when they introduced their furious fusion of post-punk, psychedelia and krautrock with exhilarating single ‘Bloodworm’ earlier this year.

The foursome have returned with new single ‘Slime’ and while those three aforementioned components remain front and centre, it is more foreboding than furious. The mood is glowering and sinister and the drone is very much in evidence. ‘Slime’ is propelled along a relentless, chugging groove, meaty bassline, burning guitars and kraut rhythms over minor keys,eerie tones and spooky feedback. Gripping and tense, there’s no let up in intensity – this is imaginative, dark and hard edged psych-rock of the very finest order.

Tune into ‘Slime’ below and if you like what you hear, their latest EP is here too.

Mani Bazaar – ‘Dead’

Mani Bazaar is a musician, singer & songwriter from Ireland with a preference for ethereal goth-infused dream-pop.

It’s not often that a debut single delights, excites and enthrals as much as this but with ‘Dead’, Mani Bazaar has utterly bewitched with this alluring piece of dreamy pop perfection. ‘Dead’ slowly unfurls, washing over you with an ease and breeze as each passing moment reveals itself blissfully surreal, immersive and idyllic. Synths shimmer, guitars glisten and soft beats trickle beneath a cascading wave of warm electronics. It is a lush blend of ethereal, exquisite and heavenly electronica, a suitably beautiful backdrop for the heavenly, hushed and lullaby-esque vocals. ‘Dead’ is transfixing, heavenly electronica; an exquisite beauty tempered by subtle senses of the eerie while building gently to a bout of mild euphoria.

Tune into the blissful sounds of ‘Dead’ below – you will not be disappointed.

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.

Superheart – ‘Opening Credits’

UK-based producer Luke Batt aka Superheart has proven a reliable source of comforting and dreamy, electronic synthpop jams with a string of suitably sublime singles over the past two years or so.

The most recent of which – ‘Count On Me’, ‘After Midnight’, ‘Satellite’ & ‘Talk About It’ – make up the bones of a new EP called Opening Credits, which is fronted by a new single of the same name. ‘Opening Credits’ has a soul soothing quality and grooves along with a dreamy allure. It floats along a soothing layer of synths, pillowy soft beats and flickers of warm electronics that coalesce beautifully, swelling to create a hopeful and positive vibe. All the dreamy and blissful vibes, warm and endearing soundscapes, are given a last beautifully, tranquil and soothing finish – namely the heavenly (and somewhat hypnotic) vocals. ‘Opening Credits’ is like a breathe a fresh air and utterly divine, and as lush and alluring as anything else Superheart has released to date.

Check out ‘Opening Credits’ below – the entire EP is here too, it comes highly recommended.

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.