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.

Frankie Knight – ‘Even Though’

Hailing from the South Coast of the UK, Frankie Knight is an electronic pop artist that delves into a dreamworld of haunting melodies and waves of lush tones.

Drawing from a deep well of influences – electronica, hip hop, electro-pop and folk – Knight crafts her brand of beautifully sculpted electronic pop. This propensity for the exquisite is evidenced by new single ‘Even Though’, a second lifted from her forthcoming debut album expected before the close of 2019. It is a bittersweet electronic pop tune built on a bed of skittish hip hop infused beats, while the pop sensibilities are never far away as an elegant shimmering haze of synths and cracking electronics illuminate the path for her vocals to float elegantly overhead. ‘Even Though’ is a transfixing beauty that whisks us away on a dreamy meditative journey that is expansive, fragile and experimental, while simultaneously lush, warm and filled with pop goodness.

Don’t just take my word for it, tune into ‘Even Though’ below, and keep an eye out for the debut album later in the year:

J.R. – ‘PAL’

J.R. is Canadian musician and singer-songwriter (real name Julianna Riolino)

Riolino introduced herself with debut single ‘Be My Man’ back in April and now, three months later, she is serving up an alluring second helping with ‘PAL’.

Fuelled by emotional nostalgia inspired by the feeling of youth and naive invincibility, ‘PAL’ is a gleaming guitar-pop gem that purrs with a rich melodic power. Swooning soft-centered balladry and lush instrumentation combine with seductive hooks as warm, honeyed yet smokey vocals bring the detailed lyrical vision to life. It feels wistful, personal and bittersweet, all with a underlying sense of hope and defiance bubbling away. A marvellously lush and alluring single that purrs with a rich melody that will melt even the coldest of hearts.

You can listen to ‘PAL’ below now and the video is ace too, definitely worth checking out.

Trap – ‘I Want Moor’

Trap is a rapper / emcee from Long Beach, CA whose music explores a whole array of topics and themes, social commentary and cultural criticism but backed and complemented by sublime and seductive grooves and beats.

On his new single, ‘I Want Moor’, the latest lifted from recently released record, Young Basquiat 3: Lost Vibes, Trap brings out the revolutionary raps. There is a weight to his vocals, speaking with authority, an authority that makes you pay attention, his vision is delivered clearly and concisely, without ever sounding preachy or pretentious. His measured and melodic delivery adds lyrical depth and musical allure, it doesn’t miss a beat and the production, supplied by Chicago’s Jerrod Hinton, is of supreme quality. The beat is rooted in the blues, partially due to sampling Nina Simone but also because of its pace and general vibe. It is a heavyweight tune, and one that’s been on constant rotation the past month.

Check ‘I Want Moor’ below and you can listen to Young Basquiat 3: Lost Vibes here.

Laughed The Boy – ‘Sun’

Comprised of brothers Chris and Sean Panacci and Brennan Hrehoruk, Toronto-based indie trio Laughed The Boy have made a name for themselves in embracing and exploring a genuine love of unpretentious 90’s nostalgia.

The Canadian trio’s work to date has been marvellous and littered with easy going tunes filled with catchy melodies and fuzzy guitars; and they are back with new single ‘Sun’. Lifted from their forthcoming album Change of Scenery – follow up to their resplendent debut LP Here is Fine – that ear for melody and affection for 90s nostalgia is ever present. ‘Sun’ is a rich, heartfelt and swooning pop song, dripping with melody and adorned with lush, alluring hooks, sweeping grandiose violin and all coated in a mild coat of light fuzz. This is simply divine and all bodes rather well for the new record.

Listen to ‘Sun’ below:

Party Hardly – ‘Rats in the Kitchen’

Following a string of singles and last autumn’s debut EP, Leeds-based outfit Party Hardly are readying the release of their second EP Modern Strife is Snobbish.

Ahead of the new EP, primed for release before the summer is out, the quartet already shared bright, upbeat and breezy indie-pop jangle ‘The Hopskotch Man’. Now, zoning in on the July 26th release date, they have shared another cut in ‘Rats in the Kitchen’. It is much more muscular than its predecessor as they unleash a feverish onslaught of aggressive punk-laced indie, propelled by the combined rhythmic power of their exhilarating bass and drum combo. The groove is quite danceable, in a skittish kind of way as its dosed with a healthy blast of meaty and sometimes jangly guitars, jerky riffs, and topped off by rowdy and raucous vocals. ‘Rats in the Kitchen’ is a feverish onslaught of aggressive punk laced with jangly guitars and jerky riffs. Loud, aggressive and highly charged – ‘Rats in the Kitchen’ leaves nothing in the tank

Tune into ‘Rats in the Kitchen’ below, and their Blur referencing EP Modern Strife is Snobbish is out on July 26.

Private Agenda – ‘Ultramarine’

Private Agenda is the eclectic, eccentric electronic-pop project of Sean Phillips and Martin Aggrowe. Based between London and Berlin, the pair have honed their alluring and elegant sound culminating in 9-track LP Île de Rêve.

The pair’s debut album is an exquisite, escapist excursion to a blissful world of stunning, downtempo ambiance, and most recent single, ‘Ultramarine’ is the perfect introduction to both Private Agenda, and their album. At almost eight minutes, ‘Ultramarine’ slowly unfurls, washing over you with an ease and breeze, wit each passing moment revealing itself blissfully surreal, immersive and idyllic. Synths shimmer and squelch as bass lines bubble up to the surface while the shuffling, filtered percussion trickle beneath a cascading wave of warm electronics; it is a heady mix of ethereal, exquisite and heavenly electronica.

‘Ultramarine’ is taken from their debut LP Ile De Reve which was released through Lo Recordings in June – check it out here.

Black Beach Baby – ‘All I Know’

Black Beach Baby are Stockholm-based duo of Andy and My, who since forming in 2017, have been bringing all the gorgeous, dreamy indie-pop vibes – and with their single ‘All I Know’ delivers all that and more.

We got acquainted with the Swedish pair through previous single ‘Loser’ – a magnificent slice of melodic guitar pop – and ‘All I Know’ follows a similarly joyous path. It is bright, breezy and dreamy as hazy guitar, jangling riffs and snappy beat set the lush and alluring backdrop for the hushed and airy vocal tones to thrive. Dripping with a rich melody, ‘All I Know’ is buoyed by irresistible hooks and pop sensibilities as they charm our ears with their warm and infectious brand of lo-fi indie-pop. What they do is deceptively simple and that is by no means a bad thing; they just craft great songs.

Listen to the beautiful and sun-kissed sounds of ‘All I Know’ below:

MARTH – ‘Golden Hour’

MARTH is a multi-Instrumental producer/composer from Netherlands who’s sound is born from a preference for Future Beats with hip hop, electronica and jazz influences.

Utilising a mix of electronic and live instruments, with an emphasis on trumpet, MARTH creates a chilled sound brimming with positivity and natural rhythm, and latest single ‘Golden Hour’ is a perfect case in point. Inspired by a painting from Van Gogh, it a trumpet focused chilled three-minutes. A laid-back groove slides along lulling you into this relaxing world, making your mind susceptible the serene mixture of soulful electronics, 90s chill, jazzy vibes with an added hip-hop pulse, and funky, brazen beat beneath. It is quite wistful and thought provoking, set to a scene of serenity, leaving you refreshed, relaxed and chilled.

Tune in below: