- Ester Drang – ‘Mindlessly’ (Extended Mix)
Goosebumps! The 7-minute opus by mid 90’s veterans from Oklahoma, Ester Drang is among the best blends of post-rock with shoegaze. In this extended mix of ‘Mindlessly‘ they don’t rush to unfold its treasure. The climax comes gradually leading to the absolute crescendo after the 4 minute mark. In the imaginary question, which one track of 2019 should I listen? The answer would be defo this one. Utterly stunning…
- Pussy Riot – ‘Hangerz’ (Feat. Vic Mensa & Junglepussy)
Russian protest punk girls Pussy Riot have joined forces with rappers Vic Mensa and everyone’s favorite New Yorker, Junglepussy, to create ‘Hangerz‘. It’s a call to arms for women to plant themselves in the streets against the hijacked control and ownership of women’s bodies, and to demand ‘no wire hangerz ever’. It’s not the banger that one would assume, more of an easy-listening industrial track with monotony that conveys a melodic metaphor towards the mechanicalness of politics.
- Birdman Cult – ‘Snakes’
Ready for some action? I bet you are since the debut single and video ‘Snakes‘, by brand new addiction Birdman Cult, is a great post-punk/psych/blues banger. The video by Hayden Brown, shot on b&w, is an atypical ode to early era Hammer flicks. Unlike most brit acts, these dudes dont want their sound polished, they unleash that very much needed -volcanic- energy missing from most modern brit rock and they sound in this very first effort more than capable of creating cathcy hooks and flawless melodies. But above all, this is dirty rock n’roll. And, yes we love them!
- opposite reaction – ‘Colorless’
Back to Russia again, this time for a duet, and married couple, named opposite reaction. ‘Colorless’ was my first contact with the duo’s music, and I must admit I really appreciated their experimental approach in witch house genre with their track ‘Colorless‘. The production is more than decent, but their key strenth is that they don’t try to mimic the classic suffocating sound of witch house. The melody is eerie and the use of kids’ (?) chorus vocals is ideal to capture the listener’s emotion. Its duration is also short, leaving you want for more. At least, we are able to choose the repeat button, for the 10th consecutive time!
- RADARS – ‘Wasted Melody’
Another debut single from UK? Yup, why not. This time form Hul and the indie rock quintet RADARS. ‘Wasted Melody‘ was recorded with Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys, Pulp) and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Coldplay) and is a catchy, danceable indie rock gem in the vein of their biggest inspirations, Two Door Cinema Club, Foals and The Vaccines. In contrary to what the song’s title may suggest, this is way afar from a wasted melody. Play this ‘beast’ loud and lets all welcome RADARS to our indie rock world!
Compiled by Christos Doukakis & Sarah Medeiros