- The Grey Merchant – ‘Anthropocene’
The Grey Merchant is a post punk/indie rock quintet from Cork, Ireland; Yes, that’s the same ‘home’ like the sublime underrated group The Frank & Walters. The last mention was deliberate, since the first taste I get while listening to the 1st single ‘Anthropocene‘ off the band’s upcoming 2nd album, is that they have the same talent to unleash immediate, and divine melodies destined for the listener’s heart. Despite the fact, the band mentions a diverse variety of influences ‘from Kyuss to John Grant to Public Service Broadcasting‘, the sound is 100% theirs, unique and personal. Bravo!
- CocoRosie – ‘Restless’
‘Restless‘ is the love song of freak folk duo CocoRosie’s upcoming album, ‘Put The Shine On‘ due out next month, and the track “tells the story of a woman who, ravaged by the dark side of love eventually becomes undone.” The Casady sisters, who form the duo, dealt with the grimness of their mother’s death during the writing and recording of the LP, which in turn effected ‘Restless‘, as it became their mother’s own story of heartbrokenness. The single is lightness and twilight, a phoenix learning how to rise from the ashes. Check it out!
- Golden Plates – ‘Dreams’
Now what we got here? We are talking about some really cool underdogs, or maybe perhaps there is only one chap behind the project (Elder Brycen?). Haven’t solved the mystery yet to be honest, and don’t really care. What I know for sure is that they are named Golden Plates, they come from Salt Lake City, UT, and throw some bleeding guitar riffs in the vein of living legend Greg Sage, with psychotic vocals from a distant universe like Wipers on acid in a way. If you need a genre you could call it “freaked-out post punk“. Golden Plates say that this gem is “A song about dreams, the beautiful things in life that die like Doritos 3D, Zima and true love”. Instant anti-hipster boner.
- Billie Eilish – ‘No Time To Die’
Indie pop princess Billie Eilish was chosen to create the infamous Bond theme song for the upcoming 25th James Bond film (the youngest artist in Bond theme history!), and along with the orchestral arrangements of Hans Zimmer and guitar work of icon Johnny Marr, ‘No Time To Die‘ proves to be one of the best of the bunch. Dark and wavering, like a candle’s flickering flame in a freezing cold house at night, the track is well worth the listen and also worth the many listens you know you’ll be stuck with in the future as this song is here to stay.
- Thundercat – ‘Dragonball Durag’
Thundercat‘s newest offering from his upcoming album on Brainfeeder (out April 3rd) ‘Dragonball Durag‘ is a sublime mutant blue-eyed soul meets jazz-hop kind of thing. It’s addictive from start to finish and sexy as hell. Echoes from Planet Valentine…..
Compiled by Christos Doukakis & Sarah Medeiros