FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (01/04/16)
01 Apr 2016
Featuring Black Honey, Moses Sumney, The Big Moon, Wesley Gonzalez and Pumarosa
It's Friday! Rejoice! And what better way to welcome in the weekend than with five tasty morsels of delicious new music? Here are five of this week's best new tracks from five new acts who are delighting us in equal but entirely different ways. Dig in...
BLACK HONEY, 'ALL MY PRIDE'
In a fair and just world, incendiary earworms such as 'All My Pride' should shoot Brighton quartet Black Honey on an upward trajectory to radio A-lists and festival domination with relative ease. Relentlessly pacey and packed with about four choruses, it's like a sassy, spurned version of The Strokes' 'Heart In A Cage' set in a melodramatic Tarantino film. You want to live in a fair and just world, don't you? You're not a monster? Well, you know what to do.
MOSES SUMNEY, 'EVERLASTING SIGH'
Oh, to have a mind that works like Moses Sumney's. 'Everlasting Sigh' is like an experimental, expansive take on Sufjan Stevens' affective sonic collages, looping joyous vocals, hand claps, harmonies and samples into a four-minute mini epic that explodes with ideas. It somehow manages to be incredibly, obviously intelligent while also brimming with heart and ends with the kind of soaring swell that literally sounds like the noise that would accompany you on the ascent to heaven. Basically, it's pretty good.
THE BIG MOON, 'CUPID'
Ever since they bowled onto the scene last year, The Big Moon have set about cementing themselves as the kind of girl gang you'd have to be a stoney-faced sourpuss to not want to be in. Effortless throwing out playful, hook-ridden bangers while visibly revelling in the fun of it all, they encapsulate everything giddy and glorious about being in a band with your best mates. 'Cupid' is their latest missive and it shoots straight to the heart. Musing on the nervous moments and early stumbles of starting a new relationship with an irrestistibly endearing hopefulness, it's a big ol' ray of sunshine just like its authors.
WESLEY GONZALEZ, 'I SPOKE TO EUAN'
Considering Wesley spent his former musical years yelling "LET'S WRESTLE LET'S FUCKING WRESTLE" as frontman of the gloriously ramshackle outfit of the same name, you wouldn't expect him to now be releasing warped, trippy synth tracks about bad drugs and getting baked in a field. 'I Spoke To Euan' is a woozy, wavey night time ode to the fallout of getting messy that encapsulates the disjointed feeling of the morning after in painfully accurate style. It's nice when people surprise you, isn't it.
London quartet Pumarosa aren't fucking about. 'Cecile' comes in with the kind of storming intro that's basically the disco Ride of the Valkyries before dropping into a falsetto-laden, sultry shoulder-shimmy of a dancefloor slayer, giving you the eye across the room while the glitter ball slowly revolves. Basically, a lot of people will make out to this record. Pumarosa: very good at writing a banger. Potentially responsible for a future baby boom.