FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (02/12/16)
02 Dec 2016
feat. Los Campesinos!, Peter Silberman, Bruising, Julien Baker and Makeness
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.
JULIEN BAKER, 'DECORATED LAWNS'
Sure, it's only just December but it's not too early to start getting your festive spirit well and truly on. For those who can't quite stomach Slade and Wizzard quite yet, however, ease yourself into the season with Julien Baker's downbeat ode to romance around the Christmas tree. "I loved you more than I hate me" she croons - not the most chirpy tune, but a present to be cherished nonetheless.
BRUISING, 'I DON'T MIND'
Foolishly underrated Leeds quartet Bruising specialise in the kind of tongue-in-cheek slacker pop that smiles sweetly before rolling its eyes behind your back when you're not looking. It's a potent combo and on 'I Don't Mind' they whip it up into something wonderful - all saccharine sweet vocals and fuzzed out guitar lines. Nice.
MAKENESS & ADULT JAZZ, 'OTHER LIFE'
Like Ant and Dec, salt and pepper or Salt n' Pepa, Makeness and Adult Jazz are a combo that just work together. Both firm believers in the power of the dancefloor, their collaboration 'Other Life' is a loose limbed, funk-tinged falsetto banger worthy of serious shape-throwing. Extra points for a truly ridiculous video featuring an unusual amount of shaving.
PETER SILBERMAN, 'KARUNA'
If you thought that Peter Silberman's delicately soaring work as frontman of The Antlers was a test on the ol' tearducts, then get those Kleenex ready my friend because you are in for a messy ride. 'Karuna' - the first track from Silberman's debut solo LP - is as stark and haunting as they come. Barely more than a guitar strum and the singer's heartbreaking vocal, it's a tender, troubled puzzle piece from an album that spares no emotive punches.