FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (06/0516)
06 May 2016
featuring Happyness, Meilyr Jones, Her's, Free Money and Mutual Benefit
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...
FREE MONEY, 'HEADFUL'
'Headful' is the debut offering from totally new, totally exciting East London scamps Free Money (a band name designed to go straight to your spam folder alongside all the penis enlargement ads and offers from Western Union if ever there was one). Part dead-eyed, spat out verses and prowling, gutter-dwelling bass and part exuberant, Supergrass-esque joyful chorus, it's basically exactly what you want the first track from a new guitar band to be aka immediate, no nonsense and god damn joyous.
HAPPYNESS, 'SB'S TRUCK'
It's been a far more boring world over the past year without Happyness' Pavement-recalling slacker charm and surreal lyricisms about scalping members of Arcade Fire. Continuing with both these strains of brilliance, 'SB's Truck' - their first track from their forthcoming second record - takes hazily sunny summer afternoon vibes and plasters them with a story about Andre the Giant - an 80s wrestler so massive he had to be driven around in the back of Samuel Beckett's pick up truck. As you do. We've missed them.
MEILYR JONES, 'STRANGE/ EMOTIONAL'
Meilyr Jones used to be in underrated Welsh psych-pop outfit Race Horses, but under his solo guise you get the sense that he could finally start getting the recognition he deserves. Like many of his fellow Welshmen and women (Euros Childs, Cate Le Bon, Gruff Rhys etc), Jones does a good line in intelligently off-kilter pop, lacing clever, hooky melodies with splashes of eccentricity. 'Strange Emotional' could be a Paul Heaton song in parts such is its pleasantness, and then the glam crash of the chorus kicks in and we're several shots east of the Beautiful South.
HER'S, 'WHAT ONCE WAS'
Liverpool duo Her's appreciate the beauty of contrast. Melodically, they deal in the kind of reverb-drenched jangles that suggest they likely worship at the altar of Saint Mac DeMarco on a regular basis; vocally, however, singer Stephen Fitzpatrick has the kind of raspy baritone croon that Leonard Cohen would probably be pretty down with. The combination is an enticing one - deliciously sweet but dark, and a strong early statement.
MUTUAL BENEFIT, 'THE HEREAFTER'
At Mutual Benefit's recent, gorgeous Bush Hall show (more fool you if you missed it), the tear-jerking lullaby of 'The Hereafter' was an easy highlight: a sweet, fragile thing wrapped around lyrics about acceptance and coming to terms with life, it's a delicate flower but a beautiful one. If you're feeling a bit emotional then this might just tip you over the edge, but hey - let it all out. We're all friends round here.