FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (08/04/16)

08 Apr 2016

featuring Estrons, The Parrots, Yumi Zouma, Oliver Wilde and Girli


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...


Cardiff quartet Estrons might only be on their second single, but they're not shitting about. 'Drop' takes a playful, spiky punk spirit and injects it with the kind of fizzing hooky melodies that suggest they probably have a warm place in their hearts for Garbage and Supergrass as well as the more full throttle ends of the musical spectrum. A direct and dynamic second step.


It must be a right laugh being in The Parrots. Like the Spanish cousins to The Growlers' booze-sodden, jangling garage rattle, they're a band that sound like they're permanently on holiday fronted by a man (Diego by name) who sings as though he's smoked literally every single cigarette that's ever been rolled. 'Let's Do It Again' is, frankly, not a million miles away from their previous output but as its title suggests, The Parrots are cool with it that way and god damn it so are we.



The first track from shimmering New Zealand types Yumi Zouma's forthcoming debut 'Yoncalla' takes the fluttering eyelashes and heart-on-sleeve emotions of Summer Camp, de-twees it by about 95% and adds a subtle, smart dancefloor beat for good measure. It's part classy beach pop, part doe-eyed indie and it'll sound utterly wonderful come June 21st when they play Moth Club (nudge nudge).



Wilde-ly underrated (geddit?) since his 2013 debut, Bristol boy Oliver Wilde has quietly gone about crafting lilting underwater psych serenades that could set him up as a kind of UK Unknown Mortal Orchestra without all the saucy bits about threesomes and with a general tinge of vague sadness. Which is actually way more enjoyable than that may sound.



East London rapper Girli is either the next incarnation of early-career Lily Allen, flinging out sarcastic social commentary and blasting the patriarchy with every track or she's some kind of Nathan Barley nightmare made manifest. Pretty sure it's the former, but if all the layers of deadpan irony come crumbling down and all that's left is a sad looking copy of Sugarape then well, we did tell you.



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