FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (08/07/16)
08 Jul 2016
featuring Wild Beasts, Pixies, The Lemon Twigs, Roch and Jerkcurb
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...
WILD BEASTS, 'BIG CAT'
Everyone's favourite intelligent sauce-pots (and our By The Sea Festival Friday headliners) Wild Beasts have released the smouldering opener from forthcoming LP 'Boy King' (released August 5). Underpinned by a woozy whir, it slinks along on singer Hayden Thorpe's inimitable falsetto and purred lyrics about being "top of the food chain" and refusing to be your house cat. Guessing he's probably not just talking about a recent trip round London zoo then.
THE LEMON TWIGS, 'THESE WORDS'
New 4AD signings The Lemon Twigs are very, very exciting indeed. For a start, the two teenage brothers look like the kind of follically-insane oddballs that popstar dreams are made of. Secondly - and most importantly - with their second song 'These Words', the two Long Islanders have managed to craft a technicolour, widescreen imaginarium of ideas that go from Tobias Jesso Jr sweetness to rinky dink piano romp to a kind of warm-hearted Elton John showtune. It's produced by Foxygen madman Jonathan Rado too so that'll give you an idea of the kind of limitless ideas we're talking. More please.
PIXIES, 'UM CHAGGA LAGGA'
The coming of new Pixies material is as worrying as it is exciting a prospect for any fan of the surrealist rock'n'roll heroes these days. Modern day Pixies don't always get it right, as much of 2014's 'Indie Cindy' will attest. Maybe it's the cementing of new bass player Paz Lenchantin as a full time member, maybe it just took them a while to hit their stride, but on new single 'Um Chagga Lagga' - the first from forthcoming album 'Head Carrier' - the iconic group thankfully deliver the full goods. Full throttle, rattling guitars, unholy preacherman lyrics and Black Francis' glorious bark abound in the way that only the Pixies at their finest can achieve.
JERKCURB, 'NIGHT ON EARTH'
Jerkcurb - aka Jacob Read - may hang around the same South London scene that's spawned Meatraffle and brilliant pop-noir newcomers Goat Girl, but the lilting serenade of 'Night On Earth' is as far from the grotty rattle of his neighbours as possible. An ode to a romance at the end of the world, it takes the doe-eyed sweetness of Mac DeMarco and takes it even further, back to a 50s world of crooners and prom dates. Lush stuff.
Roch's 'Vienna' might not be a cover of the Ultravox classic (shame), but its undulating beats and classy, textured harmonies are a delight nonetheless. Sparse and smart, yet with all kinds of glitches and pulses subtly fleshing out the sound, it'll tickle the pickle of FKA Twigs and Polica fans alike, we're sure.