FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (11/03/16)
11 Mar 2016
featuring Cullen Omori, Tigercub, Foals, Julia Jacklin and Spookyland
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.
CULLEN OMORI, 'SYNTHETIC ROMANCE'
While much of the buzz surrounding the current double whammy of post-Smith Westerns band action has been centred around former members Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek's new outfit Whitney, it would be a damn shame if former frontman Cullen Omori's new output was downplayed along the way. The lazy, hazy dream of a croon is still sweetly intact - the soundtrack to a thousand John Hughes coming-of-age movies that never were, while musically it's all reverby guitars and suckerpunch falsetto.
TIGERCUB, 'I'M SO TIRED' (FUGAZI COVER)
It's not really the greatest surprise that doomy Brighton grungers Tigercub are fans of Fugazi, lovers of noise that they are, but it doesn't make the resulting cover any less enticing. 'I'm So Tired', true to the gentle sentiment of its name, is one of the band's lighter offerings and Tigercub stay true to the original, dousing it in swoony, pillowy guitars to sink back into and let the night take hold. Sweet dreams indeed.
An unreleased track from the 'What Went Down' sessions dusted off and brought out as a Record Store Day special, 'Rain' is as musically sparse as Foals get. A single drum beat and dappled keys are the only backing to Yannis' guttural, emotive vocal: conclusive proof, if nothing else, that the singer has come a long, long way since 'Antidotes' contorted yelps and barks. Lyrically, it finds our man Philippakis "running with the hounds" as he escapes the city - an ambitious, escapist offering from a band that are so at the top of their game they can just leave tracks like this on the cutting room floor.
JULIA JACKLIN, 'POOL PARTY'
Sydney newcomer Julia Jacklin's pool party is a far more credible affair than the sodden, boozy shambles of most youths. Sweetly lulling folk undercut with a vocal that's quietly confident and totally assured is the order of the day, while you imagine Laura Marling's laying around sipping a martini somewhere not too far off. Classy.
SPOOKYLAND, 'BIG HEAD'
All swaggering bravado and punchy power chords, Spookyland's latest offering is like a bombastic AC/DC pomp rock cut as reimagined by the weird and wild mind of fellow Aussies Pond. Singer Marcus Gordon's inimitable yowl is one of the more grin-inducing vocals of recent years, while the whole thing reeks of some boys that just wanna have fun. They're not big heads, their brilliance is out there for all to see.