FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (11/11/16)
11 Nov 2016
feat. Los Campesinos!, Pond, HMLTD, Trudy & the Romance and The XX
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.
LOS CAMPESINOS!, 'I BROKE UP IN AMARANTE'
Maintaining their status as indie's premier exporters of football-based emotional turmoil, 'I Broke Up In Amarante' - the first track to be taken from forthcoming sixth LP 'Sick Scenes' - finds singer Gareth Campesinos! "nurs[ing] a two beer buzz four whole weeks, 'cause it's the only way to feel sane" amidst the sun-soaked scenes of an international tournament. It's part pints-aloft sing-a-long, part rip-out-your-heart catharsis and such is the beauty of the cult favourites: LC! know how to find wry humour among the darkness, and some kind of twisted glory in every tragedy. Be that personal or on the pitch.
Musically, the proto-grind of 'Stained' - a gnarly, grimey, glammy mix of Skinny Puppy industrial throbs and New York Dolls flamboyance - is a bold and brilliant statement in itself that seems beamed in from an entirely different universe to modern day 2016. Add in the video, a gloriously visceral set of scenes plucked straight from the darkest fetish clubs of the deepest underground and you have a package that feels like a slap to the senses. This week more than ever, this band of androgynous anarchists feel like a blinding beacon of excitement.
POND, '30,000 MEGATONS'
If David Bowie's 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' was released in 2016, '30,000 Megatons' would almost certainly be the sweeping, skyward-facing track to soundtrack our hero's descent. A huge, spacey slow build that basically sounds like a massive psych rocket preparing for lift off, it's a dreamy celebration of the beauty of the universe, splashed with the kind of wide eyed, technicolour sparkle that only Pond do best.
TRUDY & THE ROMANCE, 'SANDMAN'
Liverpool charmers Trudy & the Romance are busting out the shoulder shakers like there's no tomorrow. A mere two weeks since releasing stand out track 'My Baby's Gone Away', we've been gifted 'Sandman' - a relentless frolick through the ice cream socials and public school prom dances of Trudy's charmingly rough around the edges 50s terraun. You'd be hard pressed to find a more infectiously giddy bunch of romancers out there, truly.
THE XX, 'ON HOLD'
More akin to beat man Jamie XX's recent solo output than anything the group have released as a trio, 'On Hold' finds the notoriously melancholy bunch lamenting a lost love over the kind of commercial pop hook that'll be all over your radio from now until the forseeable future. It's a track made to be blasted out loud rather than cried into under headphones which may sadden some, but undoutedly it shows the London group heading into bold new directions on album three.