FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (12/08/16)
12 Aug 2016
featuring Happyness, Boxed In, The Big Moon, Thom Sonny Green and Slaves.
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...'
HAPPYNESS, 'ANNA, LISA CALLS'
Our favourite doe-eyed, quippy slackers return with the latest track from forthcoming EP 'Tunnel Vision On Your Part' (due in September) and it's as fine a slice of fuzzy romance as we've come to expect from the trio. Melodically, it pairs the band's usual Pavement-isms with a more all-out 60s shuffle, while singer Jonny Allan's honeyed croon is set firmly to Girls' singer Christopher Owens' territory. They play the next installment of RFB clubnight Popular Culture on September 30 and lord knows we're excited.
THOM SONNY GREEN, 'BLEW'
You'll likely know Thom Sonny Green better as Alt-J's chief sticksman, but now he's stepping out from behind the kit and taking centre stage. 'Blew' comes from Green's forthcoming solo debut 'High Anxiety' and it's a claustrophobic piece of brooding electronica that echoes its album's titular atmosphere. Far removed from the amorous wordplay of his main band, the instrumental track lets itself do the talking: the message? Something may be awry in this dark and dense musical world, but it sure sounds exciting. Hear it live at The Lexington next week when Green plays alongside Mothers.
THE BIG MOON, 'BEAUTIFUL STRANGER'
In which our favourite modern girl gang turns ol' Madge's late-career, Austin Powers-soundtracking pop hit into a fist-pumping anthem. The Big Moon have been playing this one live for a while now, but we couldn't be more pleased that it's finally been given the studio treatment. Hairbrush microphone in one hand, wine in the other, aaaand mosh.
BOXED IN, 'FORGET'
Boxed In - aka Oli Bayston - knows his way around a dancefloor banger. 'Forget' pulses along on niggling synth lines and propulsive beats - lyrically and melodically minimal, it instead steadily reels you in, loop by loop, like some kind of cunning musical fisherman. Yep.
SLAVES, 'SPIT IT OUT'
The first track to be taken from the Tunbridge Wells two-piece's recently announced second record 'Take Control' comes good on the pair's assertions of a heavier sophomore effort. Taking a similar line of social commentary and unrest to their debut, it then spits disenfranchised missives over some of the gnarliest riffs this side of Download. This is the sound of young, angry Britain - and it couldn't be more necessary.