It has been quite a while since the last edition of #BitterSweetPlaylist so we thought it’s about time to bring it back. With our inbox full of exciting new musical treats, we bring you the best ten tracks from the last week or so.
KLOE – Teenage Craze
Pop star on the rise KLOE is flying her flag high for her hometown, Glasgow. Her new single, in her words, is ‘a dark, twisted love letter to my youth’. Teenage Craze is a pop banger that is meant to be enjoyed on the dance floor, it’s sexy, smart and irresistible.
Loa Loa – Landslide
Newbies to the scene are Brighton gang Loa Loa. Noisy and aptly wild, they blaze into our lives with debut single ‘Landslide’. With furious intent, the track grabs you by the throat and never lets up throughout, a potent kick-start of garage punk that uses its ear-worm qualities to barrage the senses and lodge itself in the cranium, just for good measure.
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Soft Wounds – Baby Blue
Toronto shoegazers Soft Wounds released their debut studio album this year, it’s a collection of sharp but hazy garage-toned rock songs. Visceral and intensely melodic is lead track ‘Baby Blue’. This band have something special. Listen and fall in love…
Charles Cave – Your Song on the Radio
This is Charles Cave’s first solo project away from White Lies, and it’s shaping up to be something quite remarkable. His 80’s leaning soft rock is sentimental, revealing a lighter touch to Cave’s songwriting than we’ve witnessed before. It may be clichéd to write about the end of a relationship, but even so he plays it very well, coming across heartfelt and lovable rather than contrived. We approve a hundred and one percent.
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Phia – Do You Ever?
Australian alt-pop singer Phia is astonishing, from the moment we first heard her, we were hooked. Vocal loops, music box melodies – courtesy of her prized possession, the kalimba – and romantic nostalgia, makes her music too impossible to pass up. ‘Do You Ever?’ is a staple Phia track, experimental but also very accessible and hooky. Her personality shines in the clip for the song below.
Wildhart – Fantasy
Gothenburg trio Wildhart make sophisticated pop music. New single ‘Fantasy’ is a shimmering gem of icy yet soothing vocal coo’s and glacial melodies that linger on, long after the song plays out. It’s the sonic equivalent of a snowglobe, occupying the beauty and serenity of its snowy plains.
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The KVB – In Deep
UK/Berlin duo The KVB make the drone of daily life disappear. New single ‘In Deep’ is taken from their forthcoming LP ‘Of Desire’. The song is a dissonant, depressed slug of shoegaze guitars, stinging synths and a fazed lead vocal, leading to something that is intensely captivating and memorable. This band are cool and they know it.
Joy Crookes – New Manhattan
This 17-year-old South Londoner takes on mature themes in her music, ‘New Manhattan’ shares detailed, personal imagery of a trip to New Manhattan (the name derives from an area in North Brussels). It’s her delicate touch, honest songwriting and dash of sonic drama that echoes the lyrical prowess and melodic nous of Nadine Shah. This is a very exciting introduction to the young artist.
Annabel Jones – IOU
Backed by the production of an Iggy Azalea track and all the sass of Charli XCX, ‘IOU’ is a bold, unfiltered pop blast from London singer Annabel Jones. Trailblazing with a confidence that matches her strictly brazen lyrical hits, “You nearly went mad, so I cut your ass loose” Jones is in the new breed of artists, that refreshingly speak candidly about the issues close to their hearts and all the messy bits in life.
Lusts – Sometimes
The Leicester brothers offer up a dreamy slice of guitar-led goth pop from their album ‘Illuminations’. Bands like Echo & the Bunnymen and The Cure are easily tossed around when talking about Lusts, their easily digestible sound makes for a good contemporary revival of the new wave boom that raged in the late 70s and early 80s.