Enjoy these five hand-selected songs rounded up from New Music Friday’s recent releases. As we believe each track deserves repeat consumption, we’re sure you’ll find at least one song in this bunch to add to your playlists.
WOWH – “THE HITS”
London duo WOWH prove that living life a little on the wild side is essential to their light-hearted pop romps. Their latest bubblegum bop is pulsed with a Metronomy-esque synth sparkle, jumping with catchy vocals and smart hooks. Yet another defining single from the band who bombastically adopted nom-de-plume otherwise depicted as: ‘We Only Write Hits’.
LYON APPRENTICE – “STARLIGHT”
Brother duo Lyon Apprentice embrace guitar power on latest single, ‘Starlight.’ With emphasis drawn towards dream pop stylistics, the storytelling narrative is given space to swell and linger. Romantic in tone and nostalgic in spirit, the single reminisces past experiences but never feels unrelatable. A stunning wonderscope of breathtaking texture and sound – perfect for early morning or late night listening.
SLOW RIOT – “VOYEUR”
These Irish post-punks know how to pen a good tune, time and time again. Stressing importance on the guitar, the group have adopted another axe-wielding friend to join them in their sonic explorations – as evident on ‘Voyeur,’ it was clearly an inspired decision. Abrasive verses cut to clean choruses, guided by sharp stabs of steady percussion and understated bass. The guitar is leading this voyage and it we wouldn’t have it any other way. Serious intent presented in a slick, succinct package – everything about this band is great.
LOSTBOYCROW – “CHURCH WITH NO CEILING”
The velvet-toned crooner sings of a different kind of spiritual awakening on ‘Church with No Ceiling’ – free of classification and available to all. A belief in life. A belief in yourself. A belief in your experiences. Take of it what you will, but this re-definition finds resonance and we’re sure it has wings. Stylistically, a departure also. Electro-pop nuances shine a grittier edge on Lostboycrow’s R&B textures, creating a brave sonic pathway for self-expression.
LIZA ANNE – “I’M TIRED, YOU’RE LONELY”
Singing about the struggles of honest communication in relationships, Nashville’s Liza Anne takes a magnifying glass to intimacy. As devastating to listen to as it is to experience, Liza Anne deftly traces a romance in peril: “What does that say of me? /When I know it’s you calling but I let it ring.” The recording having been captured in candid light makes the words cut deeper than anything. With only voice and an electric reverbed to the max to hold the song together, it’s a visceral storytelling technique that Liza Anne utilises to glorious, evoking effect.