Enjoy these five hand-selected songs rounded up from New Music Friday’s recent releases. Because 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.
INDOOR PETS – “HI”
Retaining the self-depreciating lyrics of past material, ‘Hi’ somehow avoids any downcast dreariness and sails straight to the top. Fuzzy, octane riffery juxtaposes verses of mundane mid tempo storytelling, while this single is tonally more diverse than the band’s back catalogue it provides a great opportunity for fans to explore Indoor Pets’ evolving approach. As the band’s first official release with Wichita Recordings, ‘Hi’ ties together the threads of what we already know and introduces a multi-faceted mutation, rooted in advancement and crafted with careful consideration – it’s a calming storm but a wildness festers within.
WHENYOUNG – “GIVEN UP”
The lead single of whenyoung’s debut EP is another standout. Buzzing with live energy, the cut speaks a meaningful message of owning your choices and participating to make a change if you’re unhappy. Misdirection is just a blip on the radar, a fresh perspective is all that separates the good decisions from the bad. Actively pushing forward these themes the instrumentation dashes between steady and gushing, guitar and drums the most pungent elements alongside Aoife Power’s effervescent call. The band continues to sweep up touring miles, heading out again for shows in the UK and Ireland, don’t miss out on getting your fix.
CHAIN WALLET – “RIDE”
Bergen’s Chain Wallet returns with new material, the first since the release of their debut album. ‘Ride’ is a gorgeously hazy and sprightly nod to the ’80s that jangles with sweet guitars and poppy progressions. Like Wild Nothing, Chain Wallet is a project that doesn’t rely on the recycling of old sounds to make its mark, it forges its own path of hand-crafted assembly. The euphoric cut leads news of a second album – ‘No Ritual’ – due for release in February 2019, if this track is anything to go off the record will be as wide-eyed and infectious as their last. Super!
LOSTBOYCROW – “SINCE THE DAY I WAS BORN”
Embracing the rejuvenating power of self-exploration and creative freedom, Los Angeles’ Lostboycrow follows his north star to a place of truth, soul searching and his roots. Unusually melancholy and somber in tone, ‘Since the Day I Was Born’ flips through the pages of memory and looks to gain insight, What makes us who we are? How much do we change over the span of a lifetime? Is the world so unrecognisable that our youth is a distant place? Grasping for familiarity, the song speaks a language of vulnerability and strength more raw than we’ve ever received from the artist, the production is similarly bare and stripped, and breathes a soulful, almost-gospel sway of R&B pop. A beautiful celebration of humanity.
PIP BLOM – “COME HOME”
Broody and darker edged than Pip Blom’s earlier cuts, ‘Come Home’ reveals a hint at a maturing of influence and experience. Having toured recently with the Breeders, there is some reflection of that entanglement in this new single: a stark vocal spearheaded by wiry guitars, a throbbing consistency of bass, strident drums thriving a propulsive rhythm and heavy dose of atmospheric intensity. It’s a reverent blend of tightly honed musicianship and layered songwriting. As the second single lifted from Pip Blom’s upcoming EP release, we can feel the band is on to something great – keep an eye out.