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.
BRYDE – “ON THE SUBJECT OF BREATHING”
New from Sarah Howells’ Bryde: a taste of captivating composition rolled into a breathtakingly turbulent three minutes. As the first chapter of new material since the release of her debut album, ‘On the Subject of Breathing’ is graciously welcomed – and as a standalone single there’s much to admire. A strummed refrain settles in, building melody into frame breathy control and magnetising cadence. Howells has a brilliant mastery of her innate instrument, encompassing strength and vulnerability at once her voice is versatile and powerful, impassioning her stories with a fingerprint that is distinctly her own. A likely indication of the emotional rollercoaster to come, we all best be ready – but if the waiting is too much to bear then you must source a ticket and attend one of Bryde’s November tour dates.
LUKE SITAL-SINGH – “THE LAST DAY”
The work of Luke Sital-Singh has intense value, his songs are not just personal in nature but widely encompassing – topics of pain, grief and connection make regular appearances. Sital-Singh’s latest single, ‘The Last Day’ is occupied by thoughts of mortality, the precious time we share with our loved ones, and the beauty of life. Wrapped in a simple structure the words become even more poignant, painting a watercolor of sentiment Sital-Singh’s lyrics offer a full range of imagery and emotion, through romantic notions of watching the world go by, to the stark revelation of credits rolling and eventualities coming to a head. Yet the overwhelming response that one might feel to ‘The Last Day’ is of harmony, of kinship, of revitalisation. Discussing the big questions in a tender, heartfelt fashion seems to be Sital-Singh’s forte, please never stop.
WHITE LIES – “BELIEVE IT”
The second preview of White Lies’ new record, Five, appears in the form of ‘Believe It’. A song full of life and colour, probably the most uplifting track they’ve released to date. Lyrically it follows a more composite route (although it has its scathing moments too), as a song interested in discussing types of therapy and the shifting perspectives people have towards the practise: “Those passionate towards it, those sceptical of it, and those out to make money from it” says the band. The song is refreshingly direct and picks up a few prominent lyrical motifs from previous track ‘Time to Give’, adding to the larger narrative of Five. The style reflects White Lies’ timeless ambition, bridging anthemic power pop with darkly romantic vocals and surging atmospherics. ‘Believe It’ is a massive tune and from experience it doesn’t lose potency with each fresh listen. Hear it live at a show near you when the band heads back out on tour in January 2019 – and keep an eye out for the new album hitting stores on 1st February.
OCTOBER DRIFT – “COME AND FIND ME”
Released through Fierce Panda Records, ‘Come and Find Me’ is October Drift at their most violently visceral. A glance at a band sure of themselves, and their sound, yet still invested in exploring new ways of expression and delivery. The single provides cacophony and introspection, a frantic carriage for wall of sound distortion and kinetic dynamic but also a method for self dissection and investigating the psychology of the human condition. It’s another energetic, adrenaline-fuelled moment from October Drift, but this time, one that comes pre-approved with a seal of esteem from the wider industry. Catch the band on tour throughout November and December taking in venues big and small for their next UK road trip; live is the best way to experience the miracle of October Drift, don’t miss out.
BROKEN HANDS – “FRIENDS HOUSE”
‘Friends House’ is part of a double release (alongside groovy riff-monster ‘Split in Two’), it’s the first set of new music from the band since signing with Atlantic Records. Each illustrates Broken Hands’ fierce ability to produce stomping tunes that tip the balance between heavy rock, irresistible hooks and contemporary production. ‘Friends House’ is the track that moves the story forward, offering a glimpse into the band’s invigorated soundworld of album two. The initial hit of keys introduces an eerie Linkin Park-esque melody line for something grittier to surround, drums and bass dirty up the space and guitars join in later. Lyrically this track is unusual for Broken Hands, offering a significantly more impassioned and provoked stance than we’ve heard before; it feels personal, ominous, prickly. The meaning is unclear but we get the sense that all’s not rosy, a stunning moment nevertheless. Stay tuned for more music and check out the band’s touring schedule for live dates across the UK this November/December.