Five Songs To Hear This Week – Takaakira Goto, Tandem Felix, The Mirror Trap, JPNSGRLS, The Luka State

Sorting through the week’s new singles and songs that have surfaced online over the last seven days, Jamie Skey (@jamie_skey) presents five songs you need to hear this week…

 

As their name implies, Japanese post-rock outfit Mono mostly plough one single channel: car-advert ready orchestral rock instrumentals that typically span ten-minutes. The band’s guitarist, Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto, however, has embarked on a solo excursion with notably more nuanced results, like on the classically-guided fever dream of Delicate Madness, which stitches together nerve-fraying strings with pleasingly unstable, rocking-horse rhythms.

Hailing from Dublin, mellow psych rockers Tandem Felix produce a moseying sound that places them on an altogether different sonic map to some of their noisier hometown brethren. Their latest single Nothing I Do Will Ever Be Good Enough gazes wistfully across the Atlantic, embracing the unruffled Americana vibes of Kurt Vile and Wilco.

Currently touring with Placebo, rabble rousing indie rockers The Mirror Trap unite the political passion of Billy Bragg with the angular chops of Franz Ferdinand to create razor-sharp, soapbox post-punk as per Little Ease.

Vancouver fret botherers JPNSGRLS have formulated a sound suggestive of The Strokes widening their horizons by incorporating math-rock into their sonic vocabulary, which on paper sounds ghastly, but in actuality is infectiously eccentric. Mushrooms is a brief but intense trip of frenetic guitar stitchery and from-the-gut melodicism.

Cheshire-based indie-rock trio The Luka State have got some serious cajones covering The Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows, but kudos to the trio for attempting to make the track their own with some spooky splashes of organ and brilliantly loping, almost baggy, beats.