Five Songs To Hear This Week – Stillwave, Girl Friend, Early Ghosts, House Of Wolves, Stearica

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…


On the chugging fever dream of Tarmac Plains, Dutch widescreen rockers Stillwave superimpose the sleek carnality of Wild Beasts atop Joy Division’s art-minded despair, but end up conjuring an intimate intensity that’s all their own.

Mancunian synth-pop trio Girl Friend extend their sartorial smoothness to their Balearics-soaked beats, like on the lusty disco groove of Monte Carlo, a beachfront soundtracking mix of champagne-fizz synths and amorous longing.

Pastoral folk, psychedelia and shades of spaghetti western comingle on London-based five piece Early GhostsDevil’s Got Me Down, which sounds like the Fleet Foxes conjuring Jim Morrison in a stoner séance.

Californian native Rey Villalobos operates under the stage name of House Of Wolves, the literal translation of his surname. Villalobos creates lo-fi gusts of sad folk that tremble like gently spreading ripples on a moonlit lake, as per Daughters Of The Sea.

Italian experimental rock trio Stearica have recently been signed to 65daysofstatic’s imprint, Monotreme Records, and now celebrate with the release of the storming, hypnotic Halite, which is as inscrutably dark as anything Battles have put out while always keeping one eye on the (industrial-loving) dance floor.