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...
Indie rock is currently in rude health in Canada, and Saskatoon natives Close Talker are one of their country’s most zesty exports. Preparing the way for the group’s second album, Flux, For The Sun proves to be a golden beam of wistful, intricate guitar pop framed by Local Natives-like harmonies and Bombay Bicycle Club briskness.
London-based horn-blowing quartet Sons Of Kemet are one of Britain’s most incendiary experimental groups, a proclamation backed up by the fact that their 2013 barnstorming debut, Burn, won a MOBO. It’s no surprise, then, that a host of remixers have been queuing up to recast their tunes and a daring alternative-pop collaboration Blludd Relations has given album track Going Home a trippy, dancefloor-propelled makeover which completely turns the original on its head.
Brighton-based musical soap-dodgers Demob Happy make a garage-rock racket as unclean as their apparent appearance. New single Succubus is a degenerate scuzz clatter that will quickly get under your skin as it resonates with the sort of errie paranoia that underscored QOTSA's early work.
Anglo-Norwegian song-poet Sasha Siem has signalled the release of a brand new single in the orchestrated shape of My Friend, which, if you were to construct a Venn Diagram between Bjork and Leonard Cohen, you’d find the tune somewhere in the shaded middle section.
Former touring buddies of The Wytches, distortion-worshipping doom and gloom merchants Morning Smoke return with new single Hunger. Imagine Ian Curtis howling over Sonic Youth-circa Goo, and you’re in the right ballpark.