With the majority of the world hunkered down inside, New Music Fridays is here once again to cheer you up and introduce you to some awesome new music. This week we have a mix of soul, indie, folk and pop to get your gnashers around. Click the pics to listen!
Julian Taylor – The Ridge
With a country soul and a folk heart, The Ridge by Julian Taylor saunters along on top of a rolling drumbeat, amidst a walking bassline, and finishes off with gently sliding guitars. His deep and sullen vocals are the perfect fit for the track as they come alive in the chorus, but also bring the image-laden lyrics alive in the verses. With it’s acoustic-driven nature, the track’s power is in its subtleness and catchy nature.
Hollyy – Miss the Feeling
The garage soul sound of Hollyy is in full flow on new single Miss the Feeling, exactly what we need since the recent passing of soul legend Bill Withers. The track has that old-skool sound but builds on a more modern-day musical soundscape, perhaps taking tips from early Alabama Shakes records. The vocals are perfectly on point as the instrumentation rallies to a pleasing, soulful cry.
Becca Mancari – Hunter
The Indie pop groove of Becca Mancari’s Hunter is a pleasure to listen to. With hypnotic melodies and a strong but eclectic vocal performance, it takes its time to build before sporadically unleashing lacerating, fuzzy guitar and airtight drum beats. A settled middle 8 section helps to tie everything together with Mancari’s vocals keeping everything in line with the sultry, indie rock tone.
The Tarantulips – Keep Up
What a great band name, eh? Calling on inspiration from British indie bands such as Feeder, Ash and Franz Ferdinand, Keep Up is the perfect mix of avant-rock, pulsating beats and raucous, flowing guitar. The youthful arrogance and energetic riffs are on display throughout against lyrics that are fun and at times beautifully nonsensical (“You’re wearing slippers, I’ve got a wetsuit on”) creating the perfect atmosphere to just rock out to.