Welcome to this week’s New Music Fridays! What better way to relax away from the troubles of the world than by taking in the heady goodness of our 5 chosen tracks below? As always, click the pics to listen to the sweet sweet music.
Marlene Oak – One Way
Growing up on a small island outside Stockholm, you can really hear the solitude and self-reflecting atmosphere on Marlene Oak’s new track, One Way. Co-written and co-produced with Jake Bugg, the song really has that timeless quality that suits her subtle but powerful vocals. The track focuses on the courage to open new doors amongst gentle guitar that builds into a catchy chorus that’s impossible not to like.
Wolver – My Wife, the Witch
Narrating stories from a fantasy world, its rollicking rock fun from the very first breath of the track. Angry, raw and energetic sounds draw on Muse, Red Hot Chili’s and Queen to create a something that amalgamates the best of all the influences and throws in a few big ideas of their own. Perfectly paced, beautiful warblings and a really catchy sound all come together to make this a highly likeable and confident release that’s a real gem.
Micah and Julia – For
Sometimes the best songs come out of you when you write about what you know. That’s exactly what happened with For, reminiscing about past experiences with close friends and family. Its appeal is in the tight vocals that dance around each other, harmonising to perfection amongst an ongoing guitar riff that parts way for a more nuanced section and more vocal play. This duo have a strong future if this track is anything to go by.
Rowe – Again
Rowe is the solo-project of California-based artist Becky Flip with track Again focussing on the problem of romanticizing about the past and how it can eat away at you. The deep and sultry vocals are the first thing that draws your attention as steady beats keep the sound in check as it dives forward amongst settled tones in a beautiful atmosphere. The chorus really works well to tie everything together for one hell of a track.
Flakestate – I Was Wrong To Assume
Starting with gentle piano and rough but ready vocals, the gentle pace gradually builds into a beautiful crescendo of sound before electro beats kick in to keep things interesting. It’s a well-tailored track that revels in new ideas and strong musicianship. The electronic sound appears intermittently to help break the track up and really feel like a breath of fresh affair against the rest of the indie sound. Great work.