Here we are once again on Friday, offering up to you lovely Vinyl Chapters readers the chance to listen to our top four tracks of the week. These up and coming artists really know how to write a catchy tune, with the tracks showing off some great songwriting skills and an ear for melody. As always, ‘click the pics’ to listen.
The Ballroom Thieves – Unlovely (feat. Darlingside)
This track is really something special. The minute you think you’ve worked it out, everything changes. Starting off with slow piano, vocals and harmonies are gradually added before it’s all electrified by quick guitar strikes and clever intermittent bursts of energy. Suddenly, the chorus comes alive as if from nowhere. The band find rhythms and melodies where others wouldn’t and are unafraid to make changes at the drop of the hat. Mesmerizing, clever and intuitive work.
BIRTHH – Yello/Concrete
Italian Bedroom-pop artist BIRTHH shares with us new track Yello/Concrete, a song about staying grounded and being present in an ever-unpredictable world. Tight beats accompany a rolling rhythm as BIRTHH’s sweet but solid vocals slide over the top in their breezy and effortless way. With perfectly placed breakdown sections and an overall organic sound, the track grows as it progresses and allowed to breathe where needed as the beats drop in and out. Impressive work.
Kape Yeel – Sex Addicts
Sex Addicts is a song about internet porn. Yep. It’s funky, disco vibe plays off this source material in a fun and interesting way as the Swedish trio bump and grind their way through the track on an addictive bassline, playful synths and an honest and open attitude. Reminding of OK Go’s more recent material, the track uses minimalism to bring out the vocals and make them the focal point. Ridiculously catchy and instantly listenable.
Mopac – Burn & Soothe
Exploring love’s double-edge, Burn & Soothe from Mopac slowly creeps up on your consciousness as a walking bassline and layered guitars work seamlessly to drag the track forward. This track has so many twists and turns, the minute you think you’ve worked it out, it moves onto the next thing. Christin Monts haunting vocals take the listener by the hand through funky grooves and tantalising melodies in an expertly crafted track.