The end of May is upon us and with it, it brings a lovely week of new music to enjoy. Below are five of our picks for the week, ranging from settled, folky pop to grungy indie-rock. Settle in, calm yourself, and click the pics for a listen.
The Effens – Venom Denim
Taken from upcoming EP Eventually, Venom Denim draws heavily from 90s grunge but adds an indie-pop sheen reminiscent of Pixies. The raw and powerful energy is perfectly brought to life by an intense style of production that also suits the vocal track very well. A band you’ll want to see live when restrictions allow, as it’s bound to be off the hook.
Hayley Mary – The Drip
A darker narrative than previous work, Hayley Mary of The Jezabels releases The Drip. Inspired by The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe and written at Hayley’s new location of Edinburgh, the song bounces along on a pop-rock atmosphere that comes alive in a bright and energetic chorus. It has the beauty of Kate Bush and the 90s punk of Republica. An interesting mix that works well.
Izzy Heltai – Beauty Queen
Based on pandemic romance, Izzy Heltai’s Beauty Queen goes over his intense, dramatic and, in the end, unsustainable experience through gentle lofi flows, warm melodies and vocals that caress rather than power onwards. Izzy points out that without distractions of pre-pandemic life, relationships can spiral out of control much easier with his music the perfect contraction to the heavy material.
Danielle Lewis – My Youth
Simple yet effective, Danielle Lewis plays on our emotions with gentle acoustic guitar, minimal embellishments amidst an emotion-driven track that’s impossible not to enjoy. The Welsh singer-songwriter revels in the subtle soundscapes, building tension through her sincerity and poignant lyricism before it all pulls together in a delightful chorus. Mesmerising stuff.
Gravity Circus – Shaky Little Dice Roll
Indie rockers Gravity Circus release Shaky Little Dice Roll, an emphatic, catchy as hell track that doesn’t know when to quit and will stick around in your head for days. Big riffs, commanding vocals, and infectious melodies all amalgamate together to create bursts of energy amongst rolling drums and a heavy, whooping chorus. You need to watch out for these guys – they’re on the road to becoming massive.