Always remember the 5th of November… and not just for fireworks this year, but also our first New Music Friday post of the month! This week brings another batch of great artists on our radar for you to enjoy. As always, click the pics for a listen.
Lea Willms – Blood Runs Red
Displaying the pain of betrayal within a relationship, Blood Runs Red builds on a dark, alt-pop sound full of hurt, danger, and menace. That sinister edge suits the vocal performance well, before settling down against a pulsing drumbeat and a slight warmth in its direction. Twisting and turning yet wonderfully stripped back – this is a hard format to get right but it’s done well, here.
Deadletter – Pop Culture Connoisseur
Yorkshire come London-based 6 piece Deadletter have created as an art-rock, pop-punk sound that builds mercilessly and creeps into your mind and refused to leave. With fuzzy guitars, a catchy chorus and a tongue-in-cheek narrative, the track comments on modern morality amongst turns in energetic sounds and settled sections. Fun and frantic.
Benjamin Mullins – Hold the Dark
A beautifully poignant and pretty folk-laden track that shows off Mullins’ great songwriting skills. Doing so much with so little, Mullins expertly combines, guitar, strings and a wonderful vocal performance to make the song sound a lot bigger than it is. Quiet and contemplative yet perfectly structured and memorable, the track then comes alive as drums are added into the fray in the perfect way. A great track.
Amy Allen – End of a Dark Age
Taken from her EP, AWW!, the track is beautifully conceived out of the dark and into the light. A subtle, acoustic flow is brightened up by a hint of pop-country flow that is brought together well by the drums. This allows Allen’s vocals to dance over the track in a mesmerising and delightful way. Lots of heartache but also lots of promise, Allen is going places.