Once again, our Shepard here at TWL has scoured the charts to produce this week’s juiciest picks. Making our lives a little easier in the fast paced world of music consumption. This week we have have the highlights from the United Kingdom, America and Ireland; a place far too often overlooked in the independent music scene. So without further ado, lets tuck into some of the finest tracks served up by the hottest artists right now.
Prime Cut: Rain
Cut From: Oxford, UK
Kind Of Reminds Us Of: Majical Cloudz
For this year’s Record Store Day , Foals are releasing a special 7-inch single, the A-side, a previously unheard track entitled ‘Rain’. This is a completely minimal sound in contrast to their What Went Down album, but it shows Yannis Philippaakis’ powerful vocal ability and after a few listens there is something touching and sensitive about this track that deserves a Prime Cut.
Prime Cut: The Forbidden
Cut From: New York, NY
Kind Of Reminds Us Of: The Radio Dept, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Summer Heart is the solo project of Swedish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, David Alexander. ‘The Forbidden’ uses a mix of vocals, guitar, synths, bass and drum machines to create his signature variety of hazy, dream pop. It generally is the case that such, lets call them “timid” artists go under the radar but that is not to say they wont be big influences and given enough time, Summer Heart may well influence artist’s of the future.
Prime Cut: Killer
Cut From: South Hampton, Uk
Kind Of Reminds Us Of: The Dead Weather, Blood Red Shoes
Band of Skulls have always made music their own way despite fads, bandwagons and the in flux of dream pop, slacker rock and electro-pop influencing many artists these days. Band of Skulls make stadium prog rock music that is loud, unrelenting and powerful. ‘Killer’ is the first single delivered from their new album By Default, due out end of May. This is going to sound massive at festivals this year.
Prime Cut: Easier Days
Cut From: Dublin Ireland
Kind Of Reminds Us Of: Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, Daughter
We don’t hear enough of bands out of Ireland and that is a real shame considering the quality of indie music consistently produced from this city. A city where music comes from the heart and runs through all Dublinite’s veins. ‘Easier Day’, taken from their recently delivered second album Epherema, is a big, mature step forward for the band. An excellent track beautifully produced and constructed with such skill making heights that this band can reach, apparent.
Prime Cut: Not For Nothing
Cut From: New York, NY
Kind Of Reminds Us Of: Connor Oberst, M. Ward
Not just a wonderfully catchy and beautiful song, the video for ‘Not For Nothing’ is as mesmerising as it is clever with its unique animation and production. Mutual Benefit (aka Jordan Lee) continues along his warm-hearted vulnerable path of great song writing. Best described as lush astral folk with intricate composition.