No matter your music sensibilities, we challenge you to not find a golden musical nugget in this week’s batch of Prime Cuts. From James McMorrow’s emotive quirks, Pixies back-to-form ‘Um Chagga Lagga’, Local Natives matured yet ironically titled ‘Fountain of Youth’ or Wild Beasts’ off kilter humour. Have we mentioned Casino Clams and Jack River are back with some bloody rippers to make you dance, cry or both? Dance cry, because life is short.
Artist: James Vincent McMorrow
Prime Cut: Rising Water
Cut From: Dublin, Ireland
Flavours Of: James Blake, Bon Iver, Deptford Goth
Following the release of James Vincent McMorrow’s sophomore album Post Tropical, McMorrow could have gone down one of two paths, the euphoric yet melancholy route or the reflective yet uplifting route. ‘Rising Water’ draws upon a driving beat, quirky synths and McMorrow’s unforgettable falsetto to deliver a superb new single full of hope, soulful sensibilities and heartfelt emotion.
Prime Cut: Um Chagga Lagga
Cut From: Boston, Massachusetts
Flavours Of: Iggy Pop, Eagles of Death Metal, Black Sabbath
What is an “Um Chagga Lagga”? Beats us and it really doesn’t make a difference, the Pixies are simply having a bit of fun here since their first single since their less than well received ‘Indie Cindy’. The Pixies are as nonchalant as ever with their heavy, sloppy and gritty tongue in cheek. The Pixies may never redefine themselves, but its good to have them back.
Artist: Local Natives
Prime Cut: Fountains of Youth
Cut From: Los Angeles, California
Flavours Of: The Shins, Fleet Foxes
With two very accomplished albums written and a world tour under their belt, Local Natives show their emerging confidence and maturity with ‘Fountains of Youth’. We celebrate yet another great foot forward from this LA Band, who have a knack for writing powerful music with a perfect balance of fragility. ‘Fountains of Youth’ is a ode to the power of youth and with the band’s trademark harmonsied vocal chants. Yet another outstanding track from a band who continue to excite in the studio and out.
Artist: Wild Beasts
Prime Cut: Big Cat
Cut From: London, United Kingdom
Flavours Of: Muse, Everything Everything, ANOHNI
Since their debut Limbo, Panto the Wild Beasts have consistently delivered original pop music that is emotionally unstable and musically unique. Thanks, primarily, to the unmissable vocal arrangements by their two lead singers. ‘Big Cat’, maintains the whole off-beat electro sound. This is probably the closest that Wild Beasts will get to a dance floor hit. Always inventive and always just pushing the envelope of uncomfortable representation.
Artist: Casino Clams
Prime Cut: Ghost in a Kiss
Cut From: New Jersey, United States
Flavours Of: Massive Attack, Leftfield, UNKLE
Featuring guest vocals from no other than Future Island’s Samuel T.Herring, ‘Ghost In A Kiss’s’ vocal arrangement are disturbed and haunting. Casino Clams have created a claustrophobic wall of instrumentation that wrap around Herring’s vocal to deliver a creative musical tale that is both mersmerising and compelling, with a video equally so.
Artist: Jack River
Prime Cut: Talk Like That
Cut From: Forster NSW, Australia
Flavours Of: M83, Chairlift, St. Vincent
I OH YOU have a lot to shout about with the recent signing of Jack River aka Holly Rankin who is no flash in the pan. Having first gained a decent amount of airplay in 2010. This new single ‘Talk Like That’ spoils us with a hotchpotch of pop and electronic that is weaved together with a great melody. Rankin’s vocal oozes confidence and cool as the synths lift to create a great chorus. Jack River has tipped the scales in favour of I OH YOU and will be one to watch as we head over the hump of 2016.