Prime Cuts delivers some powerful music this week, across rhythms, melodies and emotions. The sentiments of Vancouver Sleep Clinic and Julien Baker are so raw and honest, you have to remind yourselves that both artists have barely started their 20s. On the flip side, Sydney’s Miami Horror return, presenting The Shapes, and its time to celebrate like it’s the early indie 90s. A superb week in new music that we like to call CUTS.
Prime Cut: Unworthy
Cut From: Brisbane, Australia
Flavours Of: Bon Iver, Hayden Calnin, The Antlers
Inspiring to consider Tim Bettinson (Vancouver Sleep Clinic) can deliver some emotion and intensity at such an age. The pain and anguish that can be felt in this cut surpasses what most similar genre artists double his age. Emotive, powerful and gut-wrenching in those exceptional way.
Prime Cut: Stardust
Cut From: Reykjavik, Iceland
Flavours Of: James Vincent McMorrow, Jeff Buckley, Jack Garrrat
“Me, I am a watercolour washing up to the deepest sea”, captures the essence of Asgeir’s new cut Stardust, some of his more optimistic song-writing to date. A slight shift in direction for the young Icelandic artist, but full of hope and perfectly layered production that broadens in musical complexity each time you play it.
Prime Cut: Pleasure
Cut From: Calgary, Canada
Flavours Of: PJ Harvey, Cat Power, Sharon Von Etten
Raw and stripped back emotions create an intensity and uncomfortable feeling for Feist’s first cut in around six years. Pleasure, perhaps ironic in its title is gritty and uncompromising, its production hollow and imposing.
Prime Cut: Sign Of The Times
Cut From: Sydney, Australia
Flavours Of: Hot Chip, Hercules & Love Affair, Friendly Fires
If you are old enough to cast your mind back to the early 90s when Manchester produced some of the best indie music and transitioned the power of live gigs to the dance floor, well the latest delivery from Miami Horrors Presents: The Shapes will get some of the rug cut. Opening cut ‘Sign Of The Times’ is blissfully vibed and completely addictive. For Australian fans, the last glimmer of hope for our Australian summer.
Prime Cut: Distant Solar Systems
Cut From: Tennesse, USA
Flavours Of: Laura Marling, SOAK, Frankie Cosmos
Artists like Julien Baker need only their voice and their fingers to pluck away on guitar strings, to create the melody and tone that surpasses the emotions that are created from overly produced songs. ‘Distant Solar Systems’ confirms Baker as one of the world’s most talented young songwriters, not in complexity but in unforced emotion and beauty. This is sublime and so gentle on the heart-strings.