Five Things We Liked This Week – 04/03/2016

Another sterling effort from the musicians of the world this week, sadly we don’t have room to tell you about everything. If five tracks isn’t enough though we’d also gladly point you in the direction of… Steven James Adams, Kate Jackson, Explosions In The Sky, The Kills, Innerspace Orchestra, Mutual Benefit, Nap Eyes, Fear Of Men, Luke Elliot, Yung, Why We LoveTacocat, Martha, Kikagaku Moya, Candace, Benedict Benjamin, Frightened Rabbit and Kyle Craft.

5. Girl Ray Just Wanna Have Fun

London-trio Girl Ray may have only been a band for little more than a year but they’re already starting to make waves. Continuing their meteoric rise, this week they’ve shared a brand new single, I’ll Make It Fun, and last night they appeared in session for Marc Riley.

I’ll Make It Fun picks up where last year’s Ghostly single left off; it’s just the right side of shambolic, lo-fi and bordering on home made. The prominent bass melds with the bright guitar jangling, and tight vocal harmonies, forming a glorious middle ground of Cate Le Bon, Pavement and Architecture in Helsinki. Whilst there’s no talk of albums, tours or anything much but this single right now, this track just adds to the feeling Girl Ray could be onto something very special.

Keep up to date with all things Girl Ray by clicking HERE.

4. Pine Forest

Up until this week we only knew Chris Cohen as a Norwich-born Nottingham Forest central midfielder: the unfortunate recipient of three separate career threatening cruciate ligament injuries. Whilst those injuries would have given him plenty of time to work on a recording career, we’re almost certain the man behind the music just happens to share a name.

This Chris Cohen is a Los Angeles based songwriter, who has this week confirmed details of his second album for Captured Tracks. That record, As If Apart, will see the light of day in May, but to whet appetites he has shared it’s first single, Torrey Pine. Chris’ previous credits include work with Deerhoof and Cass McCombs, but his solo work walks a different path; a more modern take on the blissed out pop of the 1970’s, Torrey Pine is equal parts Harry Nilsson and an even more laid back Real Estate. Carry on like this and it won’t be long before it’s not just the City Ground where everyone chants Chris Cohen’s name.

As If Apart is out May 6th via Captured Tracks. 

3. Cate’s Wonderful New Song

Fresh from the brilliance of last years DRINKS album, Welsh-wonder Cate Le Bon is back with her first solo material since 2013’s superb Mug Museum. The single Wonderful, is lifted from her upcoming fourth album Crab Day which is out next month on Turnstile. Cate has described the album as, “a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up”. It is sometimes hard to work out if Cate is just mocking us all, but thankfully her music more than makes up for the confusion caused.

Wonderful seems to have borrowed some of DRINKS angular arty rhythms, and added a dose of vibraphone and honk of saxophone. Cate has described the track as an awkward love song and it is accompanied by an equally awkward, and superbly bizarre, dance routine of a video. Cate’s also heading out on tour with her new band Banana, an ensemble of collaborators including Sweet Baboo, H.Hawkline and Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa, which sounds fascinating.

2. Vintage Telemanster

London indie-heroes in waiting Teleman, have this week shared the video for their new single Düsseldorf. The track is the latest to be lifted from their upcoming Moshi Moshi album, Brilliant Sanity. Düsseldorf is the sound of a band continuing to grow in confidence and ambition, whilst unashamedly embracing their pop-leanings. Building from a persistent driving drum beat, and Sparks like keyboard flourish, the tracks bursts into life via an instant ear-worm of a guitar line and Thomas Sanders unmistakable vocal; it might just be the bands best single yet.

We were lucky enough to stumble across tickets for their recent Brilliant Sanity preview show at Hackney’s clothes shop turned gig venue, Paper Dress Vintage. It was clear from watching the set that Teleman have upped their game for this new record, sharpening their guitar-hooks, and layering them with 1980’s leaning electronics New Order would be proud of and some brilliantly creative drum beats. Brilliant Sanity looks set to be a step towards Teleman’s route to world domination, and a giant leap towards us finally starting to think of them without thinking of Thomas as the bloke from Pete & The Pirates.

Brilliant Sanity is out April 8th via Moshi Moshi. Click HERE for all upcoming Teleman shows. 

1. The Goon Sax Aren’t Up To Anything

Ludicrously talented teenage trio The Goon Sax had already grabbed our attention with barnstorming singles Boyfriend and Sometimes Accidentally, and featured in our tips for 2016. This week to much excitement around these parts, they have confirmed details of their upcoming debut album, Up To Anything which will be released on Chapter Music next month.

They’ve also this week shared the albums title track, yet more evidence for the theory that they’re probably the most exciting Indie-Pop band on the planet. Here The Good Sax are blending the glorious lo-fi melancholy of Galaxie 500 with the poppier moments of The Vaselines or Teenage Fanclub. As ever the lyrics tumble out as a stream of consciousness, painting vivid pictures of the mundane and sometimes lugubrious process of growing up, and wanting to be someone, singer Louis Foster noting, “I only do these things, so I can tell you about doing them”. Thrilling stuff, The Goon Sax take us back to memories of our teenage years, even though they’re still living through theirs, roll on the album.

Up To Anything is out via Chapter Music on April 8th (UK). 

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