Five Things We Liked This Week – 14/10/2016

Further Listening: Gallery 47, El Hombre Trajeado, The Wharves, Kathryn Joseph, Mitski, Lily & Madeleine, Savoy Motel, Lunacre, Georgie, The Wave PicturesWL, Husky Loops, Minihorse, EZTV, Irma Vep, Stef Chura, Her’s, Michael Chapman, Holly MacVe and this cover of Blue Moon by Many Voices Speak.

5. Lisa Mitchell Goes Pop (Art)

Today marks the digital arrival of Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Mitchell’s third album, Warriors, her first for Play It Again Sam. You’ll have to wait until the new year for physical copies though. Prior to the album’s release, Lisa shared a brand new single entitled Warhol.

Warhol is an intriguing piece, building from a jerky Animal Collective beat, into a blend of acoustic strumming, and stadium sized Elbow drum beats, Lisa’s soaring, Laura Gibson-like, hook laden vocal melody is the only constant on this ever evolving sonic tapestry. Explaining the title Lisa recalls, “I kept hearing Warhol through the melody I was mumbling…It’s as if I was calling out to Andy Warhol , as if he were a dear confidante…A world to find refuge in…”. While Lisa might find her refuge in Warhol’s Pop Art world, but we can think of worse places to get lost than the music he’s inspired her to make.

Warriors is out digitally today via Play It Again Sam. Lisa Mitchell tours Europe in February, click HERE for details.

4. Pale Honey Is A Real Thing

Gothenburg-duo Pale Honey released their self-titled debut album last year, and this week have re-emerged with the first new material since then in the shape of new single Real Thing. It’s the first taste of their second album, which should be due next Spring.

The band have described Real Thing as, “what happened when we blew our minds. It’s all about knowing what you want and that you’re going to get it. For us it’s courage and confidence packed and pressed into one song.” Bold claims, but ones that are backed up in the quality of the music, Real Thing goes from a strutting glam-rock guitar line, into the main body that’s equal parts Elastica and Honeyblood. There’s life in rock music yet!

Real Thing is out today via Bolero Records. Pale Honey play London’s The Lexington on October 27th, click HERE for details.

3. James And The Giant Screen

James Leonard Hewitson might only just be starting his musical career, but he could arguably already claim to be the most famous Hartlepool musician since original Fleetwood Mac guitarist, Jeremy Spencer. Citing influences from Parquet Court to The Walkmen, James has this week shared his second single, The Screen, his musing on the influence of social media on our day to day lives.

Musically, The Screen is delightfully odd, there’s nods to the drone pop of Django Django, but also the rapid fire delivery of Sleaford Mods and the wonky pop of Super Furry Animals. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re being brainwashed, as James constantly repeats, “just keep looking at the screen” over a twitching swirls of synths and steady pulsating drum beat. Two tracks in, and things are already looking very bright, now quick go and talk about him on social media, or it’ll be like it never happened.

The Screen is out today via Endearment Records. Click HERE for details of upcoming James Leonard Hewitson dates.

2. Doctors Reccomend Listening To Sacred Paws Everyday

Sacred Paws are the Geographically disparate duo of Rachel Aggs (also a member of Shopping/Trash Kit) and Eilidh Rodgers, who are based in London and Glasgow, some 400 miles apart from one another. The pair are releasing a new single next week via Mogwai’s Rock Action Records, and have celebrated it by sharing their new lo-fi and nostalgic video for lead track Everyday, directed by Roxanne Clifford (Patience/Veronica Falls).

Everyday is the first new material from Sacred Paws since last year’s excellent and accurately titled EP, Six Songs. Everyday is built around an infectious afro-beat guitar riff Tigercats would be proud of, complex rhythms and clever vocal harmonies pitched somewhere between Tuff Love and The Wharves. It would have made an excellent soundtrack to long summer evenings, if they were still around. Mark us down as intrigued, and expect to hear a lot more from this talented twosome in the coming months.

Everyday/Rest is out October 21st via Rock Action Records. Click HERE for all upcoming Sacred Paws shows (currently Glasgow only)

1. Rapunzel Joins The Marines

London quartet Marine are set to head out today on what they’ve dubbed the Storybook Tour, a collection of live dates many of which are set to take place in book shops and comic stores around the country. To celebrate the occasion, the band have also shared the video for new single Rapunzel, the visuals to which are inspired by “Elvis Presley, the Spice Girls and Bulgarian folk dance.”

Marine describe themselves as, “‘Fable Electric’, a genre all their own, combining their fascination of the underworld, Seal demons, mighty Kraken, werewolves, witches and gods…. even questioning the very nature of storytelling itself.” Which is all very confusing sounding, but thankfully the aural experience is less complex, there are nods to the folkier end of Warpaint’s output, or a more rural take on PINS bewitching, girl gang harmonies. We’re not entirely they’re not trying to recruit everyone into some sort of cult/occult, but if it sounds this good, we might not take much persuading.

Marine’s Storybook Tour starts today, click HERE for details.

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