Further Listening: Hater, Brave Little Note, Analog Candle, Jay Som, The Courtneys, Allison Crutchfield, Cocorosie, Magana, Ailbhe Reddy, Laminate Pet Animals, Fuzzystar, Gulp, Boosegumps, The Wild Reeds, The Wooden Sky, The Sloppy Heads, Penelope Isles, NEW EViL, Jenn Grant, Taffy, Duke Garwood, Idle Bloom, Goodman, Ela Minus, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Laucan and the new track from Los Campesinos!
5. Hungry For The Riff Raff
We mentioned the upcoming Hurray For The Riff Raff record, The Navigator, at the back end of last year. That was when the band, who are essentially the work of Alynda Segarra, shared the first single, the excellent Rican Beach. This week ahead of that release the band have shared a second taste of the record, Hungry Ghosts.
As with Rican Beach, Hungry Ghosts seems to suggest Alynda’s songwriting is going in new direction; foregoing the usual country-led sound, for a piece of sparkling power-pop. Alynda’s rich vocals roar out atop a backing of thrashing power chords and driving bass-lines, as the drums tick out a steady, powerful rhythm – this is Hurray For The Riff Raff, but not as you’ve know them before. One thing that clearly hasn’t changed is the pure spirit and fight Alynda possesses, which shines here in the accompanying video which was filmed in New Orleans and pays tribute to safe venues and parties offering sanctuary for the LGBTQ community. Discussing the video Alynda notes, “Queerness is the future of our country and we, the future generation, are aiming for the freedom of gender fluidity and inter-sectional justice for all people. As artists and freethinkers we must care for each other and hold these safe spaces close to us.” As per usual, Alynda is absolutely right, the future might be uncertain, but Hurray For The Riff Raff, the world needs this band.
The Navigator is out March 10th via ATO Records. Click HERE for all upcoming Hurray For The Riff Raff tour dates.
4. Her Harbour Shares Her Chiming New Single
Her Harbour is the musical project of Ottowan songwriter, Gabrielle Giguere. This week Her Harbour has shared her stunning and ambitious new single, Chime & Knell. The track is lifted from her upcoming LP, Go Gently Into The Night, the title of which is presumably lifted from the contrastingly named Dylan Thomas poem.
When exposed to as much new music as we are, it’s quite rare to come across something that’s so unique, arresting and utterly compelling as Chime & Knell. Gently unfurling across its six and a half minute run time, Chime & Knell is based around the haunting echo of a piano, and Gabriella’s dream-like vocals, the final minute seems to enter Peter Broderick territory, with subtle details to the fore, as it softly fades to black. Discussing the inspiration behind the track, Gabrielle has suggested it’s about Spring’s ability to juxtapose life and death, “In a season that had always seemed abundant with life, I felt haunted by death; I saw it in the landscape and everything that surrounded me. I ultimately found peace in understanding the importance of loss to life renewing itself and hoped to convey that sentiment”. Ambitious, articulate and very intriguing, Her Harbour fascinate us.
Go Gently Into The Night is out February 3rd via E-Tron Records. Click HERE for all upcoming Her Harbour shows.
3. Never Start On The Middle Kids
As endorsements go, having Elton John as a celebrity endorser is quite the coup – and Australian-trio Middle Kids are lucky enough to count Reg himself as a fan, after he declared himself an admirer of their debut single, Edge Of Town. A deal with Domino in the US has now followed, and they’ll release a new EP next month. Ahead of that release, this week the bands have shared their new single, Never Start.
Never Start starts off as an upbeat slice of Americana, in the mould of Horse Thief or Fleet Foxes; but morphs into a perfect upbeat chorus; singer Hannah Joy’s voice soaring and swooping with an easy grace, as Rilo Kiley like guitars chime majestically, and drums clatter, fizzing with a tangible energy. Where Middle Kids are concerned, it’s surely going to be a case of where Sir Elton leads, the world follows – they’re going to be stars.
Middle Kids self-titled EP is out February 17th via Domino (US), EMI (Oz) and self-released (UK). Click HERE for all upcoming Middle Kids live dates.
2. The Nadia Reid Preservation Society
“Preservation’ is about the point I started to love myself again. It is about strength, observation and sobriety,” says Nadia Reid about her upcoming album. Preservation is the result of both the relative success, and ensuing relentless touring that came with her debut album, Listen To Formation Look For The Signs.
This week ahead of the upcoming albums release, Nadia has shared a brand new single Richard. This is dramatic music, complex percussion propels along, fuzzy, over-driven guitars, as Nadia’s emotive, country-tinged vocal flutters around sweet melodies, it’s reminiscent of the likes of Laura Veirs or Torres. Whatever the world makes of Preservations, you could argue it’s already a success, as Nadia herself says, “This record is about being OK with who I am in the world, and who I want to be” – and wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone had that moment of revelation.
Preservation is out March 3rd via Basin Rock. Click HERE for all upcoming Nadia Reid shows.
1. Timber Timbre Give Us The Sewer Blues
We hadn’t got a clue a new Timber Timbre album was in the offing, but we’re struggling to think of a new release from any band we’d be more excited about. The follow up to 2014’s magnificent Hot Dreams, the Canadian trios new offering, Sincerely, Future Pollution, will be out in April, and this week the band have shared the first taster in new single Sewer Blues.
Sewer Blues is a track that’s both classically Timber Timbre, and equally forward thinking. Taylor Kirk’s vocal remains eerie and intense, the drums still seem to kick you straight in the gut, but there’s progress here, those Wild Beasts’ like synthesisers that seem to pulse in time with your heart beat, there’s even a touch of the Twilight Sad at their most restrained: it’s essentially the exact single we’d hope they’d make. Enigmatically titled, and featuring an early contender for the year’s best single, Sincerely, Future Pollution promises to be one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and we frankly can’t wait to hear it.
Sincerely, Future Pollution is out April 7th via City Slang / Arts & Crafts. Click HERE for all upcoming Timber Timbre tour dates.