Further Listening: Girl Ray, Sprinters, PWR BTTM, Fionn Regan, Jeremy Tuplin, Loco Ono, Cardinal Harbor, Diet Cig, Andrew Combs, Whitney, Broken Social Scene, Milano Sun, No Kill, tricot, Courtney Marie Andrews & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Joan Shelley, MELLAH, Jake Houlsby, The Velveteins, Bonny Doon, Hoop, Nilüfer Yanya, Supermilk, Talay, Jason McNiff, Factory Seconds, Justin Townes Earle, Anni, Kinoo, Wilding, Art School Jocks, Siv Jakobsen, ShitKid and this excellent new track from Hazel English.
5. Look Blue Go Purple Still Bewitching Three Decades On
Firmly back into action, the legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun are enjoying a real renaissance this year with superb new releases from the likes of The Courtneys and Fazerdaze. As well as looking forward, the label is also glancing over their shoulder towards their back catalogue, and this week have confirmed the re-release of Still Bewitched, a compilation of three EP’s by 1980’s New Zealand band, Look Blue Go Purple.
Formed in 1983, Look Blue Go Purple perfected their songcraft beneath a record shop in Dunedin. Taking influence from the likes of The Raincoats and The Slits, Look Blue Go Purple may now be a long way removed from the Dunedin scene, but renewed interest in the band has seen them search the archives and compile a wonderful collection of their output. This week the band have dug out the video for Cactus Cat, lifted from their 1986 release, LBGPEP2. Cactus Cat serves as a fine reminder of what a great band Look Blue Go Purple were; gorgeous, complex harmonies, sweet jangling guitars and spluttering, primal drum beats – the middle ground of The Bangles and The Smiths. Look Blue Go Purple sound at once very much of their era, and yet none the less relevant now. A band well worth revisiting – just don’t call them a girl band, as they told many an interviewer, “gender has nothing to do with it”.
Still Bewitched is out May 5th via Flying Nun. Visit Flying Nun HERE for more information.
4. A Sinister New Single From Gallery 47
Originally formed some ten years ago as a six-piece in Loughborough, Gallery 47 has in recent years re-emerged as the solo project of Nottingham born songwriter, Jack Peachey. Now based out of South London, Gallery 47 is set to release his new EP, Bad Production, at the start of May, and has this week shared the first track from it, Lefty.
Probably Jack’s most political song to date, Lefty is inspired by an alcohol-fuelled conversation between him and his family, it questions narrow-minded view points and how it’s only by coming together we can push into a brighter future. Musically it’s probably Jack’s most ambitious release to date, there’s something of Ryley Walker in the fluttering acoustic guitar work, while the layered vocals, and swooping strings, bring to the mind the ambitious psych-folk of Midlake or Pentangle. This feels like a huge step forward for Gallery 47, a young artist pushing his craft, and growing into a unique and exciting new sound: it’s a thrilling transformation and one that bodes well for his upcoming EP.
Bad Production is out May 5th via Bad Production Records. Click HERE for more information on Gallery 47.
3. Why’d You Make Odina Cry?
Spanish songwriter Odina has this week shared her new single, Why’d You Make Me Cry, the follow-up to last year’s debut EP, Broken. Odina’s musical journey started in a bedroom in London after she left her native Barcelona, and her music still maintains the skeletons of that minimalist and self-produced beginning.
Why’d You Make Me Cry is a beautiful slice of stripped-back folk; it builds around a lone reverberating electric guitar, which is latterly joined by distant rumbling drum beats, and sporadic blasts of rich, booming brass. The true star though is Odina’s emotive vocal. There’s a touch of Joanna Newsom in the timbre of her voice, while there’s some of the emotional depth of Tica Douglas as she sings, “Why’d you make me cry if you loved so much? And why would we make love if we weren’t enough?”. Having just toured the UK, and with a high-profile slot at Primavera back in her native Spain to come, Odina seems to be an artist with a very bright future ahead of her.
Why’d You Make Me Cry is out now. Click HERE for more information and upcoming live dates from Odina.
2. No Skin Off Naomi Greene’s Nose
We seem to have accidentally stumbled into a theme of people who’ve relocated their lives this week. Continuing that theme is Naomi Greene, a Parisian born songwriter, who is now firmly implanted in the Los Angeles music scene. Naomi released her latest single, No Skin at the back-end of last year, and has recently shared the accompanying video.
No Skin is a hypnotic piece of orchestral-folk, it’s built around distant skittering drum beats, loose pulses of double-bass and the hypnotic qualities of Naomi’s repeated harp patterns, as her voice leaps, falls and screeches through arresting shifts in tone and tempo. Discussing the inspiration behind the track, Naomi has suggested it’s an exercise in self-reflection, “No Skin speaks of doubt, being unsure of yourself but nevertheless placing trust in the path. The only way to make good art is by being open”. With the promise of another single on the way soon, Naomi Greene is an artist well worth keeping an eye on.
No Skin is out now. Click HERE for more information on Naomi Greene.
1. Colour Me Anyone
Intriguingly named Uxbridge indie-popsters, Colour Me Wednesday are the vegan, feminist, queer, anti-capitalist band you’ve always wanted in your life, even if you didn’t know it. This week the band, who feature members of The Tuts and ¡Ay,Carmela!, have shared the video to the excellent Don’t Tell Anyone, lifted from their EP of last year, Anyone and Everyone.
Coinciding with their high-profile tour with LVL UP, the video to Don’t Tell Anyone combines an intriguingly shot performance video, with footage of a hamster, for reasons we must admit we don’t fully understand, and enjoy anyway. The accompanying track is a winning slice of sun-drenched indie-pop, all clattering drums, tremulous guitar thrashing and perfect, Peaness like harmonies – there’s even a slight nod to Morrissey in Jen Doveton’s clearly enunciated lead vocal. Credit to them also for being probably the only band to ever question the pronunciation of tofu in a pop song. With a second album on the way it’s already looking like 2017 might be a break out year for Colour Me Wednesday,
Anyone and Everyone is out now via Dovetown Records. Click HERE for more information on Colour Me Wednesday.
Header photo by Akbar Ali