Five Things We Liked This Week – 12/01/17

Further Listening:

5. Women And Wild Children First

Wild Child are, “a seven piece mini-orchestra”, based out of the musical hotbed that is Austin, Texas. Formed back in 2010, the band have evolved from an infectious indie-pop band into a more mature and ambitious prospect. When it came time to record their fourth album, Expectations, they had many ideas of where to take their sound, and in the words of lead-singer and violinist, Kelsey Wilson, “we said, ‘why not just do all of them?’”

Ahead of Expectations release next month, this week the band has shared their sublime new single, Sinking Ship. A harmonious slice of introspective Americana, it builds largely around Kelsey’s haunting, mutli-layered vocals, and a minimal musical backing of strings and muted, rapid guitar picking. The band has suggested their record goes off in a huge variety of directions; if they’re all as intriguing as Sinking Ship, it’s going to be spectacular.

Expectations is out February 9th via Dualtone. Click HERE for more information on Wild Child.

4. Mélissa Laveaux Gets To The Bottom Of Her Roots

Mélissa Laveaux is a Canadian songwriter of Haitian-descent, and it’s her ancestral home that shaped much of her upcoming album Radyo Siwèl. It was last year, upon returning to Haiti for the first time since she was 12, that Mélissa was inspired to make a record exploring her cultural ancestry. The resultant record sounds at once like a contemporary indie-rock record, yet is unmistakably infused with the sounds of traditional Haitian folk, “vodou” anthems and the stories she discovered on her musical pilgrimage.

This week ahead of the album’s release in March, Mélissa has shared the first single from the record, a cover of Frantz Casséus’ original composition, No Fan Bwa. The track is a musical celebration and in the easy, fluttering beats and Mélissa’s sinuous, slinky guitar lines, the track sounds like a party that you’ll most definitely want to be a part of. Discussing Radyo Siwèl, Mélissa has suggested it is an album that explores the, “parts of my heritage my parents left out when they were raising me.” In exploring not just the joy but the sadness of her ancestors, Mélissa has made a record that she admits is very important to her, but also one that could strike a chord with many.

Radyo Siwèl is out March 23rd via Nø Førmat! Click HERE for more information on Mélissa Laveaux

3. Pizzagirl Are Playing Your New Favourite Song

Pizzagirl is the musical moniker of Liverpool lo-fi hero in the making, Liam Brown. Created using little more than a laptop and a flat pack home-studio at his bedroom in Aintree, Pizzagirls’ music is a fusion of introverted and extroverted, the sound of an empty dance floor where one man alone sways, utterly lost in the music that means the world to him.

This week Pizzagirl has shared his debut single, Favourite Song, inspired by attempting to make, “a tune that would fit nicely in a Miami Vice/Blade Runner soundtrack”. The nostalgia in the music is matched in the lyricism, as Liam explains, “it’s themed around being nostalgic, and seeing a certain person and time through a rose-tinted camera lens”. The track is a fusion of a very British take on 1980’s electronica and the sort of sad American-indie perfected by acts like Chuck and Elvis Depressedly. While Pizzagirl suggest listening to the track, “cruising down the city streets in a convertible at night”, it’ll probably sound just as good in your bedroom near Liverpool, where your mum takes your press photos.

Favourite Song is out now via Heist or Hit. Click HERE for more information on Pizzagirl.

2. Rosie Tucker Puts The Blues On A Spin Cycle

Los Angeles’ Rosie Tucker is an artist presented with little information. There’s an upcoming EP, from which Spinster Cycle, released earlier this week, was the second single. A bio on her Facebook page consists of a friend saying she knocks brilliant songs out in twenty minutes and is very nice, while the band interests apparently include spotting the homoerotic subtext.

Thankfully Rosie’s music does all the talking we could possibly hope for; Spinster Cycle pairs Rosie’s lilting vocals paired with fuzzy guitars, bright keyboards and a subtly bombastic drums. The result sounds like the middle ground between Joni Mitchell and Diet Cig that we never knew we’d always been looking for. The track tells a tale of breaking up in a launderette, like a much more glamorous and heartbreaking version of Eastenders. Whoever Rosie Tucker is and wherever she came from, more of this sort of thing please.

Click HERE for more information on Rosie Tucker.

1. Holly Miranda & Kyp Malone Are Mutually Exquisite

“I’ve always been a proponent of not making the same record twice,” so says Holly Miranda, making exactly the sort of statement we want musicians to be making. On her upcoming fourth album, Mutual Horse, Holly didn’t just explore new sounds but a whole new way of working, recruiting a stellar cast of collaborators from such indie-luminaries as My Brightest Diamond, Grandaddy and Modest Mouse. The resultant record is unsurprisingly explorative, and given a sense of whole by the omnipresent and stunning instrument that is Holly’s whispered, wailing vocal.

This week ahead of the album’s release next month, Holly has shared one such collaboration, Exquisite, recorded with TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone. The track, shared alongside a psychedelic hazy vocal made by Kyp, is a beautiful introduction to the record. The track is a slowly unfurling beauty, all warm, buzzing synths and distant wheezy saxophones, as Holly and Kyp’s perfectly contrasting vocals drift effortlessly atop the mix. It’s a hugely inviting introduction to what could be one of the most intriguing releases of the year.

Mutual Horse is out February 23rd via Dangerbird. Click HERE for more information on Holly Miranda.

Header photo by Misha Vladimirskiy – http://mishavladimirskiy.com/

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