We have put together a list of songs that have stood out this month for a plethora of reasons. Please take the time to invest and immerse yourself in them:
Extremely Bad Man: ‘Up with the Birdies’
This goes firmly into the top tier of well-produced songs of the year. Julio Tavarez’s vocal is the perfect addition creating something aurally hypnotising. Its trip-hop and bass & drum textures provide tremendous backbone and an unshakable platform for Tavarez’s vocal to do somersaults around its pristine assembly.
Samia sings about her pain and sadness in a way that makes those identifying with it feel they have a friend. Her delivery is dotted with such incredible nuance that Tess Lafia’s video augments the emotion. The catharsis this bleeds is hard to ignore and whilst she sings about the potential of things maybe not being that bad, she also manages to express that it’s ok not to be ok in her own startling way.
joan: ‘Stop and Stare’
The Arkansas duo return with another faultless romantic electro hit. They draw on their influences intellectually and this is more than pale imitation, it is a superb derivative. It’s full-bodied groove and shimmering melodic licks continue to make them shine as a band bringing the best of the 80s to a relevant audience.
SPQR: ‘Blood Pump’
The Liverpudlian alternative trio has managed to push most of the other generic rock bullshit to the side and roar with originality. Their tight musicianship, defiant hooks and impressive dynamics make this feel savage and serene in equal measure.
Vilde: ‘Rabbit Hole’
An artist that consistently thinks outside the source music box, Vilde continues to showcase his striking individuality with such vision that shades of darkness, vulnerability, defiance and ingenuity pour sonically from everything that he releases. This comes as no exception and is underpinned with an unsettling, yet beautiful prowess about it.
Interpol: ‘The Rover’
This is a welcome return from one of the finest alternative bands in the world. Paul Bank’s unmistakable vocal pushes the jagged waves and huge melodic top line here. Their post-punk influence has never left and adds to the subtle ferocity in their delivery. It’s as if they never went away.
Sleepwalkers: ‘Wake Up’
The Virginia outfit burst onto the scene with razor-sharp melodies, bombastic percussive grooves and charming vocals. This is a group boldly embossing their identity in a way that’s fun, addictive and upfront. This is quite the introduction.
Campdogzz: ‘Run Wild’
The Chicago quintet are one of the handful of bands that have stood out this year. As soon as we see their name our hearts flutter and they display a musicianship that is startling. Their latest offering is astounding in terms of its production and delivery. The impact of Jess Price’s vocal alone shows her as being one of the finest singers to emerge in recent years. Overall, this is some of the finest songwriting you are likely to hear.
Saintseneca: ‘Ladder To The Sun’
The Columbus singer-songwriter has created a dreamy triumph packed with pop sensibilities whilst maintaining a real intimacy in its delivery. There is something incredibly endearing about Zac Little’s musicianship and this is a song to hold your friends to.
Rubblebucket: ‘What Life is’
There is a clear exploration of identity and influence here resulting in exciting and vibrant pop music. The dexterity in the songwriting is notable and this serves almost like a score. It is texturally fascinating and shows a band with ambition and unending skill.