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9 October 2017

Top Tracks: September (Part One)

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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:

 

French For Rabbits: ‘It Will Be Okay’

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The New Zealand quintet return with the astral ‘It Will Be Okay‘, a song for gazing longingly at moonstruck waters, something to soundtrack those quiet late nights and one to create an invocation of the sentimental.

The National: ‘The Day I Die’ 

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Having released their 7th studio album this month, The National reaffirm their place as one of my generation’s most vital bands. With its marked sense of individuality and willingness to embrace the contradiction at the nucleus of their musical personality, this is another triumph.

Lyves: ‘Holding Back’

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It’s understandable why Francesca Bergami aka Lyves has gained critical acclaim. Her blend of RnB, soul, and electronica melded by her exquisite vocal is stunning. There’s a real deep fullness to her vocal and it manages to take this song to a level that places her as one of the most exciting new artists in her stylistic field. 

Katie Herzig: ‘Strangers’ 

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Tinged with melancholy, Herzig has managed to inject a wonderfully understated realism into her latest release, ‘Strangers‘. It’s an honest mapping of her internal feelings and one for those times of reflection, this will resonate with listeners.

Cautious Clay: ‘Cold War’ 

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Hailing from Cleveland, OH, Josh Karpeh AKA Cautious Clay is one of the most refreshing new kids on the block of late. Latest release, ‘Cold War’, is a fresh-minted classic with immense maturity. It has thematic roots to it that makes it feel both innovative and simply put, flawless. 

M.A.G.S.: ‘Mexico’

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The second release we have featured courtesy of M.A.G.S. (aka Elliott Douglas). With its pop sucker-punches and old-school garage rock underbelly, this is the perfect soundtrack for late night parties and road trips. You will be left singing at the top of your lungs. 

Charlotte Gainsbourg: ‘Rest

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With her first studio album announced since 2010 due out in November, Gainsbourg has released the title track, ‘Rest‘.  Co-written by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, there’s a vulnerable freshness that has always been present in Gainsbourg’s work and the continuation here is a welcome return. This hits the sweet spot between innocence and confidence. 

Richard Walters: ‘Nothing But Adore You’

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I am a long time admirer of Walters work, he has moved me to tears and elated me in equal measure. His latest release unfolds like an ambitious story and provides an evocative blend of emotive neo-classicism and dreamlike electronica. I don’t think he will ever disappoint.

Tomás Novoa: ‘Seis Continentes’ 

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Taken from his latest EP, Raices, this is my first introduction to the German producer.  This is an experience rather than a song and one that paces itself with such grace. It flows so naturally that it feels effortless resulting in a blend of passion and precision.

Prawn: ‘Rooftops’ 

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Topshelf Records NJ emo band Prawn make a welcome return with a liberated anthem, ‘Rooftops‘. Carefully crafted dynamics, tempo shifts and hook after hook, this is more about emotion than pop-punk clichés. 

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