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31 May 2017

Top Tracks: May

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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:

 

Ainsley Farrell: ‘Dark Hours’

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With her highly anticipated EP due for release this month, the title track has been released and what a cinematic wonder it is. With more than poetic whimsy up her sleeve, Farrell is as refreshing as a lungful of oxygen.

Blondebears:Dissolve

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There are certain songs you wish you had in your possession during the best trip of your life and this is one of them. There’s a subtlety and finesse here that is absolutely exquisite. The only criticism I have is that there is not more of a discography to quench my thirst.

Rick Leigh: ‘Everything

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Lancashire’s Rick Leigh incorporates elements of jazz, math and more into an already evocative blend of wistful neo-classicism. This is a complex and bewitching score from the budding artist.

Close Talker: ‘Waking Up’

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I’m not going to lie, I am sad the Saskatchewan trio are not visiting Scotland on this tour, but I will just need to invest in their heady new release. ‘Waking Up’, is full of fire even during its restrained moments, this is a well-rounded indie-jugular anthem. 

Alt-J: ‘In Cold Blood’ 

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This is a fine piece of work that steps delicately from one sonic scene to the next. A light continues to shine on a trio who are at the top of their game. With such a varied and impressive palette, their reinvention continues to floor me.

Moonweather: ‘Goodbye

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The Cincinnati outfit’s last release from album, Sit Down Be SmallThis is an enthralling, striking, deeply emotive song that perfectly marries understated occult vocals to sublime melodies.

Duncan Lloyd: ‘Heart In Delay’

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This sparkles with indie rock craftsmanship, an endearing song packed with heart and delivered with as much passion as you could ever find.

Sam Frankl: ‘Gold Rush’

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The Brixton poet, singer-songwriter has a voice like velvet. ‘Gold Rush‘ is full of poignant reflections on hope, fear and is a self-proclaimed protest. Rhythmically, it is as addictive as they come and has revealed itself as one of the more innovative releases of the year so far.

Dagny: ‘Wearing Nothing’

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A euphoric pop wanderlust, this has one of the most infectious hooks of any pop single released thus far in 2017. Prepare to pull your friends onto the dance floor, pogo in your living room or just walk down the street with defiance, for this is going to be your soundtrack.

Ed Prosek: ‘Flesh & Blood’ 

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The Californian singer-songwriter completely surpasses the likes of James Bay and the like. This is the real deal. What a voice Ed Prosek has – rich, naive, bold and fragile, he has a command that is notable. He carries this song with such strength it becomes, at time, overwhelming.

Micah P. Hinson: ‘Lover’s Lane’

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Taken from the stalwart artist’s new album, Presents The Holy Strangers, ‘Lover’s Lane‘ has Hinson’s signature profound vocal drawl wrapped in light-hearted, classic country melodies. A nostalgic composition from a singer-songwriter who continues to leave his distinct mark on music.

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