We’re already just over / just under the half-way mark in Super Subs Week, depending on whether you count the weekend as a subset of or adjunct to the week. Either way the prime music submissions just keep on coming.
Split Feed are a trio from Newcastle, Australia. Their new single, Vanilla, rocks in the uncomplicated full-barrel way of the best three-pieces and you can can grab it for whatever price you deem fit and appropriate from the band’s Bandcamp page. While you’re there, why not also grab the Googolplex EP?
With the absolutely entrancing America already out, Harriet Little offers more evidence that her debut EP, due out in 2016, will be a sound touching in its majestic use of control and gentle emotive shifts.
There’s something familiar in the opening bars of My Love: familiar places, eras, and sounds. And then a much bigger bass than you were probably expect rolls in underneath suddenly there’s something new AND something old, and you’re thinking that if it works for Richard Hawley or Allah-Las, this kind of through-the-ages jangle can work for The Chancers, too.
It’s so easy, too easy maybe, to listen to a new single today and say how ’80s it sounds. Which is why, every now and then, it’s nice to be able to say it, and not be referencing neon, new wave and new romantics. Recovering harks back to another side of that time, the one with a hint of reverb, perhaps a little storytelling, and a melody that started life as a bedsit composition and ended on an indie-pop compilation.
Recovering is out on 27th November, via Matrix Promo Music.
I sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that I’ll probably only get contacted by bands with a handful of followers or streams behind them. And then I see something like this: Pieces, the debut single by Sydney/London duo PLGRMS, has over 29K plays on Soundcloud. It is a large number and a very small one at the same time. The only difference is whether you’re looking at it from the perspective of an artist starting out, or one who’s already part of the scene.
As for the track, well, Pieces is mournful and uplifting, glitchy and smooth as you like. With every beat, it finds ways to sever a distance between disparate halves, before pulling together for a closing triumph.
Sure, there’s a lot of ambient, orchestral, chilled post-rock, post-wave around these days, but I don’t recall that being a problem for genres and movements already more casually accepted into the cultural mainstream. Besides, Audionauta are the first Argentinian band I’ve come across who are creating this sort of sound, and the melodies and atmosphere are as rich as any I’ve heard.