This is your weekly delivery of new tunes from around the world. From up-and-coming indie talent to well-known major acts, you’ll be kept up to date on quality tracks that you should be listening to to start your weekend off right.
Easy Life – skeletons
British band, Easy Life, drop a groovy tune called “skeletons” produced by Rob Milton. This one comes ahead of the forthcoming album, life’s a beach.
“‘skeletons” plays with the idea of a slightly mysterious and potentially terrifying past,” says the band’s front-man Murray Matravers. “Everyone has baggage and everyone has skeletons. Falling head over heels with somebody who may be bad news, we’ve all been there.”
Fickle Friends – Cosmic Coming of Age
I wrote about Fickle Friends’ “Not in the Mood” last week and now they’re back with “Cosmic Coming of Age.” They keep getting better as they speed towards the Weird Years: Season 2 album release.
“‘Cosmic Coming of Age” is about that transitional period in life where everything seems to fall apart, a kind of quarter-life crisis,” says lead singer Natti Shiner. “One moment you have everything together, the next it feels like you have to start life from scratch. In horoscope astrology this is seen as the time of reaching full adulthood, and man does the universe make you work for it! This song is full of lyrical visuals and is best heard on your car stereo, driving into a sunset.”
IDER – Cross Yourself
British band, IDER, shares a new song titled “Cross Yourself.” This song is an experience. The chill vocals over the big drum programming work so well.
Via IDER, “‘Cross Yourself’ is a reflection on how we search for purpose — how we often attach meaning to things or like the idea of something external to believe in, in exchange for believing in ourselves.”
Orla Gartland – Zombie!
Irish singer-songwriter Orla Gartland releases the third single to her forthcoming album. The project is still untitled, as of now. This song has a spirit and energy reminiscent of classic teen films. I caught myself bobbing my head heavily to this track.
“‘Zombie!’ is about repressing emotions until one day they burst out of you all at once,” Orla states. “Specifically it’s about a very common, very male kind of repression I witnessed in a boy I loved once – I could see that he felt things but there was a barrier stopping him from expressing them. I hated that for him, it made me so angry at the societal pressures that led him to that place. For me living ‘like a zombie’ became a metaphor for this way of living; someone so seemingly unemotional on the surface they barely seem alive. I scream my head off in the outro of the song and that scream is meant to feel like a huge release, like the moment you let it all out.”
Royal Blood – Boilermaker
I found a lot of talent from the UK this week. Royal Blood dropped “Boilermaker.” The song comes with a nice music video directed by Liam Lynch.
“Boilermaker” was first debuted as part of the band’s live set in summer 2019. It was among the tracks performed by the duo during their sets at 2019’s Reading & Leeds Festivals.
Baby Queen – Dover Beach
Here’s a nice dose of Pop vibes with a good balance of programming and natural sounds. Baby Queen’s “Dover Beach” is light, fun, but still packs a punch. The song is actually inspired by her trip to Dover Beach.
“In school, I was obsessed with this poem called ‘Dover Beach’ by Matthew Arnold and I always wanted to visit the Dover cliffs, so I went there alone on a writing trip in October last year,” Baby Queen, real name Bella Latham, stated. “I actually wrote the melody and lyrics of this song while I was sitting on the beach. It’s about being infatuated with somebody and seeing them everywhere you look. I was kind of pissed that I went to look at the beach, all I could think about was this person, hence the lyric ‘you stole the view of Dover Beach‘.“
Ralph – Tommy
Canadain singer/songwriter, Ralph, drops a nice tune on “Tommy.” It’s very well written with just the write music to support the story. shoutout to Derek Hoffman on production.
inc mo & Sam Mandell – Going Crazy
Bounce Gvng’s Sam Mandell links with frequent collaborator, inc mo, to release “Going Crazy.” It’s a grimy, distorted ride and worth a listen. With great tracks under their belts like “Curse” and “The Way You Move” (which were also distributed through Gvngaroo Records), I look forward to adding this song to my rotation and hearing more from them in the future.