Track Of The Day: Lusa Morena – ‘Six Sessions’

On a journey back to one’s grounded self, Lusa Morena capture the grit of mental navigation in their new debut single ‘Six Sessions‘. Led by fiery front person Bárbara, the five-piece London band reflect on experiences of depression and trauma while stewing in the solitude of social distancing. 

Energetic alternative rock serves as the template for lyrical honesty and emotive instrumentation as ‘Six Sessions’ shares its difficult reality. Sounds reminiscent of The Runaways immediately take a strike, coating the track in an impassioned, assertive force and thrilling energy. A rigorous guitar riff kicks off the track with urgency as pulsating cymbals add to the introduction’s gravity. “She doesn’t live here anymore…” Bárbara quickly confesses. As she continues, it becomes obvious that the zestful singer is speaking of her past self. In the face of the mirror, Bárbara is unsure who she sees, so she crawls herself to therapy to begin clearing up that fog. 

With a refreshingly raw honesty, ‘Six Sessions’ builds to an empowering roar as Bárbara works through the financial challenges that come with seeking therapy. Huge drum sounds, thick layers of overlapping guitar riffs and warm bass evoke cathartic frustration as the track reaches its frenzied peak. 

Mimicking chaos and turbulence, Lusa Morena capture the complicated pursuit of contemporary life and mental health management in this immense debut offering.

We can’t wait to catch Lusa Morena in all their raucous glory, playing live for us in support of faves ARXX band at The Shacklewell Arms on 22nd July – get your tickets here!

Jill Goyeau

Track Of The Day: BATTS (feat. Sharon Van Etten) – ‘Blue’

Soaked in nostalgia for a far away place, the new single from Melbourne artist Tanya Batt – aka BATTS – is a lusious treat for the ears. Having previously toured with Sharon Van Etten in 2019, the pair have a unique bond, so BATTS felt Van Etten to be the perfect musical partner when writing ‘Blue’ in her mother-in-law’s home. 

BATTS speaks of being drenched in grief while writing ‘Blue’, feeling her days heavily passing as she watched Antiques Roadshow on loop. In many ways, ‘Blue’ encapsulates both those feelings of reflection and sorrow with a stirring splendour: “I wish I could see the blue babe, but all I do is feel the blue”, BATTS sighs. It is with the weight of the world that she seems to muster up her strength to poignantly sing in a beautifully hushed disposition. 

The vulnerability of ‘Blue’ is tangible while its resonant lyrics hang in the air, gently floating along as the folk-inspired track progresses. Warm, honey-like guitar tones coat the track with a vintage sparkle while minimal percussion pulls BATTS’ melodies along with just enough speed. With delicate instrumentation and captivatingly satisfying harmonies between BATTS and Sharon Van Etten, it sounds as if it could have been produced decades ago with its retro folk-strewn musical authenticity.

The vintage feel of ‘Blue’ paired with a euphoric build in the final chorus feels like a refreshing brush of wind coasting across your cheeks. BATTS and Sharon Van Etten have created a warm, comforting space that feels like returning to your childhood home.

Watch the stirring new video for ‘Blue’ now:

Jill Goyeau

Photo Credit: Lisa Businovski

Kindred Fawn – ‘Silver Blanket’

Inspired by the anxieties of insomnia and gloomy maritime weather, Kindred Fawn’s debut track ‘Silver Blanket‘ breathes a melancholic escape while introducing a brand new project. Ella Patenall, the voice behind Kindred Fawn is a multi-instrumentalist known for grunge-folk duo (and GIHE faves!), Naz & Ella. In search for a more genre-eclectic and experimental writing process that could focus on aural textures and pastoral musings, this serves as a project that makes space for Ella to nuance just that.

Soft sounds of waves pulling at the wind set the stage for ‘Silver Blanket’ which feels like a intermittent moment of comfort amidst a night storm. Dark acoustic guitar plucks as it sets the stage for an eerie, yet familiar, feeling that looms over the disposition of the track. Hovering over the anxious mix, Ella’s ethereal voice floats, shimmering above her hesitation while beaming a non-dimmable light that knows its resilience.

Radio samples from the British Shipping Forecast give the folk tune a charismatic, emo-acoustic twist as it calls to the heavier elements of ‘Silver Blanket’. As Kindred Fawn’s layered musicality slowly builds dynamically, it is clear that both delicate folk artists – as well as the sounds of mellow rock legends such as PJ Harvey – are influential to Kindred Fawn.

Of the track, Ella explains:

“When I started university and was living in halls, I found it hard to sleep, there was so much noise – other students, the train line nearby and the squawking of seagulls as well as some internal anxiety. I had a radio in my room and discovered the shipping forecast (which plays late at night and early in the morning). I thought it was so bizarre but also soothing, conjuring up images of sailors on the rough seas whilst I was in my comfortable bed, and it really helped...” 

Under “chalky moonlight”, ‘Silver Blanket’ brings eager anticipation for what is next from Kindred Fawn.

Jill Goyeau

Track Of The Day: Beauty Sleep – ‘I Love It Here I Hate It’

In an infectious, fantastic overhaul of alt-pop, Belfast duo Cheylene and Ryan – aka Beauty Sleep – capture our undivided attention with their most recent single ‘I Love It Here I Hate It‘. Fresh off of their SXSW debut, the excitable nature of Beauty Sleep is infectious throughout the track in such an earnest way. 

The band’s shimmering pop disposition paired with irresistible melodic grooves make for a sonic setting that immediately pulls us in, and never lets go. Delving into a discussion of duality, Beauty Sleep drench their art-pop nature with a fresh palette of enchanting string instrumentation that makes ‘I Love It Here I Hate It’ its own universe. Draped alongside deep synth beds, twinkling guitar leads and danceable bass lines, Beauty Sleep facilitates an energising mix oozing a rich orchestral splendour.

Personal voice samples layered into the track furthers the vastness of Beauty Sleep’s vision, creating an intimate touch on a song that otherwise feels universal. The humanity of duality throughout ‘I Love It Here I Hate It’ seeps from every note. As the illustrious, soaring vocals explain “I used to be the one who wanted to get out… Now I’m grown I just wanna be home”, we feel the band’s vulnerability become cathartic. What first feels like a guilty confession, the phrase “I Love It Here I Hate It” gains validation, and then ultimately celebration by the track’s end. 

Beauty Sleep have meticulously captured a journey of reflection, realisation and acceptance in ‘I Love It Here I Hate It’. Of the track, they explain:

We are all so in-between, all our identities are uncertain. And I think that makes us so powerful and we should celebrate it, rather than letting it ruin our self-esteem. It’s about trying to claim our own identities and inspire others to do the same. There is power in that. There Is power in owning who you are, and connecting with others through your complicated identity.”

Jillian Goyeau