Track Of The Day: Zilched – ‘Sixteen’

A swirling, grungy reflection on the contradictions that come with growing up, Detroit-based songwriter Zilched has shared her latest single ‘Sixteen’. Lifted from her recent debut album DOOMPOP, released via Young Heavy Souls, the track smoulders with fuzzy guitar sounds, frantic drums and Zilched’s strung out vocals.

“It’s more or less about questioning both what marks a loss of innocence, and the obsessive purgatory of waiting for your life to start,” Zilched (aka Chloë Drallos) explains about ‘Sixteen’. She explores the sting of being caught between adolescence and adulthood through moody reverb-heavy guitars and her deadpan Kim Gordon-esque vocal delivery.

Inspired by 90s grunge icons like Nirvana and The Jesus and Mary Chain, Zilched has channelled her influences into a collection of compelling noise-pop tracks on debut record DOOMPOP. “It’s an honest reflection of my attempts to grow up and make sense of absurdity,” she explains about the album. “I wrote the first song in my last month of high school at 18, and finished recording/producing just a month after my 20th birthday. With these songs I wanted to go as deep into my insecurities and confusion, however immature I felt. Just write what I felt when I felt it in order to move on.”

Watch the self-directed video for ‘Sixteen’ below and follow Zilched on bandcamp, Facebook & Instagram for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Two Tribes – ‘Cruel Sensuality’

Full of commanding beats, jagged synths and soaring vocals, Two Tribes‘ latest single ‘Cruel Sensuality’ is a cathartic oscillation between emotional resilience and the unexpected apathy that comes with the ending of a relationship. Taken from their upcoming EP, which is set for release in 2021, the London-based trio blend vivid electronic textures with jolting rhythms to create an anthemic new sound.

“The lyrics focus on detaching yourself emotionally from another person, making the transition from sensuous to desensitised, trying to figure out what part of yourself needs to be severed in order to leave a bad situation behind,” the band explain about the track. This emotional catharsis is led by Annalisa Iembo’s striking vocals, and accompanied by a backdrop of intoxicating electronica.

“Identity is a common theme in our music, and writing ‘Cruel Sensuality’ was an opportunity to explore the self-reflection and reinvention that occurs when dismantling a relationship”, the band continue. Formed of Patrick Smith (vocals/guitars), Annalisa Iembo (vocals/synths/samples) and Kim Engelhardt (bass), Two Tribes take inspiration from an eclectic range of influences such as Primal Scream, Jagwar Ma, Grimes and Pretty Hate Machine-era Nine Inch Nails, from which they’re carefully carving their own musical identity.

Listen to ‘Cruel Sensuality’ below.

 

Follow Two Tribes on Spotify, Instagram, Twitter & Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Coral – ‘i just want you cause you’re gone’

A buoyant slice of indie-pop that gently acknowledges the mixed feelings that blur your thought processes post-relationship, Swedish newcomer Coral has shared her new single ‘i just want you cause you’re gone’. Taken from her upcoming debut album which she recently recorded with Joakim Lindberg at Studio Sickan, the track showcases Coral’s talent for writing catchy yet confessional music.

At the age of 16, Coral (aka Miranda Coral Engholm) moved from Österlen to Malmö and began studying music. After she graduated from high school, she experienced a flood of creativity and began writing songs and with the support of her friends, she began performing live on the Swedish underground scene, with one of her first lives shows playing as support to American songwriter Lucy Dacus.

Now, Coral is preparing to release her debut record, and ‘i just want you cause you’re gone’ is the first taste of what to expect from the album. Clinging to fragile hopes like “You like brown eyes I like blue / You’re quite weird but I’m weird too,” Coral explores her mixed emotions through her endearing lyrics, but ultimately she’s aware her feelings are going to waste. Listen to ‘i just want you cause you’re gone’ below and follow Coral on Instagram & Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Ebba G. Ågren

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

VIDEO PREMIERE: Dear Pariah – ‘Not Ready’

Tinged with melancholy, but ultimately a hopeful tune about emerging from the shadow of a truly testing time, Dear Pariah has shared a beautiful animation to accompany her single ‘Not Ready’. Created by her good friends Ksenia & Alex at WMAF Productions, the visuals personify the mental health struggles Dear Pariah (aka Charlie Hinchcliff) faced during the unsettling days before she was diagnosed with a long term health condition called Sarcoidosis.

“I found myself writing ‘Not Ready’ when I was waiting to find out whether I had Lymphoma or a rare disease called Sarcoidosis,” Hinchcliff explains. “After the biopsy, I had this eerie space of 2 weeks waiting for the results that would change my life, either way. I was filled with fear of what could be whilst also reflecting on the past few years wondering how I’d ended up here. I was only 27, how was this possible?”

She embraced these fearful moments and wrote some of her most honest lyrics to date on her recent EP, Live at Thais. ‘Not Ready’ is a journey through her changing emotional state, gently acknowledging the guilt, regrets and intense distress that comes with facing death at such a young age. This fear is symbolised by the blue bear in the track’s accompanying video.

“When Ksenia came to me with the bear storyline, I knew she got it,” Hinchcliff continues. “It was an amazing moment of feeling seen and understood deeply. Seeing her and Alex turn my most vulnerable song into something so beautiful has been incredibly moving and healing for me. There’s a whole lot of life out there and I’m so grateful to be around to finally enjoy it.”

Watch the video for ‘Not Ready’ below and follow Dear Pariah on bandcamp, Spotify & Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut