Track Of The Day: Maria Kelly – ‘july’

Having played at festivals such as The Great Escape and Electric Picnic, as well as sharing stages with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Lisa Hannigan, Irish artist Maria Kelly released her latest EP notes to self at the end of last year.

Taken from the EP, new single ‘july’ looks inward, exploring the idea that we are ultimately in control of how we feel, and must take responsibility for what we choose to dwell on. Another truly beautiful offering from Kelly, it flows with her silky smooth, emotion strewn vocals and a delicate, spine-tingling musicality. Oozing a heartbreaking sense of vulnerability, it sparkles with a mystical grandeur, creating a simply mesmerising slice of alt-folk. 

Directed by Gareth Walsh, watch the new video for ‘july’ here:

notes to self is out now via Veta Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track of the Day: novelties – ‘Pillow Talk’

‘Pillow Talk’ comes from emerging LA-based pop duo, novelties – aka Sisters Kelly Kawaii and Sophie Kowai – who are both entirely self-taught. Kelly produces the tracks, merging her innovative pop production with Sophie’s poetic lyrics.

We’re totally into the warped gentle vocals of Pillow Talk which glide over the top of the buzzing samples. Dreamy AF. Looking forward to hearing more from these two.

You can find out more about ‘Pillow Talk’ on Instagram and Twitter.

Tash Walker
@maudeandtrevor

Track Of The Day: Winter Gardens – ‘Coral Bells’

Brighton “dream punks” Winter Gardens have shared their latest single ‘Coral Bells’, released via Austerity Records earlier this month. The band take influence from 80’s post-punk, Factory, Postcard, 4AD, Creation era groups; and their new track is an anthemic blur of each of these elements.

Over the past six months, Winter Gardens have supported the likes of Say Sue Me, Magic Wands, Charles Howl and they opened 2019’s Rockaway Beach too, headlined by Gary Numan and Echo & The Bunnymen. The band will be releasing ‘Coral Bells’ on limited 7″ vinyl, which you can pre-order here.

To celebrate the release, Winter Gardens will by performing at Austerity Records’ label launch party on 22nd February at The Blackmarket VIP Venue in Hastings. Penelope Isles will headline the show, and there will be a DJ set from IDLES too (RSVP here). Watch the video for ‘Coral Bells’ below and follow Winter Gardens and Austerity Records on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: The Coathangers – ‘Bimbo’

Atlanta trio The Coathangers have shared their new single ‘Bimbo’ taken from their upcoming album The Devil You Know, due for release on March 9th via Suicide Squeeze Records. The track is a cathartic burst of melodic guitars and riot grrrl vocals that acknowledges the need to let go and move on.

Switching between gentle verses and a thumping chorus, ‘Bimbo’ is an ideal blend of The Coathanger’s garage-rock and punk sensibilities. Guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel explains the track’s premise further: “‘Bimbo’ is a bittersweet note on love, self preservation, and letting go. It came together naturally and was one of the easiest songs to be written for the new record. It tells two sides of the story but still feels uplifting and positive. An acceptance of things the way they are.”

The single is accompanied by a cool new video, shot during The band’s last European tour by Mackenzie Sutch. The footage was shot mostly in Spain and Portugal and was edited by the trio’s good friend Nacho Montero.

Listen to ‘Bimbo’ below and follow The Coathanger’s on Facebook for more updates

The Devil You Know will be released on March 9th via Suicide Squeeze and is available to pre-order here.

Photo Credit: Matt Odom

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Tallies – ‘Easy Enough’

Consisting of Sarah Cogan, Dylan Frankland, Cian O’Neill, and Stephen Pitman, Toronto-based Tallies have just released their eponymous debut album.

Taken from the album, the band’s latest single ‘Easy Enough’ oozes a captivating, dreamy haze as the raw vocals of Cogan soar alongside a whirring scuzz. With its shoegazey, spiralling hooks and luscious emotion-driven energy, it’s impossible not to get sucked into its hypnotic allure and fall instantly in love with the unique, swirling charm of this Tallies.

Produced by Christopher Mills, watch the new video for ‘Easy Enough’ here:

Tallies’ eponymous debut album is out now via Fear Of Missing Out Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Kill J – ‘Dead Weight Soldier’

Copenhagen’s Kill J is back with a new track and accompanying set of visuals titled ‘Dead Weight Soldier’ – and revenge is at the forefront of her mind. Following her fiercely political release ‘Strange Fruits of The Sea’, this is the second track from her forthcoming album Superposition, which is set to be a poignant and unapologetic listen.

Kill J combines her usual bitter sweet vocals and distracting electronic beats to give ‘Dead Weight Soldier’ a startling sonic power. The music video, directed by J6 Films is equally as intriguing; shot in monochrome and set in a bleak industrial environment.

Speaking about the track, Kill J explains: “It’s based on a revenge fantasy. A retaliation against an incompetent man that I have encountered quite a few times in different forms throughout my life: full of hot air, an egomaniac driven by sex and power. A person that has no real talent but is very good at taking credit for other people’s achievements.”

Kill J’s ruthless musical efforts have kept us hooked over the last few months, and we’re eager to hear more from this unusual artist. Listen to ‘Dead Weight Soldier’ below and follow Kill J on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Track Not Found – ‘Run Me Down’

Following their EP The Only Way Is Lost and last year’s ‘Science (Gone Wrong)’, Guernsey’s Track Not Found have now signed to Funnel Music and shared a brand new single.

Oozing a raw, punk-infused energy ‘Run Me Down’ is propelled by scuzzy throbbing bass and gritty vocals as it races with an immense, soaring power. Filled with catchy hooks and an impassioned, gutsy emotion, it’s an instant ear-worm, marking this young band out as definite ones to watch in 2019.

Watch the new video for ‘Run Me Down’ here:

And keep your ears peeled for more from Track Not Found this year!

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Martha Fitzpatrick Photography