Track Of The Day: Husk – ‘Crush’

Having been named as one of Gaydio’s ‘One To Watch’ and with support from the likes of BBC 6Music, Manchester based queer artist HUSK has been one of our faves here at GIHE for a while now, and so we couldn’t be happier to share their uplifting new single.

A catchy, danceable ‘tranthem’ of self-love, ‘Crush‘ is a call to go against society’s expectations and love yourself. Propelled by vibrant beats and a colourful, ’80s-reminiscent groove, it’s a glistening offering oozing all the uplifting vibes and shimmering energy needed to dance together in unity.

Of the track, HUSK explains:

“As a trans person, and I think literally every other person in society, especially marginalised groups, we’re taught to hate our bodies, and I was like, f*ck that! ‘Crush’ is 3 minutes where I have full permission to confess my love for my trans body, and I want others to love themselves too!

Yet again, HUSK has managed uplift our spirits and energise our souls with another euphoric pop hit.

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Mari Lane
@marimindles



Track Of The Day: Angela Sclafani – ‘How We Meet’

Angela Sclafani is a New York City-based songwriter, performer and musical theatre-maker. Having twice won the Great American Song Contest’s Adult Contemporary category, she has independently released three original EPs, plus Edge Of Seventeen – an EP of wonderfully reimagined Stevie Nicks hits. Now, the first taster of her upcoming debut full-length album, latest single ‘How We Meet’ offers a sonic journey through the playful world of her inner child and past personas.

The song starts off with a country pop twang and delicate backing drum beats, as Angela’s honey-sweet voice takes us back to more innocent times – “Talkin to myself in a voice so sweet… Could I fit inside the shape you made your life?” – as she poignantly explores the older ways of communicating with other people (talking, writing letters, telephone) with a shimmering musicality. A well-crafted and uplifting song from a truly versatile artist, ‘How We Meet’ oozes a twinkling Americana-tinged grace alongside infectious melodies; reminding us with Sclafani’s lilting tones to seize the moment (answering that message in a bottle!) and make the move to form meaningful connections.

The song is the first of four singles leading up to the album’s release in February 2023, providing a representative sampling of its concept; taking classic Americana sounds as interpreted in an innovative way by a New York City theatre kid.

‘How We Meet’ is out now via Pitch and Prose – download on Bandcamp now. Songs Of Other Selves, the upcoming debut album from Angela Sclafani, is set for release next February.

Fi Ni Aicead
@gotnomoniker

Photo Credit: Jules Miranda

Track Of The Day: Miss Grit – ‘Like You’

A hypnotic blend of clear vocals, electric guitar riffs and mesmeric beats, New York-based, Korean-American musician Margaret Sohn aka Miss Grit has shared their latest single, ‘Like You’. Released to coincide with the news that Sohn has signed to Mute Records, the track is a captivating soundscape that explores the conflicting nature of our inner voices, weighing up which ones to trust and which ones to ignore.

“I had the character of Ex Machina in mind as the voice I was singing from,” Sohn explains about the inspiration behind their new track, which they produced and recorded themselves. “Her arc in the movie felt really beautiful to me, and I wanted to reach the same ending as her in this song.” Through their soft vocals and clear intonation, Sohn brings this android imitation to life, accompanied by the distinct basslines of Zoltan Sindhu.

As a mixed-race, non-binary artist, Sohn has always used their art in order to explore, connect with, and understand their own identity further. Their self-released 2021 EP, Impostoraddressed their “life-long journey through racial impostor syndrome,” whilst their debut EP Talk Talk, tackled the complexities of relationships. On new release ‘Like You’, Sohn once again views life from a different angle, providing listeners with a magnetic musing on what it’s like to dismantle these parts of yourself.

Signing to Mute records has boosted Sohn’s confidence in this journey even more. “Mute is one of the labels I put on a pedestal in my mind,” Sohn comments, “so the fact I was even on their radar was really flattering. And then to think they believed in my music enough to want to work together made me so happy.”

Miss Grit will be playing shows across Europe in October and they will be playing in London on 1st November. Full details below.

Follow Miss Grit on bandcamp, Spotify, Instagram & Facebook

Miss Grit EU Live Dates 2022
26 Oct – Paris (FR), Supersonic Records
27 Oct – Antwerp (BE), Trix Club
29 Oct – Amsterdam (NL) London Calling at Paradiso
1 Nov – London (UK), Amazing Grace

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Roller Derby – ‘Only You’

Having first fallen in love with Hamburg-based indie trio Roller Derby when they supported Lunar Vacation live at Moth Club earlier this year, I was super happy to hear they had a new single out last month. The first single to be released by their new label Practise Music (also home to faves like deep tan and Fraulein), ‘Only You’ offers all the dreamily retro vibes you could ever desire.

Oozing an immersive blissful allure, ‘Only You‘ flows with twinkling, lilting hooks and the honey-sweet vocals of Philine Meyer as it builds with a shimmering, uplifting grace to an exquisite, emotion-strewn anthem. With subtle, Twin Peaks-esque eerie undertones, it’s propelled by a vibrant ’60s surf-pop energy and glistening heartfelt splendour, creating a truly euphoric soundscape.

Watch the spellbindingly surreal new video for ‘Only You’ now:

‘Only You’ is out now via Practise Music.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Denis Pavlovic