LISTEN: Evil House Party – ‘Wicked’

An intoxicating blend of hazy vocals and sultry synth sequences, Evil House Party have shared their debut single ‘Wicked’. Released via Third Coming, the track smoulders with the intensity of a hot summer night fuelled by Bonnie & Clyde-esque musings.

Formed of Emma Acs & Jacob Formann (Communions, Mini Esco), the duo started writing together after playing a string of shows with First Hate in the summer of 2019. Their sound has been described as both eurodance and rock and roll, and single ‘Wicked’ falls somewhere between the two. It’s “a modern murderous ballad, fleshed out in a bittersweet revenge pop anthem” that seduces listeners with its yearning vocals and heady beats.

Listen to ‘Wicked’ and find out more about Evil House Party via Third Comings here.

 

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: KIN – ‘L.O.V.E’

After a compelling and emotional debut single, ‘Sharing Light’, London trio KIN follow up with a spunky second track titled ‘L.O.V.E.’ Inspired by the great British festival, KIN celebrate the euphoric feeling of being in a loving and freeing environment with good people and open spaces.

In conjunction with their previous work, ‘L.O.V.E.’ seems to set the mood of a boosting “bounce back” that follows a trying time or hardship. This song’s energy almost reflects the first night out after a break-up (or worldwide pandemic), where seeing your favourite people is equally as therapeutic as it is surreal. 

With a simple dance-infused beat and laid back sophisticated vocals, KIN’s jangly guitar parts seem to spin across the track with a unique funk-fuelled energy that is catchy and encouraging. Sun-strewn indie-pop riffs and quirky rhythms pull listeners in for musical fling, for a glistening cathartic couple of minutes. 

It is hard not to bop along to ‘L.O.V.E’ as it truly inhabits its lightweight and restorative “walking on a cloud” essence, both sonically and lyrically. Its twinkling uplifting energy an invite for some well deserved solace that we all should accept. 

Watch the homemade, festival-inspired, video for ‘L.O.V.E’ here:

‘L.O.V.E’ is out now. Listen on Spotify or buy on Bandcamp.

Jill Goyeau
@jillybxxn

EP: Despicable Zee – ‘Atigheh Reimagined’

A captivating, left-field electronic exploration of dual heritage, motherhood and self-autonomy, Oxford-based drummer and producer Despicable Zee (aka Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani) released her third EP Atigheh in 2019. Now, with the help of an eclectic mix of collaborators, Zee has shared a remix of the recording titled Atigheh Reimagined.

Released today (7th Aug) and available to buy on limited edition cassette on bandcamp, the remixes on Atigheh Reimagined are equally as compelling as the original tracks. Keeping the hypnotic qualities of the original, Tiivah’s treatment of opener ‘We Won’t Stop’ fuses smooth, breathy vocals together with dense yet ambient beats. Tiece’s layered vocals on ‘Counting Cars’ are beautifully atmospheric, while Jack Goldstein’s treatment of ‘Sidhe’ is an experimental cacophony of manic beats and synth textures.

The EP fluctuates from chaos to calm, as GIHE favourite Planningtorock gives the poignant ‘Clay Grouk’ an energetic, dance-worthy beat whilst still allowing space for the “silence” towards the close of the track. Dense beats and warped voice samples permeate Young Knives’ remix of the eponymous ‘Atigheh’, ending the record with a cathartic burst of intense noise.

Atigheh has helped me delve into my identity as a second generation immigrant” explains Zee. What started as a personal journey on her third EP has now evolved into a fascinating collection of varied identities on her Reimagined release.

Follow Despicable Zee on bandcamp & Spotify for more updates.
Zee also runs the Young Women’s Project (YWMP) which you can check out here.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Laura Guarch – ‘Fleeting Light’

Having established herself as a professional vocalist, with collaborations with ACM Gospel Choir and London Contemporary Voices under her belt, Spanish London-based artist Laura Guarch has now shared her debut single. 

Soaring with Guarch’s stunning crystalline vocals and an anthemic emotion-strewn musicality, ‘Fleeting Light’ builds to an ethereal, glistening soundscape. A cinematic, alt-pop ballad with shades of the other-worldly majesty of the likes of Bjork or Kate Bush. Of the track, Guarch explains:

The idea for Fleeting Light was born on a night looking at the starry sky from a semi-deserted island in Thailand, called Mu Koh Ang Thong. How are the old stars looking at us, humans, and the changes the Earth is experiencing? Fleeting Light imagines million year-old stars looking down on the Earth and watching the history of life on our planet as their Sunday afternoon entertainment.

Listen to ‘Fleeting Light’ here:

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles