Track Of The Day: Foundlings – ‘Caught Up On You’

Following acclaim for their previous singles from the likes of BBC Introducing’s Tom Robinson and BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, and having charmed us with their twinkling live set at The Finsbury, Brighton/London band Foundlings have now shared another new track taken from their debut EP.

Oozing all the dreamy vibes you could ever desire, ‘Caught Up On You’ is a truly uplifting slice of heartfelt indie-pop. With shades of the likes of Best Coast or Real Estate, gentle whirring melodies accompany Amber’s luscious, honey-sweet vocals, making it impossible to resist Foundlings’ sparkling, sunny charm. And, apparently, it’s the band’s first song featuring a full-blown guitar solo… What’s not to love?!

 

Foundlings’ eponymous debut EP is out now via Last Night From Glasgow. Stream on Spotify now. And catch them live supporting faves Suggested Friends at The Cavendish Arms on 27th June.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

WATCH: Birch – ‘femme.one’

The title track from Birch’s debut album, ‘femme.one’ is a good introduction to the complex electronic layers of Birch’s sonic world.

The sound is layered and complex, but deceptively soft and minimalist seeming. Because her lyrics are delivered almost conversationally, her message can be missed sometimes. Here, for example, she is thinking of those “who have gone before me”, and an energy that she “can’t contain”.

The accompanying video shows a young woman completing a range of physical training activities in the early morning. She begins in the grey light not long after sunrise, on a wet roof on top of a tower block in an urban setting, with simple stretch exercises and shadow boxing. Then she is running along empty streets past shutters on closed shops.

“The words of our mothers are the ones that we live by” concludes this poignant, delicately powerful song.

Watch the new video for ‘femme.one’ here:

Cazz Blase
@CazzBlase

Photo Credit: Off Season Creative

WATCH: Drea – ‘Monster’

(CW: Rape, sexual assault)

Even in the era of #MeToo, in a time where more womxn are speaking out about sexual assault and their abusers, it’s still rare to hear a song that directly confronts it. However, Los Angeles artist Drea is diving in headfirst with latest track, ‘Monster’.

The video and song are both recounting the night in which Drea was raped. Written almost immediately after that terrible night, the words that flooded out onto the page are near mirror images of the feelings she and many victims are left with in the wake of such an experience: terror, sadness, isolation, and entrapment.

It’s also a reflection on the inner strength she found in herself to get through an experience that far too many share. Of her experience on the night in question, Drea says: “it was like knowing I was going to get in a life-threatening car crash, and having to watch it unfold in slow motion.” All the more, she also knows that no two experiences are the same, still hoping the finished product will speak to other survivors in saying “You’re not alone.”

Drea originally wrote ‘Monster’ as a dance track for another artist, only later realising this was something she wanted for herself. It was her; her survival story and in releasing it, she was boldly standing up for herself against the demons that haunt us.

The track is a collaboration between Drea and Los Angeles-based DJ Kayja. Kayja also provides the unidentified male hands in the video, coming out through the smoke to reveal each terrifying emotion she came away with that night. These safe hands were also the third to take on the production of ‘Monster’, a track years in the making.

In honour of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (which was in April), and her own outpouring into the #MeToo movement, the track and video for ‘Monster’ are bold, honest, and soul-baring. The thumping, slow-rolling music creates the tension of a depersonalised fraction of time; the kind that leaves you asking “why?” forever.

So much of me didn’t want to film this video,” explains Drea. “I didn’t want to go to that place again.” But she did, for an earlier version of herself who felt alone and every other womxn of whom ‘Monster’ stands up for and says, “This is for her.”

Watch the poignant new video for ‘Monster’ here:

‘Monster’ is available across all digital platforms now.

Em Burfitt
@fenderqueer

Track Of The Day: Little Pale – ‘The Way You Used To Be’

A bittersweet reflection on life before technology took over; London-based newcomer Little Pale has shared her debut single ‘The Way You Used To Be’. It was her sultry remix of The Stone Roses’ classic track ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ first caught our attention, but her debut single is a wonderful example of her ability to write electro-pop tunes laced with melancholy.

Speaking about ‘The Way You Used To Be’, the songwriter explains: “It’s a reminiscing of the old, and comment on the new. Since the rise of tech, things have become so saturated, and while it definitely brings more opportunities, it does give me a longing for a simpler time”. Little Pale – so-called due to her stature and pallor – has overcome self doubt and feelings of anxiety to create her own sounds, and we’re excited to see what else she releases over the coming months.

Listen to ‘The Way You Used To Be’ below and follow Little Pale on Instagram for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: LIINES – ‘On and On’

Following their 32-date tour around the UK with Sleaford Mods, GIHE faves and previous headliners for us at The Finsbury, LIINES return to the scene with their brand new single. A year after the release of their debut album Stop-Start, ‘On And On’ builds on their trademark rhythm-driven offerings with fantastically bright vocals and melodies.

Of the track, guitarist/vocalist Zoe McVeigh explains: “’On and On’ is about keeping everything down inside and driving yourself mad with the same looped thoughts.

‘On and On’ plays on this idea with its repeating chorus structure and lyrics, completely holding its own. Prominent guitar riffs and thrashing percussion behind the breathtakingly bold vocals create LIINES’ stand-out post-punk vibe, setting them apart as wholly individual. Packing a mighty punch, it’s another truly impressive offering from the trio. 

 

‘On and On’ is out 24th May via Reckless Yes. Pre-order on Bandcamp and pre-save on Spotify now. Catch LIINES live:

30th May – Thousand Island, London (w/ fellow faves Chorusgirl, Art Trip and The Static Sound)
31st May – Bodega, Nottingham
1st June – Yes, Manchester

Bekky Smart
@bekkymays

LIVE (Photos): The Great Escape, 09.05.19 – 11.05.19

Although sadly I wasn’t able to make The Great Escape this year, our wonderful photographer Jon Mo was down in Brighton to catch some of our favourite bands in action. 

Including Veta Records’ own showcase at The Alternate Escape, and Kick Out The Jams’ ‘The Brighton Mix Up’, take a look at some of his snaps below… 

After London delivered gritty alt-rock anthems with their trademark immense energy.

Berries treated Brighton to the raw passion of their energy-fuelled live show.

Bugeye dazzled with their infectious disco-punk anthems.

Tiger Mimic blast out their soaring, sparkling rock.

Swimming Girls delivered their catchy alt-pop gems.

Long time faves HAVVK captivate, combining celestial vocals with a gritty edge.

Scottish band The Van T’s delivered their scuzzy, sun-drenched garage rock.

Brighton’s own THYLA treated fans to their glistening dream-pop.

Liverpool band The Mysterines brought their catchy, fuzzed-out indie anthems.

Hope all of you who made it down to The Great Escape had a blast!

Photo Credit: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto
Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles

Track Of The Day: Trash Kit – ‘Horizon’

Having wowed us at one of our first nights at The Finbsury, Rachel Aggs (Sacred Paws, Shopping), Rachel Horwood (Bamboo) and Gill Partlington (Bas Jan), aka Trash Kit, have been firm favourites for some time. And now, following 2014’s Confidence, they’ve announced their upcoming new album, and shared a video for its uplifting title track, ‘Horizon’.

Inspired by how people interpret the planet and Aggs’ love of guitar music from Zimbabwe, ‘Horizon’ oozes a shimmering effervescent joy and swirling sparkling energy. Interweaving twinkling hooks, jangly beats and funk-fused bass lines, its cascading sun-filled vibes build to a wonderfully life-affirming climax and rejuvenating euphoric haze.

Of the track, Rachel Aggs explains:

The song is quite literal, thinking about the edge of the earth – how people interpret the planet, how you can sometimes forget the enormity of the world and the universe and how small that can make you feel.”

Filmed by Upset The Rhythm at Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire, the joyous new video for ‘Horizon’ is the perfect accompaniment to the track’s radiant energy. Watch it here:

Horizon, the upcoming new album from Trash Kit, is out on 5th July via Upset The Rhythm. Pre-order here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles