Track Of The Day: Friedberg – ‘Go Wild’

Start your weekend right with the laid-back sounds of indie-pop band Friedberg and their latest single ‘Go Wild’. Accompanied by a cool set of visuals, the track is a lo-fi slice of alternative summer sound that’ll have you dancing your way around the BBQ (even if it’s raining).

The track is inspired by front-woman Anna’s recent trip to London from Berlin. She explains: “I was out in the capital and was just watching the night descend into chaos, as everyone got drunker and drunker around me. At that moment, the line for the chorus: ‘you gotta go wild’ popped into my head. I ended up rushing home, and writing the song that night”.

Anna’s speedy reflections on that night have now blossomed in to a cool, catchy tune that tastefully celebrates letting loose. Friedberg are set to release their debut album at some point during 2020, but we’re content to listen to ‘Go Wild’ on repeat until then. Watch the video for the track below and follow Friedberg on Facebook for more updates.

Friedberg play The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on 3rd October. Event details & tickets here.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: SKYND – ‘Tyler Hadley’

Not for the faint hearted, industrial/electronic duo SKYND have shared their latest track ‘Tyler Hadley’, taken from their second EP Chapter II released earlier this year. Continuing in the tradition of most of their previous releases, the song is named after a psychopath, exploring their historic brutality through startling visuals and thumping beats.

Formed of SKYND (vocals) and “Father” (producer/multi-instrumentalist), the duo explain the premise of their new track further: “‘Tyler Hadley’ follows the story of a boy who killed both of his parents because he wanted to throw a party at his house. He developed the idea to kill his parents so he didn’t have to ask for permission anymore. He ended up having a party in the house that dead bodies were in, so it’s really creepy.”

Creepy is certainly an apt word for the context of SKYND’s songs, but the duo state they are here to serve as a reminder that “All human beings are capable of cruelty”. Their intense live performances aim to provide listeners with a different perspective, and to question what lies beneath the facade of normality.

Watch the video for ‘Tyler Hadley’ below and follow SKYND on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Gif – ‘Lumière’

A gnarly take-down of the double standards and inappropriate behaviour women and girls often face in public, Dublin trio gif have shared their debut single ‘Lumière’. The track is inspired by the need to make their own shows a safe space for women and non-binary people, and the trio use their catchy, indie-punk tunes to get this important message across.

Formed in October 2018, the Irish teenagers – aged between 17 and 19 – have adopted a strong DIY ethic, self-funding everything they’ve achieved so far. This includes headline shows in Dublins biggest venues such as Workman’s and Whelan’s, and recently being added to Spotify’s “An Alternative Éire” playlist, which showcases new Irish alternative sounds.

Debut single ‘Lumière’ is accompanied by a humourous music video Directed by Eleanor Rogers which features shots of the band playing their instruments, as an intense situation unfolds between a young woman and her (unwanted) admirer on webcam. Check out the music video below and follow gif on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

ALBUM: Queen Bonobo – ‘Light Shadow Boom Boom’

Queen Bonobo’s engaging debut Light Shadow Boom Boom unites a broad array of textures into a coherent whole. Backed by a talented young group of Northern Irish jazz musicians, her ten tracks draw together the acoustics of jazz, direct songwriting, and an expansive range of other sounds.

This eclecticism is no surprise – born in an Idaho forest, Queen Bonobo has spent a lifetime on the move, pursuing spontaneous collaboration with musicians from all corners. The album showcases less idyllic themes too, with lyrics covering depression in the family and the difficulties of radical self-acceptance in changing circumstances. But the restorative power of music making is always at the core. In her words: “the title stands for the heavens above (light), the earth below (dark), and the pulse of life throughout it all”.

‘The Lord Does What He Wants’, opens the album, placing folksy melodies over joyous chord-strums, but the upbeat feel of the instruments is tinged with escapism too (“I’m plain dysfunctional / break me so I know nothing’s permanent”). ‘Light Me Up’ moves from sultry jazz to cracking, imploring screams, and ‘Shadow’ explores other shades of contrast, with light brushes of sax giving way to lilting solos.

‘Honey’’s brief stopover in 7/4 is balanced by the simple, earthy percussion of ‘Boom Boom’, reminiscent of Ibeyi’s back-to-nature approach. Inspired by the Appalachian Mountains, its signature line may serve as the album’s best summary: “My energy’s infectious, connected with the earth”. ‘Spin Me’ is unquestionably the album’s most intriguing track. Half-sketched melodies are pulled apart by a dream-swirl of languid synths, the music somehow seeming to rotate around itself without having a clear centre point.

The natural sincerity of Queen Bonobo’s voice superbly ties together the variety, elastically summoning energy and introspection in a fine balance. The album is a clear product of its situation – a collection of promising young musicians trying a range of styles on for size. This is an intriguing debut that bodes well for the future of all the artists at it’s core.

Follow Queen Bonobo on Facebook for more updates.

George Howlett

WATCH: HIDE – ‘Raw Dream’

**WARNING: Nudity & graphic content**

Brutal beats, abrasive synths and cutting vocals infiltrate HIDE‘s latest single ‘Raw Dream’, taken from their upcoming album Hell is Here, which is set for release on 23rd August via Dais Records.

Based in Chicago, HIDE are comprised of fine artist Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher. They describe their new single as “an anthem for the rise of the disenfranchised – a long overdue and joyous recalibration of an imbalance of power”. The track is accompanied by a video shot by Eon Mora, and edited by Christopher Michael Hefner and the band.

HIDE are renowned for their electric live performances, and dedication to channeling the voices of those who have been downtrodden, abused, or ignored. Their 2016 EP Black Flame was dedicated to the memory of Reyhana Jabbari – a 27 year old Iranian woman who was hung for allegedly killing someone who tried to rape her. Their 2017 debut album Castration Anxiety addresses issues of power dynamics and representation. Now, with ‘Raw Dream’ and their upcoming second album, the pair continue to transform vulnerability in to more powerful, distracting industrial tunes.

HIDE will be playing at The Shacklewell Arms on 3rd October, and we strongly recommend you grab a ticket before they sell out the venue. Watch ‘Raw Dream’ below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Palm Haze – ‘Floating’

Hazy, reverb-heavy guitars and drifting vocals permeate ‘Floating’, the new single from Vancouver-via-Brazil shoegaze duo Palm Haze. The track is taken from their upcoming album Rêve Bleu, which is set for release on 30th August via YHS Records.

Whilst Anna Wagner (vocals/bass) and Lucas Inacio’s (guitar/producer) music is clearly influenced by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, the duo also blend elements of alt-rock and trip-hop to create their luscious, swirling soundscapes. Their 2017 EP Tangy Dream was rated as DKFM’s third best shoegaze album, and their new record looks set to be a hit with fans and critics alike.

The band describe Rêve Bleu as “another story told by the unconscious”, and singles ‘Almost Soon’ and ‘Floating’ have already tapped in to the beauty in Palm Haze’s chaotic hive mind. Lucas explains further: “While Tangy Dream feels very tangible and achievable, Rêve Bleu will bring up chaotic emotions and thoughts, taking you much further from reality and closer to the wonders of uncertainty. Where could you go? What could you do? It’s a fantasy you fall on accidentally, revealing risky and forbidden paths. It’s the kind of dream you’re afraid of, but also tempted towards.”

We’re happy to drift along unconsciously with Palm Haze’s new sounds. Listen to ‘Follow’ below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Foxgluvv – ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’

A sparkling, sultry tune inspired by the 1985 film of the same name: fabulous “hungover-pop” artist Foxgluvv has shared her latest single ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’. It’s the first song to be released from her upcoming debut EP I Never Felt Hollywood, which is set to be released later this year.

As a DIY artist who champions queer music, it’s no surprise that Foxgluvv self-directed the accompanying video to ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’. Speaking about her new track, Foxgluvv explains: “[It] represents the love and admiration I so desperately wanted growing up, as most teenagers can relate to. Being queer, I never saw my ideal relationship portrayed on TV or in films. I was left with a sense of longing and intrigue towards my sexuality and I found myself questioning whether or not I would ever be in a happy, fulfilling relationship. I wanted to write a song that managed to grasp those feelings of uncertainty underneath, whilst masquerading as a typical love song on the first listen”.

Along with Producer Scott Colcombe, Foxgluvv crafts lo-fi, but sensational electronic pop tunes that are memorable for their catchy beats and their emotional content. ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ is another example of her natural ability to create intriguing and entertaining music that navigates the difficulty of queer relationships, and her longing for love whilst coming to terms with her true identity.

Listen to ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ below and follow Foxgluvv on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut