LISTEN: The Dead Zoo – ‘In The End’

A shimmering synth-pop tune that celebrates the importance of emotional resilience in the face of adversity, London-based group The Dead Zoo have shared their second single ‘In The End’. Following on from their J-Pop cover ‘Mother‘ in 2020, the band continue to blend pop sensibilities into their usually heavier post punk/shoegaze offerings, this time reflecting the optimism and strength that underscores their latest effort.

“During the second lockdown, I was listening to a lot of 80s stuff–Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer, Madonna, Japan, New Order,” songwriter and vocalist Kaoru explains. “That poured into the conception of sound and melody for the song. The lyric is founded on my gender transition experience. The sense of keeping faith in an envisioned future and using that goal to overcome difficulties and stay on course; though I think it carries a more universal message of hope and optimism that I think we all need right now in these unusual times.”

Full of lush synths and snappy beats, ‘In The End’ is an uplifting ode to coping through testing circumstances. The track has also been remixed by Brighton’s CLT DRP and fellow London band The Sly Persuaders, something band member Somrata takes great pride in. “We were completely blown away by the creativity and variety of the remixes as they came in. It’s great to have so many liberating perspectives on a piece that was conceived and mostly recorded and mixed during the very difficult winter lockdown. We can’t wait to share it with the world and to perform it live for the first time.”

Listen to ‘In The End’ below.

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Photo Credit: K Hearne

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Jackie Lynn – ‘Casino Queen’

Grab your silver cowboy boots, put on your sequin dress, and prepare to strut your stuff to ‘Casino Queen’, the latest single from Jackie Lynn. Taken from the band’s sophomore album Jacqueline, (set for release on 10th April via Drag City), the song is a driving, disco-infused offering from the mysterious American group.

Jackie Lynn is the fictional alter ego of songwriter Haley Fohr, who is also known for her work with indie folk project Circuit des Yeux. Along with band members Cooper Crain, Rob Frye and Dan Quinlivan, Fohr has returned to continue Jackie’s ongoing narrative on her new album.

‘Casino Queen’ is a pulsing, 80s tinged electro-tune that brims with confidence and attitude. “Girl you’re on a roll / the whole room wants to know / how they didn’t notice you” sings Fohr, over hypnotic beats and buzzing synths. The song is also accompanied by a video directed by both Fohr and Krzys Piotrowski.

Fohr kindly elaborates on the track’s visuals: “‘Casino Queen’ showcases a night in the life of Jacqueline. The song and video follow the letting go of an individual’s underdog mentality, realigning it with the winner’s place. What does it take to refocus one’s internal mirror and become a ‘Casino Queen’? All in due time shall we each define ourselves prosperous by way of intuition, self belief, nearby shoulders, a bit of luck, and maybe a wig.”

Watch the video for ‘Casion Queen’ below, and follow Jackie Lynn on Facebook and Spotify for more updates.

Photo credit: Evan Jenkins

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Follow The Voice’

Sharp percussion, hazy guitar sounds and longing vocals mesh together in moody style on ‘Follow The Voice’, the latest single from Hamburg-based duo Kraków Loves Adana. Formed of Deniz Çiçek and her partner Robert Heitmann, the pair have recently signed to iconic label Italians Do It Better (Chromatics, Desire, Glass Candy).

With a sound that would sit comfortably on the soundtrack for Drive, ‘Follow The Voice’ brims with hypnotizing synth textures and melancholic lyrics. The track is accompanied by a self-directed video which the duo filmed in Hamburg. The visuals show Deniz falling under the spell of her own voice, draped in colourful veils and flashing lights.

Kraków Loves Adana formed in 2006 after eyeing each other for months at the same nightclubs in Germany. Now, with the production skills of Johnny Jewel, the duo are set to share their debut album in early 2020, as well as supporting Chromatics & Desire on stage for the European leg of their “Double Exposure” world tour.

Listen to ‘Follow The Voice’ below and follow Kraków Loves Adana 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