Premiere: Party Fears – ‘OK. No Problem’

Having started out life in Seoul as the solo project of Northern Irish Maggie Devlin, Party Fears is now comprised of both Devlin and Eilis Frawley, as they create their unique genre-defying sounds. Following catchy tracks such as ‘Dog Star’ and ‘Sun King II’, the duo have now released a brand new single.

Inspired by feelings of self-doubt and loneliness, ‘OK. No Problem’ oozes the subtle power of Devlin’s honey-sweet vocals alongside twinkling melodies and an infectious colourful energy. Juxtaposing the track’s reflective subject matter with the duo’s sparkling charisma, ‘OK. No Problem’ builds with an impassioned grit, creating a truly moreish blast of art-pop.

Of the meaning behind the track, Devlin explains:

Doubt is a lonely place to live… While you’re deciding what’s up or down or black or white, the world moves on; somehow you’re still on the starting block, deciding to start running with your left or your right foot… I don’t think loneliness is always sad. It can agitate, it can exist as a kind of frustration or mania. Or even joy. Like a stubborn, contrary joy.”

Recorded by Ryan McGroarty in Start Together Studios, and featuring Lisa Kelly on bass, you can listen to ‘OK. No Problem’ for the first time here:

 

And you can also take a watch of the brand new accompanying video, filmed in Berlin by film-makers Valérie Partoens and Ergi Dosti:

‘Ok. No Problem’ is out tomorrow, 25th October.

Artwork by: Ali Nail Bak

Mari Lane
@marimindles

WATCH: Soft As Snow – ‘Pink Rushes’

If you’re seeking “an intense and intimate mental catharsis,” then Norwegian-born, Berlin-based duo Soft as Snow are the band to invest your listening time in. The pair are set to their debut album Deep Wave on April 6th via Houndstooth records, and they’ve shared a video for gently named single ‘Pink Rushes’, which is lifted from the record.

Together, Oda Egjar Starheim and Øystein Monsen create “oblique left-field pop” that recalls Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, deep Detroit techno and Fever Ray. They prefer to avoid laptops when creating music, opting for analogue machinery, samplers, live drums and processed guitars. ‘Pink Rushes’ is a solid example of this, with its pulverizing bass, intense rhythmic throbs and Oda’s “vocal witchcraft”.

Listen to ‘Pink Rushes’ below, and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Deep Wave is released on 6th April via Houndstooth Records.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut