LISTEN: Bleach Lab – ‘Real Thing’

Fusing hope and hesitation with heart-wrenching ease, Bleach Lab’s latest single ‘Real Thing’ is a dream-pop delight. Following on from their debut EP A Calm Sense of Surrounding, the South-London based indie group’s latest track shows Bleach Lab at what they do best: endearing, emotional indie with a hint of electronica.

Like candy that can kill, there’s a sweet sadness to ‘Real Thing.’ “It’s about wanting to find a more meaningful and lasting connection with someone,” explains vocalist Jenna Kyle. “I had been processing a lot of issues over the last couple of years to do with previous relationships and personal development, and I had finally reached a place where I felt I was in the right state of mind to be open to looking for something new.”

Saturated with the shoegazy sounds like Slowdive and Mazzy Star, it’s no surprise that the single was produced by alt-rock genius Stephen Street, who has produced tracks from The Smiths, Blur and The Cranberries in the past. The song’s acoustic guitars, soft electronic drumbeats and reverb depict the rectifying promise of budding romances. Kyle envelops her lyrics with longing as delicately as silk sits on skin: “I really wanna see you again / I wanna be more than friends,” which seems more like a prayer than a refrain.

Tender, touching and tactful, the new track emulates the melancholy melodies of Heaven or Las Vegas. If you find the slightly soul-crushing sounds of the Cocteau Twins comforting, Bleach Lab is the band for you.

Listen to ‘Real Thing’ below.

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Jay Mitra
@punkofcolour

LISTEN: girlhouse – ‘happy now’

Showcasing a new emotional maturity to her song-writing, Portland-born Nashville-based musician girlhouse has shared her latest single ‘happy now’. Whilst the track starts out deceptively dreamy, lyrically there’s no mistaking how girlhouse aka Lauren Luiz feels – especially in the biting lines “your promises stink like gasoline” and “are you f****g happy now?”

Listeners could be fooled into thinking this song is about lost love, but Luiz is actually pleading with herself on this new release. “’happy now’ started as an angry poem towards someone in my life that was really emotionally challenging to me,” she explains. “As we started producing it and I started looking at the lyrics from a different perspective, I realized I was projecting everything I hated about myself towards this other person. ‘happy now’ is my heart, gladiator screaming ‘are you not entertained?!’ to my body after doing all the things and following all the people that should, in theory, make me happy but in the end left me feeling empty.”

Through her grunge laden guitar and melodic voice, Luiz vents her frustration throughout the track, arriving at a place of acceptance and growth. 

Listen to ‘happy now’ below.

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Kat Jamison

LISTEN: GIHE on Soho Radio with Fears 28.07.21

Tash, Kate & Mari were back on the NYC & Culture channel on Soho Radio‘s airwaves for their third GIHE show! They played a mix of golden oldies – including a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse – and new music tunes from some of their favourite women, non-binary and LGBTQ+ artists.

Irish musician & Tulle Collective co-founder Fears aka Constance Keane also joined them to talk about the reaction to her beautiful debut album Oíche, her upcoming gig plans, and how watching Love Island and Mary Kate & Ashley’s 2002 rom-com When In Rome have helped her through periods of lockdown & Covid-induced isolation.

Listen below:

Tracklist
Amy Winehouse – Me & Mr Jones
Babeheaven – Lovefool (The Cardigans Cover)
Abra – Roses
Evil House Party – Head Held High
Maria Uzor – Innocence
Witch Prophet ft. Stas THEE Boss – MUSA (Remix)
Alewya – Sweating
Denise Chaila – 061
Seraphina Simone – Skin
PET Wife – Sword
Smoothboi Ezra – Without Me
My Idea – Stay Away Still
WILLOW ft. Travis Barker – transparentsoul
Fears – Fabric
**Interview with Fears**
Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra – I Didn’t Love You When I Said I Did and I Don’t Now
F.R.U.I.T.Y – U.P.S
Tirzah – Tectonic
Gazelle Twin – Changelings
Bad Waitress – Strawberry Milkshake
Pretty Happy – Sudocream
Catherine Moan – Drop It!
Crisp&Classy – Boom Bay
BAXTR – In Pop We Trust
Sugababes – Same Old Story (Blood Orange Remix)
Planningtorock – Gay Dreams Come True

Track Of The Day: Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra – ‘I Didn’t Love You When I Said I Did and I Don’t Now’

Equal parts charming and cutting, Dublin-based trio Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra‘s latest single ‘I Didn’t Love You When I Said I Did and I Don’t Now’ is a swirling lament to the moment when you realise a relationship is ultimately beyond saving. Released via Anon Records and recommended to us by fellow Irish musician Fears, the band blend shimmering guitars, urgent vocals and poignant lyricism to reflect the frustrations and uncertainties that come with this unwanted epiphany.

Formed of Sarah Deegan (songwriter/guitarist), Alice Grollero (bassist) and Danni Nolan (drummer), Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra met via Dublin’s underground & DIY music scenes and began writing music together inspired by the sounds of Mitski, Courtney Barnett and Angel Olsen. The band deliver their observations on life with a raw sincerity, with Deegan’s distinctive voice leading the charge on ‘I Didn’t Love You When I Said I Did and I Don’t Now’.

The track is accompanied by a video, shot and edited by artist Hollie Gilson, reflecting the irritation, resentment and reluctance that follows the point of no return after a breakup. To take the edge off, they’ve also shared some fun ‘Behind The Scenes’ footage that you can watch here too.

Watch the video for ‘I Didn’t Love You When I Said I Did and I Don’t Now’ below.

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Kate Crudgington
@kcbobcut