Track Of The Day: BLAB – ‘Age Gracefully’

A playful guitar tune that tackles toxic modern day beauty standards, Southend based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Frances Murray aka BLAB has shared her latest single, ‘Age Gracefully’. Released via independent label Cool Thing Records, the track is a lo-fi musing on the unachievable aesthetic ideals that young women are bombarded with via their phone screens, and a gentle reminder not to buy into the bullshit.

“’Age Gracefully’ is an anti-beauty standards anthem for a generation brought up with a distorted perception of reality through social media and insidious marketing,” BLAB explains about her latest release. Following on from her 2021 EP, Word Of Mouth, BLAB continues to reaffirm her anti-establishment, anti-ego message on her new track, sound-tracked by vintage drum machines and buoyant guitar twangs.

Lyrically, BLAB takes aim at everything from Love Island, to wasting your wages on expensive and facials, to the the self-loathing that comes from being relentlessly shown the “picture perfect fantasy” of the daily routines of TV stars and strangers on social media feeds. Rather than being sucked into the despair of it all, BLAB reclaims the natural joy of ageing on her own terms in the chorus, her heartfelt vocals soaring over her melodic riffs, before resolving that “all that I can be is me / and I’m only a human being” at the end of the track.

This single is the first of many releases that BLAB has planned for 2023, so keep an eye out for more tunes from the Essex-based musician.

Listen to ‘Age Gracefully’ below.

 

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Photo Credit: Cameron Russell

Kate Crudgington
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Track Of The Day: girlhouse – ‘concussion’

A hazy, bitter sweet reflection on the unexpected challenges of overcoming heartbreak, US bedroom-pop artist girlhouse has shared her latest single ‘concussion’. Taken from her upcoming record the second EP, the track is a gentle, lo-fi offering inspired by girlhouse aka Lauren Luiz’s own experience of being involved in a both physical and emotional car crash.

“‘concussion’ is about a monumentally shit day,” Luiz explains. “My first and favorite car got smashed (it was a bright orange 81 Honda Civic with a stick shift), next thing I knew I was lying on the ground, being harassed by LA firemen while a woman was screaming at me calling me a dumb bitch. I just have no idea what happened, all I could think about was this person that had just broken my heart, somehow nothing else mattered. I think I used that relationship as a distraction in a big way, it was that moment where I realized that person was taking up a lot of mental real estate and I needed to make room for actual problems in my life and move on.”

Luiz has transformed her ruminations on this traumatic event into a bright, playful slice of bedroom-pop. Moving on from the anxiety that underscored her debut self-titled EP, girlhouse’s new efforts look set to be just as emotive, but more mature in sound and delivery.

Watch the video for ‘concussion’ below.

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LISTEN: Chinwe – ‘Intoxicated’

A sultry, lo-fi tune that lives up to its namesake, East London songwriter Chinwe has shared her latest single ‘Intoxicated’. Influenced by the likes of Nina Simone and Portishead, Chinwe’s latest offering falls somewhere between the two musical worlds – spaced out yet soulful, melancholy yet uplifting.

Raised by her Nigerian father and Jamaican Mother, Chinwe was surrounded by a an eclectic collection of music from a young age. She began learning how to play the violin, but once she started to teach herself chords on the guitar her true musicianship began to shine through. Now, the young producer is captivating listeners with her smooth, intense vocals and heady beats.

Listen to ‘Intoxicating’ below and follow Chinwe on Spotify for more updates.

 

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@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Mima Good – ‘Cool’

Buoyant guitar loops, creative percussion and smooth vocals combine on Mima Good‘s latest single, ‘Cool’. The track is a lo-fi exploration of what it means to be yourself in a world that often tries to tell you you’re either not enough, or not spending enough to be considered “cool”.

Based in Brooklyn, Mima Good creates her “anti-pop” tunes from her home studio, recording vocals in a closet covered in red velvet. She uses the surfaces and utensils in her kitchen as substitutes for a full drum kit too, making the polished yet simple sounds on new single ‘Cool’ feel even more anti-establishment.

“I’ve always had trouble fitting into one genre, one crowd, one look” admits Mima. “When I wrote ‘Cool’, I was sarcastically attempting to simplify myself into a neat little indie bubble. It started out as a joke, but as I layered on new instruments, I peeled back the onion to more sincere feelings about accessibility to community and image. When I wrote the second verse and the line: ‘their sneakers look just like yours / but from a different place’, I was thinking about how much capitalism controls coolness. At the time, everyone was wearing the same white sneakers. Some were hundreds of dollars and some were $40 rip offs, but everyone was attempting to belong to the same clean box.”

One thing’s for sure, we think Mima’s DIY approach to making music is pretty cool. Listen to ‘Cool’ below and follow Mima Good on Spotify & Facebook for more updates.

Photo credit: Michelle LoBianco

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut