Track Of The Day: Talk Like Tigers – ‘Sacred Feminine’

In anticipation of their debut double-EP release, Newcastle’s Talk Like Tigers reveal ‘Sacred Feminine’ – a feminist-indie-pop anthem. As identical twins and a two-piece indie band, the duo manifest a captivating presence the moment that their creative efforts join together.

Charlotte and Stephanie blend the melodies of indie-pop’s catchy merit with wisps of other outside influences like retro synth-pop and dreamy alternative pop. What remains steady in the vividness of Talk Like Tigers’ lyrical takes, which paint colourful images via the pair’s lush, velvety vocals. The vocal harmonies in ‘Sacred Feminine’ are a fierce, distinguishing element that adds a fizzing energy to the track. Many producers feel that this kind of oral chemistry is exclusive to siblings, so to hear the synchronisation of these gifted twins is quite the exhibition.

While switching between synths, guitars and snappy drum pads, the duo glitter ‘Sacred Feminine’ with quirky rhythms that are both abstract and infectious, symbolising the multi-faceted aspects of femininity. Celebration is a central sentiment as listeners are transported to a space where both the beautiful and the strong nature of femininity merge to reflect the goddess-like qualities of the phenomenon.

Talk Like Tigers summarise that their track “is a powerful, anthemic song about femininity and female worth.” ‘Sacred Feminine’ honours femininity, vulnerability and intuition as absolute strengths in this empowering anthem.

Watch the sparkling, uplifting video for ‘Sacred Feminine’ here:

Talk Like Tigers are set to release their debut double EP in May. Keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Jill Goyeau

Photo Credit: Lee Scullion

Track Of The Day: Twist Helix -‘Vultures’

In a pulsing electro anthem, Newcastle-based Twist Helix make a smashing statement with their third single ‘Vultures’. With eager anticipation of their second studio album Machinery set to come out in November, Twist Helix deliver their listeners an undeniable tease of what catchiness is soon to come with their fall release.

Silky, chorus-like synths are the breath of ‘Vultures’, as the band lyrically depict some of the complexities and afflictions that stem from our music industry. The band explain: “as an artist you’re in an inherently vulnerable position that makes it very easy to be preyed upon.

With so many layers to the meaning behind this statement made by the band, it is truly significant that this discussion be had on a creative practice where it is free to be both safe and light, as well as emotive. For Twist Helix, making a song dance worthy and energising is no matter of contention. With a tasteful blend of post pop melodies, relentless electronic beats, and the band’s cathartic lyrical experience, ‘Vultures’ illustrates its best self with sonic elements that are both shiny and shadowed. With a tasteful, experimental and lush execution, Twist Helix have left us with dancing feet and genuine eagerness with this latest offering.


Machinery, the upcoming album from Twist Helix, is set for release in November.

Jill Goyeau

Photo Credit: Jay Dawson (Shutter Productions)

Track Of The Day: BLÓM – ‘Skank Witch’

If you’re a fan of Newcastle’s Tough Tits, you’re definitely going to approve of Blóm, who define themselves as “three cute punks playing pure radge shit.” Together, Erika, Liz and Helen (both formerly Tough Tits) create experimental noise-punk and they’ve shared a devious example of their abilities on latest single ‘Skank Witch’.

Taken from the band’s debut two-track EP POWERFRAU/SKANK WITCH which they released via Hominid Sounds, the new single and accompanying video explore themes of politics, oppression, mental health, abuse and the idea of being an outsider. Embracing the label of “QT punx” (queer/trans punk), Blóm clash masculine & feminine ideals in both their style and aesthetic, projecting chaos, conflict and discomfort onto their audiences whilst simultaneously asking: “does any of it actually fucking matter?”

The band will support their debut launch with a weekend of UK gig dates, followed
by an extended UK summer tour with Newcastle-based noisemakers Okay Champ. Check Blóm’s Facebook page for more details and listen to ‘Skank Witch’ below.

You can purchase Blóm’s 2 track EP from Bandcamp.

Kate Crudgington