Track Of The Day: Fräulein – ‘Belly’

Originally hailing from Northern Ireland and the Netherlands respectively, London-based duo Joni Samuels and Karsten van der Tol – aka Fräulein – have been winning us over since we first became pretty obsessed with last year’s single ‘Drag Behind’. Now, following their majestic last single ‘Pretty People‘ and acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P. Carter, they have shared the first taste of a new double a-side release.

Exuding a stirring sense of frustration, ‘Belly‘ is propelled by dark, sparse hooks and raw, loose beats as the sweeping, captivating allure of Joni’s vocals take centre stage. With shades of Rid Of Me era PJ Harvey, it flows with an eerie, spellbinding energy, interwoven with a gritty, grunge-fuelled drive. Building with a visceral power to a brooding, immersive cacophony, ‘Belly’ will take you on a fierce sonic journey; an evocative soundscape showcasing this innovative duo’s consistent ability to develop their exquisite musical prowess with each new release.

Of the meaning behind the track, Joni Samuels explains:

‘Belly’ is a song that is written around its lyrics. I’m talking about how creativity can be bloody and exhausting for some people but really organic and energising for some others.”

Fräulein headline The Windmill in Brixton on 25th October, tickets available here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Emma Swann

Track Of The Day: Hannah Rose Kessler – ‘Come Feel Me’

In a drudging industrial confession, raw honesty and emotive instrumentals convey Hannah Rose Kessler’s mystifying ‘Come Feel Me’ with intention. Released via Reckless Yes, this new single is Kessler’s musical debut since signing to the independent label, bringing an attitude of solitude and a nostalgic edge to contemporary experimental rock. 

Thick fuzz and a slow tempo create a heavy palette reminiscent of PJ Harvey’s grunge universe, as dreary tonal arrangements flow with intention. With Kessler’s pleasant voice floating over her cathartic melodies, ‘Come Feel Me’ embodies a duality between the lightness and darkness of isolation. 

Despite swirling lyrics confessing Kessler’s mundane loneliness and yearning for others, there is a strength emitted from the production of the track that reveals an unwavering resilience in Kessler’s disposition. It is clear that Kessler craves the presence of another, but has none the less gained an empowering self-knowledge from her time alone. 

Hannah Rose Kessler has invited us into an introvert’s complex that is revealing, sonically gothic and emotionally fascinating in ‘Come Feel Me’. It is with great intrigue that we wait to see further into Kessler’s world.

Of the track, Kessler expands:

I wrote this track while stuck in a very liminal period of my life. It’s about the desperate clawing for intimacy, validation and recognition you see in groups of unhappy people…

 

‘Come Feel Me’ is out now via Reckless Yes.

Jill Goyeau
@jillybxxn

Photo Credit: Stephen Garnett

Re-Covered: Sally Anne’s Favourite Illustrated Albums

If you’re anything like us, throughout Lockdown you may have been seeking refuge in some of your favourite records, perhaps rediscovering some old classics along the way. So, for this new feature, illustrator Sally-Anne Hickman re-imagines her favourite ten albums of all time by painting their covers in her own unique style, using watercolours.

Check out the last of Sally-Anne’s choices below!

PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
PJ Harvey is a storyteller. This album is a macabre mix of chilling tales told over an unnerving organ and bluesy guitar. Harvey uses biblical imagery in her lyrics, she sings of the dry earth and hell, managing to somehow show a vulnerability in her strong raw vocals. The album is a display of her song writing mastery, PJ Harvey unleashes musical theatrics and melodrama and proves that quiet is just as powerful and disturbing as loud.

 

Sally-Anne Hickman
@sallyshinystars