Track Of The Day: El Tee – ‘How I Like It’

Full of hazy guitar sounds and hushed, heartfelt vocals; Melbourne-based artist El Tee has shared her latest single ‘How I Like It’ via AWAL. The track is both a “protest against, and an acknowledgement of losing yourself to someone else” and showcases the songwriter’s strength and vulnerability over the course of five sweet minutes.

El Tee (aka Lauren Tarver) has been busy performing in her hometown recently, both as a solo artist and as part of local five-piece outfit Club Med. Her relatable lyrics and her honest narratives mark her out as an interesting new talent on both the Aussie new music scene, and further abroad.

Speaking about her latest single, El Tee explains: “‘How I Like It’ captures the surrender of identity in fear of disapproval and rejection, while holding on to just enough self-respect to voice your needs and desires”. It’s this willingness to confront emotional difficulty that makes her new track linger in the memory for so long. Listen to ‘How I Like It’ below and follow El Tee on Facebook for more updates.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Junaco – ‘In Between’

Described as honeyed garage folk, duo Junaco hail from Los Angeles and have just released their latest single ‘In Between, taken from their recently released EP Awry, and I just can’t get it out of my ears.

Junaco are producing such a lovely, inviting, gentle and organic sound with ‘In Between’; this track especially seems like the perfect accompaniment to these endless summer eves, and I just can’t get enough of it.

 

Follow Junaco on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more details.

Tash Walker
@maudeandtrevor

Track Of The Day: Suggested Friends – ‘Cygnets’

Having been completely addicted to Suggested Friends‘ eponymous debut release over the last couple of years, and having being utterly charmed by them at numerous gigs in that time, I couldn’t be more excited to hear that they have just announced the release of their second album.

To coincide with the announcement, Suggested Friends have shared new single ‘Cygnets’. With totally dreamy harmonies and the distinctive heartfelt crystalline vocals of Faith Taylor, it’s filled with an infectious jangly scuzz and stirring raw emotion, complete with some impressive rollicking riffage. Of the track, Faith explains:

This song documents the uneasy process of learning to trust yourself and therefore also trust other people. It refers to ‘digital birds’ because my bird-sound alarm clock mixed in with the sounds of the actual dawn chorus and became a metaphor for discerning which messages and voices to believe.”

Cygnets‘ is accompanied by a home-taped video filmed in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, on the band’s recent 2018 US tour date. Watch now:

I just can’t get enough of Suggested Friends, and cannot wait for their new album Turtle Taxi, which is set for release on 4th October. Catch Suggested Friends live:

26th September – Metronome, Nottingham (supporting Camp Cope)
9th October – Shacklewell Arms, London (album launch show)
12th October – The Old Cold Store, Nottingham (Nottingham Pop All-Dayer)
25th October – DIY Space For London (Weenfest)

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Frankie Cosmos – ‘Wannago’

Ahead of the release of their fourth album next month, New York band Frankie Cosmos have now shared a food-filled new video for single ‘Wannago’.

Inspired by feelings of love and distance, ‘Wannago’ flows with lilting melodies and luscious harmonies, lead by vocalist Greta Kline, creating a twinkling indie-pop gem. Filled with moreish, deliciously sweet, sounds, and a sparkling allure, it will leave the ears utterly charmed and ready for seconds immediately.

of the track, Kline explains:

“‘Wannago’ is an older song that I thought would never come out. Every time we ever tried to arrange it we gave up or lied that we would come back to it later. It felt too hard, and I found some of the lyrics embarrassing. Then Alex encouraged us to give it another shot because he really loved the demo. We ended up all working together to turn this into a song that feels sparkly and distinct; and it’s really fun to play. I’ve accepted the cheesier lyrics as part of the youthful glow of the song, it feels very wide-eyed and is purely about love, distance, and life.”

Featuring comedian Catherine Cohen and directed by House Of Nod, the new video for ‘Wannago’ is out now. Watch here:

Close It Quietly, the upcoming album from Frankie Cosmos, is out 6th September via Sub Pop. Catch the band live in the UK in October:

16th October – The Haunt, Brighton
17th October
– Exchange, Bristol
19th October – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
20th October – Delicious Clam, Sheffield
21st October – Night & Day, Manchester
22nd October – Islington Assembly Hall, London

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

 

Track Of The Day: Shari Vari – ‘Out Of Order’

Multi-talented artists and producers Shari Vari have shared their latest single ‘Out Of Order’ and it’s an alt-electronic gem. The Hamburg-based duo blend elements of techno, jazz, pop and their clear cut vocals to create a catchy three and a half minutes of electro-punk joy.

Shari Vari consists of Helena Ratka and Sophia Kennedy. Both are visual artists, producers and musicians who began working together after a joint art exhibition, releasing their debut EP Life Should Be A Holiday in 2017. The duo are currently preparing to share their debut album NOW via cult label Malka Tuti on 13th September.

Speaking about the new tracks on their upcoming record, the duo explain: “Time is ticking and the questions we have regarding time and action [are] the connecting element of the songs and tracks on the album. There is mostly a dark connotation in music and lyrics, but not without a joyful outlook, fun twists and a breeze of irony. The lyrics oscillate between film-like atmospheres, comic and dark story-telling, involving fictional characters. NOW connects the individual with the social persona, while the tracks take you on a trip from the boiler room next to our studio, to a chilly Sunday in the park. It’s more a stream of consciousness than a conceptual decision we made”.

We’re happy to join the duo on their musical journey regardless of the destinations they take us to. Watch the video for ‘Out Of Order’ below and follow Shari Vari on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Hurtling – ‘Summer’

Set to release their debut album in October, London band Hurtling have now shared a brand new single.

Starting off with gentle, finger-picked lilting melodies and the luscious, delicate vocals of Jen Macro, ‘Summer’ soon builds with sun-drenched whirring hooks and immense beats to a fuzz-filled noisepop anthem, as Macro’s vocals reveal their true raw grit. A scuzzy dream of a track, it’s impossible not to get caught up in its sparkling, psychedelic haze, which will leave you longing for more of Hurtling’s epic sonic delights.

‘Summer’ was self-produced and recorded at One Cat Studio in Brixton. Watch the kaleidoscopic new video (directed by Jen Macro) here:

‘Summer’ is out 16th August, whilst Hurtling’s debut album – Future From Here – is out 18th October, both via Onomatopoeia Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Ashley Jones

Track Of The Day: Friedberg – ‘Go Wild’

Start your weekend right with the laid-back sounds of indie-pop band Friedberg and their latest single ‘Go Wild’. Accompanied by a cool set of visuals, the track is a lo-fi slice of alternative summer sound that’ll have you dancing your way around the BBQ (even if it’s raining).

The track is inspired by front-woman Anna’s recent trip to London from Berlin. She explains: “I was out in the capital and was just watching the night descend into chaos, as everyone got drunker and drunker around me. At that moment, the line for the chorus: ‘you gotta go wild’ popped into my head. I ended up rushing home, and writing the song that night”.

Anna’s speedy reflections on that night have now blossomed in to a cool, catchy tune that tastefully celebrates letting loose. Friedberg are set to release their debut album at some point during 2020, but we’re content to listen to ‘Go Wild’ on repeat until then. Watch the video for the track below and follow Friedberg on Facebook for more updates.

Friedberg play The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on 3rd October. Event details & tickets here.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut