In case you missed it - You shouldn't have, but just in case you did.
I am so unbelievably tired. I'm currently trying to catch up on the sleep I missed last Saturday night and it's really just not working out for me. I went and saw Chinah play The Lexington on Thursday which was super cool, they were so good, and now all that I am is annoyed that I could have seen them twice this month. I saw State Champs as well, which was cool because I don't really go to that many rock things anymore and for some reason I'm seeing them again next Saturday too - yolo right?
Everything this week is "excellent" - no really, I actually used that word in every post.
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Erik Hassle, I have no idea what you’re doing or how you’re doing it but it sounds incredible. I always feel sad about Erik Hassle, I feel like he should be a much bigger global pop success than he is. Especially when you just roll out tracks like ‘Natural Born Lovers’. I've been absolutely rinsing this all week because it's just so excellent. There's also now an official video for this which is great.
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to posting this new Lostboycrow song. ‘Powers’ may be the strongest vocal performance we’ve heard from the Californian so far, which is pretty impressive because everything else we’ve heard so far has been excellent. Forever stoked on Lostboycrow.
Ellie Goulding can do and will never do no wrong. ‘On My Mind’ is just another slice of pop masterpiece from Goulding’s ever-growing catalogue of excellence. I don’t think that this is much of a drastic change of direction for her either. Of course it’s very different from anything on ‘Lights’ but it’s not miles away from Halcyon’s sound overall. Not one iota of me is going to be able to wait patiently for her album which is due for release at the start of November.
Once I got into it, I really enjoyed some of Troye Sivan’s recent Wild EP, including but not limited to this track ‘Fools’. But it did take me a little while to get past the fact that it was Troye Sivan. Overall the EP seemed much more mature than what I thought he was capable of releasing. Glades are a Sydney based The XX/Chvrches-esque trio and their cover of ‘Fools’ is absolutely stunning. And it’s also available as a free download on Soundcloud, BONUS.
Samm Henshaw’s debut EP The Sound Experiment finally saw its actual real life release this week! ‘Autonomy (Slave)’ features on that EP and it's really cool, as is all of Samm Henshaw’s music. Henshaw’s vocals in particular are so strong and pretty unique, there aren’t many people so young coming out with this calibre of music. Henshaw is also playing some headline dates at the start of November - great news!
This week Evanescence’s ‘Bring Me To Life’ led me to create a playlist which I called Manson & Friends, featuring a load of good and bad 00′s rock. I was reminded of this song by Stone Sour. I want to say it was their debut single? Regardless, eight years on it still sounds excellent.
TĀLĀ and MssingNo are both London based artists who have paved an amazing platform for Korean girl group WA$$UP’s to storm into our lives. I enjoy K-pop as a standalone thing anyway, but when it’s entwined into a track like this that’s almost “gritty” in an electronic pop crossover way, it sounds so excellent.
I’m a little muddled about Etham’s back story but the bottom line is that ‘Cold Love’ is the first song to be taken from a new project courtesy of the London based artiste. ‘Cold Love’ is probably one of the most mature tracks I’ve heard this week - and I don’t really know what that means, but mature feels like a good word to use to describe this song. Etham’s vocals are excellent and there’s a perfect balance of guitar solo that doesn’t make the song feel self-indulgent at all.
September playlists so far: YouTube / Spotify / Deezer