Eliza Shaddad #7 - Run


Let's face it, there are a load of brand new artists that are good, far too many for a single blogger like me to keep up with, yet at the same time there are only a handful as good as Eliza Shaddad. Someone I've written about and championed here time and time again. Never, ever, do I fail to be blown away when I see her perform live or when I get to hear a new track, it happened all over again yesterday with new track "Run".

"Run" follows the aggressive "Wars" and is the title track from Eliza's forthcoming EP, it contrasts with the earlier track which was direct and punched harder than anything Eliza had released before, this time it's a slow-burner starting with smoky vocals, sombre mood and delicate electric guitars. The lyrics similarly oppose the earlier track, pleading, pushing her lover away with the self-damning words 'get as far away from me, I'm trying to warn you, get as far as you can be'. The emotion and anguish in the words and delivery builds towards this tremendous relief of energy and feeling at the end of the track and this conclusion is truly superb, full of thick, beasty guitars and surging beats. I bloody love it. Of course I do.

The Run EP is due 18th March via Beatnik, closely followed by a UK tour which includes a date at London's Sebright Arms on the 31st - full dates.

Clea #2 - Dire Consequences


It's been a little over a year since I first wrote about young Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea Pratt with the deftly soft acoustic beauty "Polyester", the twelve months since had been silent until today when Clea shared her second track, "Dire Consequences". 

It starts with similar finger-plucked softness but soon becomes so much more, with luscious, expansive instrumentation flourishes and wonderful story-telling lyrics, yet her staggering voice remains the focal point, both fragile and powerful in the same breathe, it has you longing onto every word.

Don't stay away for so long next time. 

Morly #2 - The Choir


Disjointed, sparse electronic music and me are hit and miss, often I cannot get past the lack of typical, traditional melody. If you've read this blog for any period of time you'll probably have noticed I'm generally into guitar bands and sad pop. There's something about Morly though that draws me in. Sure, there are sparse electronics that skitter and seemingly stop for no real reason but there's much more than that too and "The Choir" sums that up nicely...

The track is filled with restraint, a minimal yet choral beauty that revolve around her absolute knock-out vocal, the stark backdrop bringing out the soul and emotion in every word and even better too, there's moments during "The Choir" that remind me of These New Puritans phenomenal second LP Hidden, a labyrinth of ideas and beauty. I'll have more where that came from.

The track is available in all the usual digital places now, a second EP is due later this year.

Frances Rose - Dangerous


Frances Rose, a New York-based sister duo arrive with “Dangerous”, a track with much in common with Shura’s 80's inspired, soft and heartbreaking synth-pop. 

No MJ cover (a shame; what a track), this smooth jam is filled with infectious beats, glistening melody and sweetly serenading vocals. You can sense the upward trajectory almost instantly.

Agent blå - Frustrerad


Luxury Records are one of those labels that you always listen to new bands by, that’s how I discovered Gothenburg youngsters Agent blå just before Christmas, I catch up with them here thanks to their second track “Frustrerad”. It’s the b-side to their debut 7” Strand, released by the aforementioned label (and available via Bandcamp).

“Frustrerad”, which even the worst translators might be able to work out without the use of Google translate, is brilliant, if somewhat sharp tongued, a swarming head-rush of lusting lyrics, furious drums and jangling guitars, it’s catchy-as-hell and delivered with absolute gusto. “Strand” is less direct yet equally impressive, filled with darkness as swarming, discordant guitar chords and Emelie Alatalo ‘s imposing vocals collide. I'm left smitten.

Agent blå are simply the sort of raw, untampered discoveries that make running a music blog so often such a rewarding thing. 

September Girls #11 - Love No One


Perennial blog favourites September Girls return with the rather lovely and ominous “Love No One”, the first song we’ve been treated to from the Dublin quintet’s second LP Age Of Indignation, released on April 8th on Fortuna Pop.

It highlights more than ever before the progression of the band. When I first featured them here back in 2011 I referred to them as ‘retro, rough around the edges lo-fi fuzz pop with infectious harmonies and catchy lyrics’. Now, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Love No On” is a glorious, sweeping epic filled with dark, deep bass rhythms and haunting, spidery guitar noise that makes for a vast, paranoiac and cinematic experience that recalls The Cure for me, it’s long and multi layered and draws you in bit by bit as gorgeous harmonies and doomy atmosphere collide to delicious, dizzying effect.

A UK tour has been announced for May, I’m hoping a Great Escape show turns up as the London date coincides with it. If not, next time (full dates to be posted here).

Aisha Badru #3 - Happy Pretending


Music doesn’t have to be all bells and whistles to hit hard. “Happy Pretending”, the gorgeous new track from Aisha Badru is further proof of that, it follows from last year’s beguiling Waiting Around EP and continues Aisha’s effortless knack of creating simply crafted, honest and pure tracks with a softening intimacy that brings tingles to the listener, there’s little here other than a gentle acoustic and those  warm, pretty vocals and yet the result is as magical as you could possibly want.

An earlier Facebook posts suggests Aisha is playing some shows in London next month, that'll be good.

Rosemary Fairweather - Too Low



Rosemary Fairweather is an artist I've featured here no less than four times before as earlier incarnation Rosie June. I was informed, by Facebook no less, of her rebirth over the weekend and new track “Too Low” followed earlier today. Colour me suitably impressed.

The track lives in the half light, a soft, seductive, purposely retrained beauty that breaths around gorgeous, hushed vocals and dreamy electronics. Delicately simple and never hurried, "Too Low" sparkles as a result.