Ambience, build ups and soulful vocals, this week’s tracks are filled with passion, casting from electro, to art-pop and southern influenced, rock ‘n’ roll.
George Gretton – Grey / Blue
An ode to optimism and continuing to carry on despite hard times, Nottingham’s George Gretton delivers a soaring piece of folk-tinged, alt-pop on ‘Grey – Blue’. Centred around duality, ‘Grey / Blue’ pieces the lonely streets of London’s night together with the cities lonely house during the day, with Gretton fumbling inside during the day while exploring at night, revealing an alternative that will be a regularity for a good number of people. Pushing through his own mental-claustrophobia, Gretton breaks out with his blissful vocals, weaving through his optimistic lyrics, aspiring for greatness no matter how long it takes to achieve normality along the way.
Wugo – Wugomania
French producer Wugo has spent the best part of a year struggling with procrastination, doubting himself and getting lost in his own head, now emerging with ‘Wugomania’ a full culmination of Wugo’s style entirely. Sounding like Juliana Casablancas with Daft Punk or Porches’ sweeping electro-synth-pop vibes, ‘Wugomania’ is a delightful slice of bedroom electronica, playing with house, sad-pop, Dreamwave and ambient styles, creating an electronica lovers dream.
Soda Blonde – Terrible Hands
Emerging from the ending of Little Green Cars; Faye O’Rourke, Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch created the new face of Soda Blonde, keeping Dublin’s alt-pop well looked after. ‘Terrible Hands’ begins with a silky dream-pop beginning, as a clear nod to Ireland legends, The Cranberries is immediately noticeable, before Faye O’Rourke lets loose, delivering a powerful yet joyous performance, the likes of which Stevie Nicks or Sinead O’Connor would happily raise applause to.
The Castle – Juvenile
Hailing from Lviv, Ukraine, The Castle loiter around dream-pop styling with a touch of glam rock, rolling late night, hazy guitar riffs across ‘Juvenile’, also the name of their recently released EP. Performing to an empty theatre hall, ‘Juvenile”s music video raises issues on creative thinking, trying to navigate through the accelerated world of hype while achieving genuine recognition for your work, as The Castle delivers a beautiful set of sweeping riffs that feel heartbreakingly sombre.
Fiona Silver – Hot Tears
New Yorker Fiona Silver delivers a soulful and bluesy performance on her classic rock ‘n’ roll track ‘Hot Tears’. Collated parts of poetry formed the lyrical side of ‘Hot Tears’ taken from different periods of Silver’s life, capturing love, grief and frustration altogether, amassing a collage of emotional extremes. Silver’s rock ‘n’ roll style finds itself deeply rooted in that of classical southern USA, riding the eponymous vibes of Tennesse and insatiable blues music, combining the hectic style of NYC together with the charm of southern rock.