Sorting through the week’s new singles and songs that have surfaced online over the last seven days, Jamie Skey (@jamie_skey) presents five songs you need to hear this week…
Taken from their new album XI, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead’s A Million Random Digits finds the art rockers return to joyously noisy form, the band as corrosive but melodic as ever.
Brixton-based beat herder Oli Le Maire follows in the rain-streaked footsteps of urban visionaries Massive Attack, The Bug and Burial on his latest cut Triumph 101, a dread-soaked, bottom-less slice of mind-boggling drumstep.
Manchester-based prog-rockers Amplifier are well regarded for their Pink Floyd-style excursions into inner and outer space, with track lengths often exceed seven minutes. They reign in a bit on latest single The Meaning Of If, a three minute, groove-laden glance back to 90s grunge, a la Soundgarden.
Latest Jagjaguawar signings Viet Cong don’t hold back on their lead out track Continental Shelf, a song every bit as fiery, surging and unstable as the name suggests. Taking their lead from Pixies’ once alienated blasts of subterranean fury, the band are fellow travellers with Frank Black and co as far as rage and melodicism go.
The term “progressive violin” is most likely to plant colourful – and possibly worrying – images in your head of eccentric fiddle player and Aston Villa supporter Nigel Kennedy at his crusty peak. Yet don’t let that put you off enchanting and wild violin maestro Anna Phoebe, whose latest single Mostar is a stunning lightning bolt of rock-edged world music.