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…
Brighton no-wave agitator Gazelle Twin had stomaches in knots of both excitement and terror with her last release Belly Of The Beast. The second single to be taken from her forthcoming album, Unflesh, Anti-Body is equally as visceral and adrenalised, sounding like Nine Inch Nails flooded with oestrogen.
Mystery-shrouded chanteuse Frankie Forman’s career began in earnest after she came out of a four-year relationship when she was 21. “I think that was the first time I felt totally fearless and had the freedom to express myself,” she says of her personal metamorphosis. However despite gaining her songwriting spurs, Forman’s heartache continues to smoulder like the crackling embers of a deserted camp fire. On her whistling-down-the-plains debut single, Scars On Me, she sidles with a posse of Portishead, The Doors and Bob Dylan sounding like she’s got a grudge to settle.
Most rockers mellow with age, but there are those few exceptions – Swans’ Michael Gira being a case in point – yet an American noise merchant that you would have never placed a wager on softening in his old age is The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, and that’s exactly what he’s done. Gearing up to release his debut solo acoustic album This Machine Kills Artists (out 13 June), just because King Buzzo‘s sonically stripping off it doesn’t mean he’s lost any of his blood-curdling menace, as is evident on the country grind of Instrument Of God.
Benjamin Power, one half of noisegaze duo Fuck Buttons, is no stranger to soundtracking international celebrations of culture (see London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony). This summer he’ll be appearing at the East End Film Festival as Blanck Mass, where he’ll premier the pre-recorded original soundtrack of The Strange Colour Of Your Body’s Tears, a “visually dazzling blood-soaked” flick made in Belgium, France and Luxembourg.
The source of the motorik rhythm sprung in 1970s Germany, and has since split into countless spellbinding tributaries that have snaked across various continents up until the present day, creating a dazzling, worldwide psychedelia network. Chile’s Föllakzoid mine this rich seam of shamanistic hypnotism on latest single Rio, which translates as river in Spanish and surges with light-less riffs and oil-on-water synth marbling.