A selection of the finest new music to be pumping from our office stereo this week. Enjoy.
The new video from Hidden Charms follows a slightly distressed middle-aged man, as he is haunted by sporadic appearances from the band members – ultimately leading to a foggy, forest showdown – what’s not to love? The band’s new EP ‘Harder From Here’ is also out now, via Deltasonic Records
Bright Light Bright Light – Maniac
What a year it’s been for Rod Thomas aka Bright Light Bright Light. Aside from releasing his last album ‘Choreography’, Thomas is on the verge of releasing a sister EP ‘Cinematography’ on November 25th, which is a selection of covers of his favourite tracks from the silver screen. Bright Light Bright Light are also in the middle of a UK and European tour, playing London’s Bush Hall on Friday November 4th.
Alma – Dye My Hair
Feisty, defiant, independent. Three words which perfectly decribe 20 year old newcomer ALMA. A twin with neon green hair and a no-nonsense attitude, she is one of the most interesting electro-pop artists to emerge this year. Her debut release ‘Karma’ has attracted attention from Annie Mac who selected ALMA as one of her ‘NEW NAMES’ to watch on Radio 1 earlier this month and this week praised ALMA “Maybe your new favourite popstar”. Dye My Hair’ EP is out now.
George Ogilvie – October
George Ogilvie started writing music at the age of 18 and in just a few years he gained an impressive online presence after posting his videos, where he was first discovered by the industry insiders. George’s influences grew as he threw himself into the local music scene in Kent and spent the majority of his time seeking out music from all eras that resonated with him. We’re into it.
Avante Black – ‘Drug Money’
Avante Black’s debut single ‘Drug Money’ is not to be missed; an explosion of delicious electric synths with a melancholy, melodic vocal, it’s the perfect alt-pop track to have on repeat for the next week. The project is led by 22-year-old Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten, who, in case you needed more convincing that these guys are good, is originally from Sweden – AKA the birthplace of all the best pop music.
Lazy Day – ‘Disappear’
Londoners Lazy Day have revealed new single ‘Disappear’, which finds the quartet ramping their hazy guitar-laden dream-pop sound up a notch to something rather magnificent. “Disappear is about being let down or forgotten about,” they say, and this is cemented in the video for the track below, which sees the band imagining their own funeral. Bleak as it may seem, ‘Disappear’ somehow manages to sound all hazy and relaxed and makes us want to lie in a field of buttercups.
Marie Dahlstrøm – ‘Mine’
Marie Dahlstrøm’s upcoming EP cannot come soon enough. As-yet-untitled, the collection is already set to include the very good ‘One More Reason’, and now it’s gained another gem in the form of new single ‘Mine’. Marie’s vocals are at the forefront of this beautifully smooth and soulful cut, with a throwback R&B instrumental nestling snugly behind. Gorgeous backing harmonies collide to provide a bit of an irresistible moment when Marie continually urges “say that you’re mine”. Oh so simple, but oh so good.