Friday, August 12, 2016
August 12 2016 - Hot Top Ten
TRACK OF THE WEEK
SNEAKS - TRUE KILLER
At just 1:22, Washington DC-based Eva Moolchan's - aka Sneaks - drone hypnotics and Jehnny Beth-like entrancing vocals over a post-punk, minimalist drum 'n' bass beat, will certainly not bore you. And there's more to come as this appears on her 'Gymnastics' EP which was first released last year but is now seeing a re-release through Merge Records on September 9. An album is set for early 2017.
SEEING HANDS - I KNEW YOU
Sweet dreamy vibes and jangly guitars from Newcastle's dreampoppers with their shoegaze-vibed debut single channelling The War On Drugs, released last week. Catch live tonight (August 12) at Think Tank?, Newcastle.
FIGHTMILK - JESSE
Track from London quartet's 'The Curse of Fightmilk' debut EP released last month. There's a inkling of Spector's Wall of Sound at the start, before Lily Rae's seductive vocals break in, followed by a raft of chord changes that keep this on the radar. Catch live on August 20 at Hackney's Paper Dress Vintage, London.
PLUSH - SHEER POWER
Exponents of what they term 'sob rock', San Francisco four-piece follow debut LP 'Pine' with EP 'Please', out via Father/Daughter Records. Lush sonics and reverberating guitars merge with Karli Helm's ethereal vocal. Catch live tonight at The Runny Yolk, Washington, DC and tomorrow (August 13) at Elvis Guesthouse, New York.
MOSES - NEW DAY DAWNING
Gloriously trippy new track released last week (as a 7" single, with 'Life Finds A Way') from the Wellington, New Zealand sextet (guitarist Teyler Hayes originally from Peterborough in the UK) we introduced here last November. Three minutes of woozy psych-pop vibes.
ALTAR FLOWERS - IT'S ONLY LOVE
New single from Manchester's goth pop outfit (previously known as LVLS - Loveless) , digitally released on September 5. Taken from their album 'I.D.S.T' released earlier this year, the catchy beat, shimmering guitars and crashing percussion work well with dark intoned vocals Catch live on August 14 at the Summer Pop Up Festival in Sale, Greater Manchester.
WHITE SEA - YESTERDAY
The latest single from LA songstress Morgan Kibby - and fourth from her interactive art project 'Postcards From Nowhere' - wafts her deliciously breathy vocals over an uptempo electro beat.
ANDREW SAMUEL - SITTING HERE WITH NOTHING OWING
It's hard not to think of Leonard Cohen listening to this intelligently crafted single cut from the Sydney alt-folk singer-singwriter (and actor, under his real name Andrew Hearle) upcoming EP 'Hissing Bitterness', released on August 18. The follow-up to his 'Mediocre' debut single from the start of the year, this is definitely an artist to take note of.
TOY - FAST SILVER
Sounding like another band entirely from the one who made their debut with 'Left Myself Behind' back in 2011, this is a first shot from the London psych outfit's forthcoming third album 'Clear Shot', out on October 28 via Heavenly Records. Moodily atmospheric, punctuated by winding guitars and Tom Dougall's deep and brooding post-punk vocal - and not a motorik drone to be heard.
ZUZU - GET OFF
London-based Liverpudlian Zuzu Stranack started to get ears wagging late last year with her first offering, the Courtney Barnett sounding 'Where'd You Go?'. Now unveiled is her 'official debut single', released this week through Hand In Hive. Catchy, grungy-edged, enlivened with choppy guitars and wry lyrics: "I don't know why I ever let you in / I guess I'll have to / take this on the chin."