22 June 2016

LADYHAWKE - "A LOVE SONG" (POP, NEW ZEALAND)


Pip Brown, the matriarchal eighties grunge-pop powerhouse whose moniker of Ladyhawke is synonymous with female-led tenacious indie meets gnarly pop of the late noughties, is finally back after a four year hiatus. The solo artist from New Zealand who flits between London, Auckland and L.A. has gifted us a surprisingly sweetened pop morsel for her latest single.

"A Love Song" is an affirmative nod towards succulent pop tendencies that perhaps we caught a glimmer of in previous tracks such as "Paris Is Burning" or "Dusk Till Dawn" but which never flourished courtesy of musical trends at the time. Now, however, we see Ladyhawke take a brazen step into the realms of breezy eighties pop as globulous nodules of synths dance frantically between hollowed beats and camp sound manipulations. Brown's fleshy vocals carry an irreverence that appeals to many, lofty in places whilst femininely ushered in others amid twirling digitalised sounds; the lyrics are blissfully simplistic and echo toward Sky Ferriera meets Florrie methodologies whilst nuzzling dutifully to Ladyhawke's rich past excursions. "A Love Song" is a breezy and playful pop banger.

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SODY AND MARTIN LUKE BROWN - "WASTED YOUTH" (POP, UK)


We first blogged about London based singer/songwriter Sophie Dyson, who goes by the name of Sody last month after catching our attention with the mightily impressive "Sorry", a track that she mustered her collaborative efforts together alongside Parlophone's Martin Luke Brown. The enigmatic partnership have teamed up once more and it is a beauty to say the least.

Not too surprisingly the fervent adolescence and pugnacious nature that exudes from the young musicians is transcribed in brilliant detail within the core foundations of "Wasted Youth". You can tell this is a track with depth and relatable meaning coming from both creators that steps toward the listener with resilience. Staccato beats and vacillating reverb notions are spectacularly punctuated by the pair's zesty vocal delivery and razor sharp lyrics; dualised harmonies are undertaken with guile and shouted across the digital soundboard with heated kineticism. "Wasted Youth" is a stimulating take on a pop ballad but with a contemporary twist that demonstrates the deft hands of Sody and Martin Luke Brown as musicians to watch out for in the very near future.

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TALES OF MURDER AND DUST - "BLACK REFLECTIONS" (SHOE-GAZE / ROCK, DENMARK)


You can tell upon hearing Tales Of Murder And Dust that they have honed their musical craft to a very fine art indeed and that comes as no surprise when you learn that they have almost a decade in the music business under their belts. The four piece from Aarhus, Denmark recently caught our attention thanks in part to their vortex strewn psychedelia.

Doing away with any vaingloriousness or unnecessary musical fodder, the Danish ensemble have created a particularly wondrous effort in the form of "Black Reflections". On the face of it there is a sense of aural monotony, but delve deeper and what you actually find, or what you are rewarded with we should say is a mesmeric continuum of satinised echoes and drum beat frisson; a convergence of shoegaze bedazzlement and retrospective psychedelia from decades past that pierces your eardrums with overwhelming effect. Metallic reverb and droning vocal distortions add to the rich effervescent mix and give way to another tangible layering of sound that makes "Black Reflections" so unique in its own dynamic Scandi-rock way.

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MIDNIGHT TO MONACO - "ONE IN A MILLION" (POP, USA)


Donnie Sloan is the mastermind behind works by Empire Of The Sun and Sneaky Sound System. Now the Australian has chosen to really flex his production muscle by collaborating with Canadian Ricky Ducati via Sydney based label Future Classic. Seamlessly evolving, the blueprints of Sloan's musical interpretations remain intact but now come with an added finesse.

It may be several months old but "One In A Million" remains refreshing and contemporary in its entirety as gleaming eighties sugar-pop couples up neatly to modernised digitalism, or as the L.A. based duo define it, 'nu-wop'. With this in mind their latest record salivates across a coppery wave of echoed trivialities and zeon hued synths. Sharpened beats and audio friz bubble along at a decent pace, keeping attention firmly on Sloan's adroit disco-tipped mannerisms. "One In A Million" remains delightfully content to quaffle candied beats and strobing eighties vocoders with ravenous hunger as choruses ebb and flow and lyrics dictate the underlying agenda, giving compositional strength to such a pop masterpiece.

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