Here are our top picks from new releases in the past week, selected by indie-rock-god (not actually, but fangirl none the less), Taylor Yates. This Tunesday it’s all over the shop, so enjoy the likes of Swim Season, Mia Dyson, Lupa J, Cub Sport and Mid Ayr.
‘Soldiers’ – Swim Season.
The way this song starts might lead you into thinking it’s a poppy tune, but when the rocky vocals and guitars kick in, you’ll realise this isn’t just a pop song. It’s got an excellent way of genre-bending, borrowing elements from electro, rock and pop all in one big 3 minutes and 28 seconds track. I’ll admit, this is a lot poppier than what I’d usually go for, (although, I will admit, I was caught tweeting about Justin Beiber this past week), but I just can’t turn away from these vocals – they’re just so full and whole, but not so much that they overpower the track.
‘Tearing Up The Lawn’ – Mia Dyson.
The indie-rock guitars in this one had me absolutely hooked. I love anything with a good jangley guitar/boppy drum combo, and this one fits the bill perfectly. Dyson’s voice sounds androgynous and gravelly, just like we’re used to, and this song gives a cheeky wink to her track Idyllwild – but not so much that it sounds identical. It’s got a much rockier vibe to it, and I really dig that from Dyson.
‘Dirty Skin’ – Lupa J.
If you listen to the lyrics of this tune, you might be a little freaked out, (“And though you saw me standing there, with painted cheeks and a blood red stare. And though you watched me fall to wreck, your grubby fingers round my neck”), the guarded nature of this track holds Lupa J’s feelings back just enough for it to not sound menacing, (kind of like how Purity Ring did that Frineshrine song), with the highness of her voice with even higher angelic sounding backing vocals, cascading through the background of this mix. They’re so quiet they almost could sound like whispers, but they add that element of delicateness to this track it needed – Lupa J absolutely nailed this one, if you ask me.
‘Only Friend’ – Cub Sport.
Deep synths open this one, sounding vaguely like a video game, before layered vocals take over the main stage. There’s something about this track that makes it sound ghostly, even when the drums kick in around 1/3 of the way through and it fills out – no matter how heavy the surrounding instruments get, the vocals remain somewhat hushed, and that’s my favourite thing about this tune.
‘Letting You In’ – Mid Ayr.
Because there always needs to be a lighter one. ‘Letting You In’ is the kinda song where if your speaker volume is too low, you’ll miss it entirely. The vocals are quiet, the guitars are quiet at first – everything about this track is quiet. But it provides this intimacy to the track – and even when it gets heavier around 1/4 of the way in, you still get that acoustic-gig-with-ten-people-in-the-room feel from it.