As we head in to the weekend, we have out end of week round up of all the latest releases that are out now.
1. Boy Destroy shares ‘As Time Goes By’
Following the release of his electric debut single ‘Warpaint’, Swedish newcomer Boy Destroy has shared a new track and video ‘As Time Goes By’, out now via independent record label Loyalty Obsession. Stream here
‘As Time Goes By’ sees Boy Destroy embrace raw vulnerability even further. Stripping things back, his confessional vocals and brooding lyrics take centre stage, supported by poignant keys and static trap beats.
About the new track he explains “On the surface, this song is about the day after a destructive night, with someone I liked, in a bed somewhere. A film from the thirties. And tender lies in the dark. ‘As Time Goes By’ is a temporary break from a life on the run. Away from upbringing, rules, religion and drugs. To cease movement and resign to the perfection of the present moment – give of oneself and get back. To look into someone’s eyes when the car drives off the road but has not yet cracked the water surface. Total weightlessness. A safe embrace.”
2. The Anchoress shares new video for ‘Unravel’
Welsh multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies) has shared the video for new single ‘Unravel’ which is taken from her upcoming album ‘The Art of Losing’, set for release on March 5th 2021 (via Kscope). The album also features Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield.
‘Unravel’ is the second song to be unveiled and arrives alongside a striking video featuring the work of New Zealand photographer Lily Warring, inspired by David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
3. The Hu release a cover of Metallica’s ‘Sad But True’
Mongolia’s biggest rock/metal band The HU are releasing a really special cover of Metallica’s renowned anthem ‘Sad But True’
Gala from The HU says: “Metallica has been a huge influence and inspiration for us as music fans and musicians. We admire their 40 years of relentless touring and the timeless, unique music they have created. It is a great honour to show them our respect and gratitude by recording a version of ‘Sad But True’ in our language and in the style of The Hu”
The HU’s distinct style allows listeners to hear this song in a completely new way. The band added traditional Mongolian instrumentation along with their signature style of throat singing and swapped out ‘Sad But True’s English lyrics for their native language, Mongolian. The same distorted guitar melody from the original song helps drive the song forward, but the originality and musical prowess of The HU’s distinguishing sound makes this track stand out on its own.
4. Ed Cosens releases part 2 of ‘Fortunes Favour’ short film – ‘The River’
Premiering via YouTube today at 6pm, Ed Cosens unveils the music video for ‘The River’, part 2 of the short film accompanying his long-overdue debut solo album Fortunes Favour (released January 29th 2021).
A long-time lynchpin of the Sheffield music scene, best known as the guitarist and co-songwriter in Reverend & The Makers, Ed waited to make his solo debut until the time felt right. Only when his storytelling songs naturally found their own sound did he finally step from the shadows. “It’s only taken 10 years or so for me to find the confidence!” says the self-depreciating singer, who shared stages with Arctic Monkeys members Matt Helders and Alex Turner before the Makers took off.
New single ‘The River’ follows the album’s lead single ‘If’ – three mesmerising minutes of tremolo-rich, strings-soaked melody that was described by the Sunday Times Culture as a “forlorn, jingle-jangle beauty, equal parts early Beatles and Richard Hawley.”
5. Introducing TULLIAH with ‘JUST MY TYPE (A LITTLE BIT LONELY)’
Introducing 19 year old singer and songwriter, Tulliah. Hailing from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, Tulliah writes from a place of heartfelt experiences with melodies that seamlessly wash over you. Today, she has revealed her captivating new single ‘Just My Type (A Little Bit Lonely)’ – a deluge of earnest songwriting with a profound sound that catapults Tulliah well beyond her young years.
Beginning its life as a piano ballad called ‘Imagine’, the single took on numerous lives with Tulliah and producer Dean Tuza (Stella Donnelly, The Rubens) who tinkered, tampered and peeled away the song layer by layer until it found its ultimate home in its final form as the extraordinary ‘Just My Type (A Little Bit Lonely)’. “I remember the exact moment when I sat at the piano and the first verse flowed out of me. I felt like it was something special even at its earliest stage,” Tulliah reminisces.
6. ALL TIME LOW recruit DEMI LEVATO for new version of hit single ‘Monsters’
Platinum-selling quartet All Time Low have unveiled a brand new recording of their hit single ‘Monsters’ featuring multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer blackbear, with the addition of vocals from global superstar Demi Lovato. ‘Monsters’ (feat. Demi Lovato and blackbear) is available to stream and download now HERE.
“Demi’s been a friend for a long time and we’re really excited that she was down to lend her absolutely incredible voice to this song as we reimagine it and continue to celebrate all the ways it’s connecting with fans around the world,” shared All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth.
7. J.I releases new track ‘Excuse My Pain’
19-year-old rapper, J.I. is on his way up – last month he shared the first track, “Letter 2 U,” off his upcoming, highly anticipated project, Hood Life Krisis Vol 3. The hauntingly melodic track received recognition from Complex, Billboard, XXL and more. Today he’s continues to show he’s a force to be reckoned with –his latest release “Excuse My Pain” is a raw and uncompromising song on which he openly faces his cutthroat demons “I deserve to die in pain, and my heart so cold I got frostbite inside my veins.”
In the “Scarface” inspired video directed by Kid Art, the imagery displays heavy influence from the 1983 cult classic film. While sporting Tony Montana’s classic suit, the Brooklyn rapper recreates scenes from the movie while sharing his moody emotions over a hard-hitting beat.
8. The Lickerish Quartet release new single ‘Snollygoster Goon’
THE LICKERISH QUARTET — Band members of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Slash’s Snake Pit, Finn Brothers, Alice Cooper, Air & Beck – and all formerly of Jellyfish – reunite for 2nd EP with their first official UK release.
Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Tim Smith and Eric Dover are excited to announce their highly anticipated THREESOME VOL.2 EP, to be released 8th January 2021, will be their first on British indie label Lojinx. The first single, “Snollygoster Goon,” is out now.
9. FLAWES release new single ‘What’s A Boy To Do’
Flawes’ return was highlighted with fresh praise from tastemakers including Clash and Wonderland
From its acoustic guitar introduction, ‘What’s A Boy To Do’ spontaneously erupts into the kind of gloriously uplifting hook that’s quickly becoming a hallmark of Flawes’ new music. It’s a song that balances the extremes of their sound, finding the common ground between intricately produced alt-pop and the dynamic
energy of a live band. The result is representative of the trio’s ability to find positivity in tough situations. That feeling is also emphasised throughout the song’s lyrics as drummer Josh ‘Huss’ Hussey explains, “It’s about believing in yourself, going for a goal and knowing that even if you fail, you’re still proud of yourself for seeing it through.”
10. SAMUUM share super-charged new single ‘MORANAM’
With the release of their debut single ‘Maria’ garnering praise from the likes of Loud & Quiet, CLASH and London in Stereo, American-Armenian art-rap collective Samuum maintain the momentum with their super-charged new single, ‘Moranam’, out now. The track is taken from their self-titled debut album ‘SAMUUM’, out in February 2021.
Opening with a siren call and lead singer Lusine Kocharian’s hypnotic vocals, the track builds to combine Armenian female dance rhythms with elements of noise rock and fast techno beats. It’s a metaphoric way of reflecting on the crucial changes within culture happening in Middle Eastern society today. With its catchy hook played on aggressive bass, ‘Moranam’ is full of energy and anger.
11. Gavin James shares new track ‘Man On The Moon’
Gavin James has achieved phenomenal global success by simply letting his songs speak for themselves. He excels at music’s essential qualities: immediately memorable songwriting and telling engaging stories that are delivered with a voice that can seemingly effortlessly hone in on the depth of the sentiment.
Now, however, Gavin James is set to step into the spotlight with arguably his finest moment to date, his brand new track ‘Man On The Moon’. Listen HERE.
The emotionally-charged new song tells the story of the desolate loneliness of the ‘Man On The Moon’. Despite being distanced from the world at large, “everyone loved him but he never knew.” It’s a powerful metaphor for a love that goes unspoken, but also a story that reflects our current times. Families, couples and friends have spent much of the year separated from the ones that they love, and the song offers a timely reminder that distance can’t break our bonds.
12. Sea Girls release new track ‘This Is The End’
There is no stopping Sea Girls when it comes to dropping new music! Following the release of their UK Top 3 debut album only a few weeks ago, the band have written and recorded the brand new track ‘Accident Waiting To Happen’.
Sea Girls are drawing a big red line under 2020 the best way they know how. After three years and 29 releases since their debut single Call Me Out in June 2017, the band release their final track `This Is The End’ from the Open Up Your Head era – out now.
The track is accompanied by the band’s video filmed recently at London’s legendary O2 Brixton Academy on the day that they were due to play their biggest headline show there, now rescheduled for 15th October. See newly rescheduled Autumn 2021 tour dates below with support coming from Baby Queen in the UK.
13. Matt Taylor shares video for new track ‘Rush’
Following the release of his powerful and heartfelt EP ‘The Breath Within Your Chest’, rising Brighton-based pop artist Matt Taylor has today unveiled the music video for his new single ‘Rush’.
Written, produced and mastered during lockdown, new track ‘Rush’ saw the young singer-songwriter swap the studio for a Peugeot 208 to sample the percussion of this strikingly well-crafted tune. As a result, ‘Rush’ is the perfect example of Matt Taylor’s creativity and musical versatility. A cinematic track, laden with honest and infectious lyrics exploring the feeling of cutting a former lover loose from your life. In the video, Matt is dancing alone on the chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters while his world is turning upside down: an embodiment of Matt’s audacious and vibrant brand of indie pop.
Speaking about the track, the epilogue of his recent EP, Matt says, “The whole EP was about one person, so I wanted this to be the last song about them. With all production work done during lockdown, it made the song feel far more personal to me. Once the song was finished, it felt like a massive weight off my shoulders – like I could finally move on.’
14. Maggie Lindemann releases new single Loner
With a little more than a month to go before the January 22nd release of her debut EP, Paranoia, Maggie is back with her fourth and final track of 2020 in Loner. Produced by John Cunningham and Joshua Murty, Maggie wants to reach people that feel alone during the holidays. To coincide with the song’s release, Maggie has also dropped a new line of special “ugly” holiday sweaters from her Paranoia merch collection – available exclusively at shopmaggielindemann.com.
“Loner is about feeling alone even when there’s people around. It’s about coming to terms with it and being comfortable in your alone-ness and giving yourself permission to feel sad if that is how you feel. Everyone has those moments, especially this year and especially around holidays – it’s ok, you’re not alone.” said Maggie.
15. Lost Kings release new track ‘Runaway’ ft Destiny Rogers
Los Angeles based producers Lost Kings release their new track, “Runaway” ft. rising singer/songwriter Destiny Rogers via Disruptor Records/RCA Records (listen here). The track will be featured on their upcoming EP It’s Not You.
“When we started this record we were in palm springs quarantining and just working on music,” says Lost Kings. “We’ve wanted to work with Destiny Rogers for a while so when she sent the idea for “Runaway” we were stoked. She has such a distinct vibe and sound we wanted to match that with the production. We thought giving the groove of a Miami bass feel while using the guitar to highlight her voice would be a great combo and are so happy with how this record turned out.”
“‘Runaway’ is about having that special person,” says Destiny. “The one that you would literally do anything for, even if they dared you to run away, you would do it. Lost Kings really killed this track and I’m so happy to be a part of it with them! Hope you all love it!”