WE may be in the midst of festival season, but new music is continuing to come in thick and fast especially from some of Scotland’s most exciting emerging artists. Check out tracks from OK Button, Emme Woods, The Roly Mo, Declan Welsh & the Decadent West and more below.
OK Button ‘Verso’
A certified breeding ground for exciting new talent, OK Button are the latest Scottish outfit to sign to LAB Records, also home to the likes of Vistas, Vukovi, ST.MARTiiNS and The LaFontaines.
As their breakthrough year continues to gain momentum, the band have just shared a brand new single called ‘Verso’ and it’s a stunning slice of electronic pop that has left us utterly mesmerised once again. Amber Wilson’s distinctively crystalline vocal is enough to send you to tears; so icy cool yet simultaneously fraught with emotion in its deeply poignant lyrics as she evokes a sense of love, loss and heartbreak. The electronic backdrop is every bit as compelling; carefully shifting between stirring cinematic strings and wonky synth sections as they continue to push their sonic boundaries in intriguing ways.
Biffy Clyro ‘The Modern Leper – from Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’
This week, Frightened Rabbit announced details of a special covers version of their seminal second album ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ which will be released in celebration of its tenth anniversary. Featuring a selection of their closest musical friends such as Biffy Clyro, The Twilight Sad, Lauren Mayberry, Julian Baker and more, the band revealed that Scott Hutchison played a vital role in bringing the album together before his tragic and untimely passing last year. Biffy Clyro’s cover of the album’s opening track was revealed this year and it is an entirely different beast compared to its original.
The Roly Mo ‘Cuttin’ About’
After bursting out the blocks with their strident debut single ‘Fooled By You’, Glasgow band The Roly Mo are back with another impressive offering called ‘Cuttin’ About’ .
Driven by a devilishly infectious, popping bassline, ‘Cuttin About’ is brimming with a youthful swagger and irrepressible spirit. Tightly packed, insular verses are punctuated by an intricate rhythm section before the band let rip on the surging choruses, all heavy riffs and anthemic vocals. Speeding in at the short but sweet two minute mark, it’s an effective dynamic that works well for the relatively new outfit as they look to stamp their name on the local scene.
Declan Welsh & the Decadent West ‘No Fun’
Premiered on Radio 1 this week by new music aficionado Jack Saunders, Declan Welsh & the Decadent West have unveiled a blistering new track called ‘No Fun’.
Over an onslaught of searing guitar lines and furiously paced rhythms, the frontman rails against the moronic, self-absorbed characters you meet on nights out that you just can’t wait to get away from. Delivered in typically scathing yet lyrically astute fashion, ‘No Fun’ is a damning, almost comical character assassination; one that exposes such characters for their banal chat, music taste and penchant for bucket hats and buckfast in cups. ‘You’re no fun at a party’ Welsh proclaims on the track’s fierce chorus. Dark, relentless and perhaps their heaviest cut to date, ‘No Fun’ sees the quartet continue to develop their sound in exciting ways, with bite and an added edge.
Emme Woods ‘it’s ma party’
Known for a soulful approach to songwriting, Emme Woods has enjoyed huge adulation for her sixties-influenced swaggering sound, and her latest track ‘it’s ma party’ is no exception. Boasting fuzzy, swooning guitars, this track remains raw and in-your-face, despite the cinematic and somewhat soothing elements that flow over the top of the harsh undertones. As the song continues, the sound develops and layers further and further into a crescendo of cinematic excellence, with thunderous percussion providing the perfect compliment to swooning, raspy vocals and soul-fuelled songwriting.
In typical strutting and swaggering fashion, the lyrics of the enthralling chorus – “It’s my party, you’re not invited” – is testament to her strong, independent attitude and the ferocious, witty songwriting that has underpinned her strong, soulful sound. The song has been paired with a stunning new video which we were delighted to premiere earlier this week.
Oscar Lang ‘Hey’
One of the first names unveiled to play the newly relocated Tenement Trail this year, Oscar Lang revealed last week that he has signed to Dirty Hit and dropped a new six-track EP in the process. Featuring contributions from Alfie Templeton and Johnny Utah, the self-produced release is a nuanced collection of relatable indie-pop that captures the effervescence of summer and adolescence in one fell swoop. Check out ‘Hey’ featuring Alfie Templeton below.
London’s Gaygirl channel early Wolf Alice on their scuzzy new single ‘Hair’. Their first release since signing to Permanent Creeps Records, the track oscillates between noisy and delicate, cutting through an intense two and a half minutes with a barrage of grungy guitars and hauntingly enticing lead vocals.
Exploring the destructive nature of people-pleasing tendencies and the need to seek validation from others in place of self-love, the track brings the ethereal qualities of shoegaze together with the intensity of grunge, creating a captivating mix of light and dark that makes them a very intriguing prospect.
Metronomy ‘Salted Caramel Ice Cream’
Metronomy unveiled another slinky, playful number this week called ‘Salted Caramel Ice Cream’. Accompanied by a comedic video, it’s the second single from their upcoming album ‘Metronomy Forever’ and features some delectably funky rhythms and a brilliantly infectious chorus that stays with you long after your first listen. “I wanted to write a song that would get played at weddings,” says Mount.