THIS week’s rundown of new music features a strong contingent of Tenement Trail acts aswell as brand new offerings from The Twilight Sad. Check them out below.
Baby Strange ‘Bad Man In Prague’
While recent singles have shown signs that Baby Strange have been willing to prod the boundaries of the anthemic punk template that informed their debut album ‘Want It Need It’, it’s safe to say that they have thrown all expectations out the window on this new offering. Teaming up with the proprietor of one of Glasgow’s most popular watering holes, it is friend and collaborator John Jokey who takes the reins on ‘Bad Man in Prague’, delivering a stream of consciousness narrative in spoken word over a swaggering guitar-driven instrumental and warm glow of keys. With more of a new wave vibe than anything we’ve heard from the trio before, it’s like hearing the worlds of Baxter Dury and Fat White Family collide in the space of two intense minutes.
NEW MUSIC.WE GIVE YOU 'BAD MAN IN PRAGUE'. THANKS TO JOKEY FOR THE COLAB. TENEMENT TRAIL IS NEXT ON SATURDAY. WE HEADLINE BAAD AT 10:45PM.
Posted by BABY STRANGE on Thursday, 10 October 2019
BETA WAVES ‘Ad Lib’
Ahead of their Tenement Trail set tomorrow at BAaD, Dundee duo BETA WAVES have gifted fans with a brand new track that takes their multi-faceted sound to new heights of transcendence. Carefully crafted yet loose-limbed and unconstrained in its approach, ‘Ad Lib’ is one of the duo’s more introspective offerings. Anchored by a steady drumbeat yet drenched in meandering psychedelia, vibrant guitar lines meet a warm glow of synths and a soulful vocal to create wholly spellbinding sonic journey that envelops the listener.
Lazy Day ‘Real Feel’
Another Tenement Trail act to release new music this week, Lazy Day shared ‘Real Feel’ a few days ago. It’s the first piece of new music we’ve heard from the band since their ‘Letters’ EP back in March and it finds them taking another big step forward with beefed up guitars and a fresh immediacy to their songwriting. Led by the powerful vocals of Tilly Scantlebury, the singer is tender and raw in equal measure, displaying lots of dynamics in her voice over chugging rhythms and heartfelt lyrics. It’s an expressive return from the outfit that digs deep but ultimately finds optimism in moving forwards.
Chappaqua Wrestling ‘Is She Happy Turning On Her Side?’
Chappaqua Wrestling, otherwise known as Jake Mac and Charlie Woods, deal in nostalgia-tinged indie pop that is tantalising to the senses. Their latest offering sees them hone their melodic smooth sound with bubble gum vocal hooks, lush harmonies and exotic guitar flourishes, creating a dreamy, blissful concoction that drifts delicately into the mind. With a laid-back, effortless west coast groove, there’s hues of Americana which give the track a rich warmth as they continue to refine their breezy retro sound.
EUT ‘It’s Love (But It’s Not Mine)
Amsterdam’s EUT have shared their first single since they put out their debut album last year. Known for their infectious and deliriously upbeat brand of indie-pop, their latest track follows in the same vein with its fizzing guitars, scrappy energy and upbeat vocals. Less cheerful is the subject matter though as an outsider watches a relationship from afar and becomes jealous of it. A band who embrace their idiosyncrasies over the course of giddy garage rock, danceable beats and irrepressibly fun tunes, their live show is equally captivating and frenetic and they are sure to leave Glasgow with a lot more fans when they headline Barrowlands 2 at Tenement Trail.
The Twilight Sad ‘Rats’
It hasn’t even been a year since The Twilight Sad unveiled their fifth album ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ to widespread critical acclaim and they have already returned with two brand new tracks. Recorded at the same time as the record, the band opted not to include them at the time as they were deemed too heavy musically and lyrically not in line with the rest of the project. ‘Rats’, be one of the band’s first demos at the time, is said to have paved the way for developing the sound and direction of the album. With an aim of capturing the chaotic live sound, it is laden with feedback and a swirl of synths as James Graham explores the challenges of communicating difficult emotions.