AFTER last week’s embarrassment of riches, the Scottish music scene has once again come through this week with a fine array of new tracks. The perfect soundtrack for the Bank Holiday weekend, check out New Music Radar below.
The Vegan Leather ‘French Exit’
Whilst it title may be an ode to abrupt, face-saving departures with little to no fanfare, what The Vegan Leather’s ‘French Exit’ truly represents is an emphatic and sought-after return to the fray. Over a year on from their last single, the Paisley quartet are finally back and they’re wasting little time in reacquainting you with their frenetic and uniquely colourful world.
Driven forth by recurring bursts of guitar and the intersecting vocal work of Gianluca Bernacchi and Marie Collins, the track mirrors that creeping sense of unease that can set in on a night of escapism before things take a turn for the sour. Prone to saying as much with sonics as they ever do with lyrics, the bombast of the chorus and its disorienting barrage of synth and gratifying rhythms has the ability to evoke a visceral reaction in the pit of your stomach that serves as a testament to their sheer ingenuity.
A wondrously subversive track that recalls Klaxons at their most abrasive or Phoenix back in the creatively untethered days of 2000’s United, the four piece are putting their best foot forward and subtly letting audiences know that there’s so much more that’s tantalisingly waiting to be discovered just out of sight.
The Snuts ‘All Your Friends’
Premiered on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music show, ‘All Your Friends’ is a darker portrayal of youth culture and the social stigmas which surround a hedonistic lifestyle. In their own words, they want to offer a “new twist on a familiar social stigma surrounding the drug epidemic that nobody seems to want to talk about”.
A firm rejection of the notion that indie-rock has become tired and formulaic, ‘All Your Friends’ may open in restrained fashion but it doesn’t take long for the indie-rock juggernaut to explode to life with a mammoth chorus; all roaring riffs and crashing rhythms. Breathing refreshing new life into a well-trodden genre with that vitally impassioned spirit, The Snuts are at their best when they are at their most raw. Rugged, dynamic and with an underlying menace, check out ‘All Your Friends’ now.
Callum Ross ‘Forever’
Bubbling away under the surface of Glasgow’s music scene, Callum Ross has preferred to spend his formative years in the confines of the studio; honing in on his craft and developing a sound that combines the art of traditional songwriting with a very modern style of pop production.
Having already notched up support slots with the likes of Tom Walker and Moonchild, today marks the release of his debut single ‘Forever’; an enticing snapshot of his talents across three deeply engrossing minutes.
Opening with a rather minimalist and sombre piano melody, it is the singer’s vocal that immediately seizes the listener’s attention; so distinctive and emotive in its many affectations. Harnessed by a stylish and intricately layered production, it’s an alluring slice of R&B infused pop that’s very of its time; a deeply moving tale of lost love and heartbreak that’s anchored by its poignant yet subtly addictive chorus, the emotional impact of which is heightened even further by the impressive layering as the track draws to a close.
Luna the Professor ‘Dreamers’
After a hugely successful breakthrough year in 2018 which saw them sell out the legendary King Tut’s twice, Luna the Professor are back with a brand new single ‘Dreamers’. Crafting hugely infectious indie-pop songs with hooks aplenty, it’s no surprise that the ambitious outfit from Wishaw have already captured the hearts and minds of a new generation of Scottish music lovers. Looking to build on their growing momentum, ‘Dreamers’ is a track made for summer; brimming with youthful optimism and a refreshing vitality, it’s an anthem about chasing your dreams and making a change. To coincide with the launch of the single, the band will play The Attic in Glasgow tonight aswell as Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s tomorrow.
Just Mustard ‘October’
Dundalk five-piece Just Mustard have shared the second half of their double single ‘October’. A band who operate entirely on their own terms, they have already gained acclaim for their unique, genre-defying sound; a sonically visceral and foreboding iteration of shoegaze that is noisy, electronic-indebted and like a barely restrained brooding beast. Even harsher and darker than its companion track ‘Frank’, ‘October’ is another doom-laden offering; almost nightmarish in its dynamic jumps, screeching guitars and ghostly lead vocal. It’s harsh, unhinged and incredibly tense.