THE new music just doesn’t stop rolling in with another batch of fantastic releases out this week. We’ve got the debut album from The Vegan Leather aswell as new offerings from Lucia & the Best Boys, Wuh Oh, Fauves and more in this week’s New Music Radar.
LUCIA & the Best Boys ‘Good Girls Do Bad Things’
After giving us a sneak preview of their new material at that riotous gig in McChuills at Tenement Trail two weeks go, the newly renamed Lucia & the Best Boys have finally unveiled their new single ‘Good Girls Gone Bad’ in all its fully-fledged glory. Recorded in LA with none other than Carlos De La Garza (Wolf Alice, Best Coast, Paramore), the scale of the band’s stadium-sized ambition is clear for all to see on this 80s synth-fused banger. And while the big hooks and grungy edginess are still there, the track also marks a sonic shift that sees them dive headfirst into their 80s influences such as Madonna, The Human League, New Order and more.
With Lucia’s distinctive vocals brought to the forefront more than ever, she lays down her combative message against driving rhythms, chugging basslines and synths. Staking her claim as a frontwoman we can all believe in, this is dark-edged, glossy pop that grabs you with intent. She said: “Good girls do bad things is a song written for any women who feels like they have ever been undermined, or made to feel worthless and weak by a man.
The Vegan Leather ‘Poor Girls / Broken Boys’
Brimming with ambition and unassailable drive, ‘Poor Girls/Broken Boys’ is a thrilling statement of intent from one of Scotland’s brightest prospects. The Vegan Leather’s debut is as much a heady dose of escapism as it is a reflection on the tumultuous times we live in. With themes of social anxiety and female struggle at the heart of many songs, the band explore a number of dualities; light and dark, love and lies, anxiety and euphoria, pitching their dark, often introspective lyrical themes against a swirl of vibrant, upbeat art-pop. Recorded with Paul Savage at the revered Chem19 Studios in Blantyre (The Twilight Sad, Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand), it’s a case of music and words working seamlessly together with the producer giving their playful and poppy arrangements a revitalised energy, all while retaining the relentless infectiousness that brought them onto our radar in the first place. Check out our full review here.
Fauves ‘Floating Still’
Over the years, Fauves have always displayed a meticulous approach to their craft that is testament to their relentless hard work and unbridled creativity. Re-emerging from a prolonged time in the studio spent honing in on their tunes and exploring exciting new avenues, the band are back with the smooth and enticing ‘Floating Still’. Described as “a true labour of love”, fans will be pleased to know that all of their hard work has paid off on this complex yet wonderfully crafted tune. Known for their smooth blend of funk, soul and indie, ‘Floating Still’ sees the band pull off one of their biggest pop choruses to date while dipping in and out of their psychedelic influences with some well-placed dreamy guitar work. Swathed in a glow of synths, they manage to pull a lot off in the space of three and a half minutes but through all the harmonic complexity, it retains that all-important Fauves vibe that they have made distinctively their own.
Wuh Oh ‘Ziggy’
After blowing us away with his comeback track ‘Pretty Boy’, a track that went onto be remixed by none other than Hudson Mohawke just two weeks ago, Wuh Oh is already back at it with the release of the mind-melting ‘Ziggy’. If the last track marked the beginning of an exciting new era for the artist, then this latest instalment has confirmed all our suspicions that Wuh Oh has returned an artist reborn. Conceived after he had a dream about a “super heavy club tune”, it’s another short but wildly creative number that displays his love for the feel of music aswell as the physical technicality of it. Highly modern and off-kilter in every sense of the word, there’s a hyperactive clash of styles as he brings together wonky melodies and a lot of jubilant energy in a weird and wonderful mash of electro-synth sounds and glitchy hip-hop influences.
The Roly Mo ‘I’ll Be Happy When You Die’
The second single to be released on Glasgow’s brand new imprint 7 West Music is ‘I’ll Be Happy When You Die’ by The Roly Mo. Teaming up with the same prolific team that brought you The Dunts, Spyres, Pleasure Heads and more, this young Glasgow band have already gained a strong foothold in the city’s ever-growing punk scene with a string of well-received singles and shows. And after giving their burgeoning reputation a well-deserved boost at Tenement Trail just two weeks ago, the four-piece have just been selected as Radio 1’s Jack Saunders ‘Next Wave’ with the release of this latest track. Exploring the racing thoughts of a tumultuous mind, it’s another rampaging slice of indie-rock to add to their increasingly impressive repertoire – one that matches its fearsome title with early Arctic Monkeys-esque riffs, a tight rhythm section and a rapturous guitar solo.
Fresh off the back at their captivating set at Tenement Trail two weeks ago, Quiche have added the stunning ‘Silhouette’ to their increasingly impressive repertoire. Nothing quite like we’ve heard from the band before, the band display their versatility with this beautifully crafted number – one that opens with stripped-back angelic vocal harmonies before building up to a cathartic release of electrifying guitars and soaring vocals. Steeped in romance and allure, it finds the band pushing the parameters of their psychedelic pop-rock sound in enthralling fashion.
Easy Life ‘Nice Guys’
Debuted as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ last night, ‘Nice Guy’ recalls the jazz-infused funk of Anderson Paak with its flourishes of brass and loose-limbed rhythms. Known for picking apart the indie template and refashioning it in their own unique, genre-busting style, their latest hazy hip-hop inspired number displays their innate musicality in abundance, taking cues from the West Coast and effortlessly shifting between laid-back grooves deliriously infectious melodies and celebratory horn sections. Brimming with optimism and woozy feel-good vibes, it’s another vibrant and creatively instinctive insight to the unique sonic world Easy Life have formed.
Courtney Barnett ‘Keep On’
Courtney Barnett has shared a charming cover of ‘Keep On’ by her former touring partners Loose Tooth. The track was recorded as part of a new Milk! compilation in which artists from the Melbourne-based label, founded by Barnett and Jen Cloher, have covered each other’s songs. Vastly different from its original, the gleaming twee post-punk number has been transformed into something more raw, scrappy and grooving with its chugging rhythms and laconic vocals. So distinctive is her style, it almost sounds like it has come straight out of the Courtney Barnett songbook.
The Orielles ‘Come Down On Jupiter’
The Orielles returned this week with news of their brand new album ‘Disco Volador’, slated for release next February. Lead single ‘Come Down On Jupiter’ is an explosion of technicolor, a curious and eclectic appetiser. Effortlessly shifting from one musical phase to another, it opens in rather mysterious fashion as Esme Dee Hand-Halford’s alluring vocal sweeps over a rather understated, jazz infused shuffle. They then jump headfirst into a burst of blissful guitar-pop before things take another unexpected turn, straight into cosmic territory with warped and off-kilter disco indie vibes. With its grooving bassline and effervescent chorus, it’s an exuberant return that finishes with a head-spinning jam in the vein of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
Sorry ‘Right Round the Clock’
Along with news of their debut album, the band have unveiled ‘Right Round the Clock’. It’s another glisteningly dark number to add to their repertoire, one that fits in nicely with the kind of glossy, grungy and abrasive material we’ve come to love from the band. Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Brien exchange lyrical barbs in typically sardonic fashion over an off-kilter instrumentation. Stumbling through a dark and compelling character study, there’s piano, brass, electronics and guitar all thrown in the mix aswell as a play on ‘Mad World’ by Tears for Fears.