HERE at TENEMENT TV we’re committed more than ever to bringing you the best new music from all over Scotland and further afield. This week’s New Music Radar features new offerings from Vistas, Brownbear, Perfume Genius, Go To Girl, Hayley WIlliams, Lady Bird and more.
Vistas ’15 Years’
Releasing music at a seemingly unstoppable rate, Vistas have shared the latest cut from their upcoming debut album ‘Everything Changes In The End’. It’s the kind of feel-good, upbeat indie-pop bop that we all need at the moment, driven by surging guitars, rolling drums and the band’s signature high-octane energy.
Written about the band’s journey to where they are now, frontman Prentice said: “‘15 Years’ was written at the very end of the album recording process. We were looking for a song that tied together the sentiment of the album and I think we found that in ‘15 Years’”
“In the song, I thought through the journey we took to get to the record and what could happen after it. It’s about remembering that we cut our teeth in small basement venues playing to just a few people which slowly grew. Overall, I think its a thank you to anyone who’s a fan of our band and that we’ll always remain hugely grateful to anyone who connects in anyway to our music.”
Almost two years on from the release of his debut album ‘What is Home?’, Brownbear is back with a brand new track called ‘Retro’. Known for pairing Libertines-esque pop hooks with a rootsy acoustic drive and Motown influences, ‘Retro’ marks a shift in direction for the Glasgow-based singer-songwriter towards a more soulful, jazz-inspired, appropriately ‘retro’ sound. Trading in the acoustic guitar rhythms and upbeat hooks for rolling rhythms, silky electric guitar lines and soulful harmonies, it’s a warm, loungey return that signals the beginning of an exciting new era for Matt Hickman and his band.
Perfume Genius ‘On The Floor’
With his new album ‘Set Me On Fire Immediately’ set for release on 15th May, Perfume Genius has shared ‘On The Floor’. Markedly different from its predecessor ‘Describe’, it’s an upbeat, funky number driven by feverish rhythms and an infectious chorus.
“A crush can really live on its own,” he says, “separate from you and the person you are pining for. The fantasy feels like its own world, obsession can turn the person you are longing for in to a monument that has less and less to do with them and more to do with the idea of love itself and what it can do, what it can soothe or quiet or light on fire. I wanted to show that maddening, solitary part of desire but keep the core which is a real warmth and belief that you have something crucial to share with each other.”
Go To Girl ‘Honesty’
Edinburgh four-piece Go To Girl draw inspiration from modern day indie bands as they do from eighties icons , citing the likes of Paramore, Haim, Fickle Friends, Blondie and more as influences. Their latest single ‘Honesty’ is a vibrant amalgamation of all of these artists – slick, catchy guitar lines, a Hayley Williams-esque lead vocal and danceable rhythms build up to a big chorus as the band put their own stamp on an instantly addictive sound. From heartbreak comes empowerment and the band deliver their message via a bright and infectious slice of indie-pop.
Thundercat ‘Fair Chance’
Thundercat pays homage to Mac Miller on his latest track ‘Fair Chance’. With a chorus that laments “I keep holdin’ you down/Even though, you’re not around” and a verse that admits “things will never be the same,” it’s a subdued yet heartfelt tribute which also features Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B.
Lady Bird ‘Got Lucky’
Kent trio Lady Bird transcend genre boundaries on their explosive new single ‘Got Lucky’. Taking inspiration from the likes of Stormzy, Skepta and other artists like Kid Bookie and Pengshui, the bring a ferocious rap flair to their characteristic punk stylings on the new track and pull it off with aplomb. Based around a love story of the platonic variety, listen to it below.
Hayley Williams ‘Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris’
Hayley Williams has shared the sixth track from her upcoming debut solo album Petals for Armor and it’s easily the most anticipated – purely because it sees her team up with the brilliant boygenius. Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus all sing backing vocals on the track – marking the first time they’ve got together since they finished touring off the back of their critically acclaimed 2018 EP. It’s far different from anything the trio ever produced though, fitting in nicely alongside the rest of the solo tracks we’ve heard from Williams so far. Predictably, the harmonies are gorgeous and there’s some 1990s modern-rock vibes thrown too in alongside some sweeping string sections.