Welcome to our weekly roundup of some of the best new music we have been listening to over the past week. If you want to share any future recommendations with us feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauran Hibberd ‘Bleugh’
Lyrically and vibe wise this is an absolutely brilliant track, full of sass and defiance towards toxic relationships. Lauran is certainly an artist to keep an ear out for as her unique sound and aesthetic is only going to continue gaining traction and her hugely relatable voice is one of my current faves. She explains, “‘Bleugh’ is the only sound that sums up my adult reaction to my pre-naive self.. It’s about always being attracted to people who’ve nothing going on, nothing to offer you, yet it’s that hamster wheel you can’t quite jump off. You’ll probably find these people in bands called something like ‘broken cyclists’ or better yet in moody solo projects called something pretentious like ‘bora boring’. It’s my favourite track of mine, and I’ve been sitting on and incubating this girl for a while. It feels really good shouting ‘Bleugh’ btw, I recommend you try it out”.
Oscar Lang ’21st Century Hobby’
Another wonderfully solid and enjoyable track from Dirty Hit wunderkind Oscar Lang. Lang always exceeds in his ability to write perceptive and relevant lyrics, reflecting in this particular track on a period of time where we have all been on our phones more than may have been healthy! He explains that “‘21st Century Hobby’ is a tune based on the idea of society’s obsession with sharing your life online and comparing yourself to other people. There was one point where I was spending 13 hours a week on social media, which equated to about a month every year. That was a really dark time for me – I always thought that it would never affect me, but it took some time to realise that it was subconsciously affecting my mental health.”
V’Nessa ‘Trust in You’
If you are anything like me and have been going through a major Doja Cat phase, V’Nessa is a fabulous new artist to get behind. Her sound is full of slick RnB melodies and beats reminiscent of Y2K. With praise already from BBC 1 Xtra, CLOUT & LOCK she is definitely worth keeping an eye out for in the future.
With a classic indie rock sound and attitude bound to go down a treat live, Portsmouth post-punks Hallan share bristling new effort ‘Reruns’. An ode to lockdown (as I’m sure will continue to be a trend this year!), ‘Reruns’ is a great, quirky track with a flair for creating a really fresh, original sound whilst paying homage to what has come before. On the track, Hallan explain “I like to think that between the four of us, there’s not a thing we haven’t had a crack at during our “year of self betterment”. And thus over the last year we have become experts on the mundane. We know the things you’re meant to enjoy are not the pleasures they may seem, and we know for certain you’ll get more joy out of watching a watermelon being crushed by a hydraulic press at 30,000 frames per second (at 2AM), than you ever will sweating on an exercise bike. ‘Reruns’ embraces the mundane and we like to think the track is us finding our true calling as self-titled “preachers of mundanity”.
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Words by Hermione Kellow
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