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 email@example.com.
Saya Grace ‘SAVING GRACE’
Driven by electronic staccato and reflective lyricism ‘SAVING GRACE‘ is the second release from Dirty Hit artist Saya Grace’s forthcoming debut project, 19 MASTERS. It’s a refreshingly unique sound, propelled by a contemplative artist intent on individualism. There are hints of Nilufer Yanya-esque shoegazing combined with a darke, more synth heavy bass. Certainly one for any of you excited by the more experimental side of pop.
Manta ‘Me, Myself and I’
The title track of debut EP Confined Spaces, Manta’s ‘Me, Myself and I’ is a sunny and nostalgic strummed track, sure to get you in the mood for the upcoming sunny period. It’s a delicious slice of feel-good bedroom pop born of the lofi production world and quick to make you smile.
Speaking on Confined Spaces Manta says, “Confined spaces I think sums up the EP perfectly because everything at the time just felt so ‘confined’. Mentally stuck in a head space, worried and overthinking everything, then physically being in a lockdown spending days on end alone unable to see family and friends. Each song on the EP means a lot to me and helped me through different emotions I was going through, so I feel like it’s a perfect project that sums up lockdown for me.”
The Moral High Ground ‘Take the Cash’
I can’t quite put my finger on what I find so endearing about this track but give the music video and let me know what you think! Formed in 2018 by bandleader/songwriter Danny Smartt (Honey Lung, Qlowsku, Alien Tango)- this North East London quintet are an exciting and whacky prospect who seem to combine the traditional indie-rock setup with crunchy dissonance and punchy guitar riffs. I’m certainly a fan of what I have heard so far!
Saint Kochi ‘Almost Lost’
For anyone who enjoys a cross-genre track, Saint Kochi really delivers with this string led gem. ‘Almost Lost’ is a dreamy, harmonically luscious track produced in collaboration with Dom Ganderton of Superfood– whose influence can definitely be heard via the psychedelic elements of the melodies.
The symphonic setting is juxtaposed against a grounded thematic idyll – as Saint Kochi explains: “I wanted to make a song that was drenched in melodic hooks and felt like it was written with different movements in mind, almost in the way classical pieces of music are structured. Lyrically I guess it’s a bit of a dreamy narrative about time spent sitting in an English garden….”
Rachel Hill ‘Ice Cubes’
Finally, a shoutout to friend of AM Rachel Hill, a wonderful artist who has recently released her debut music video for the track ‘Ice Cubes’. A talented lyricist and gorgeous singer, Rachel’s sound is a stand out for fans of folk and acoustic music so be sure to give her a listen this week!
For more new music recommendations check out co-founder Hermione’s monthly playlist picks below!
Words by Hermione Kellow
Image © Apocalypse Music