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Today is New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs in the world.
Here are the 10 single best songs released today I loved.
See the New Music section for all the of tracks and albums featured this week.
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I Was Neon
We really can’t wait for a new album from Australian song bopper Julia Jacklin, as she’s one of our favourite songwriters around these parts.
Pre Pleasure is the new album, out on August 26th via Transgressive Records, and the effervescent ‘I Was Neon’ follows on from ‘Lydia Wears A Cross’.
“I first wrote ‘I was neon’ for a band called rattlesnack, a short-lived much loved 2019 side project that I played drums in. I rewrote it for my album in Montreal, during a time when I was desperately longing for a version of myself that I feared was gone forever. I was thinking of this song when I made the album cover, this song is the album cover really.”Julia Jacklin.
FKA Twigs follows up her January mixtape Caprisongs with ‘Killer’, a relatively-straightforward ’80s-leaning big drum drop song.
“It’s dangerous to be a woman in love”—when at its worst the effects of heart break can define one’s trajectory much more than the beauty of the love itself, in my song “Killer” I explore this concept. The navigation, the hunt and the kill. The death of promises, dreams and the future that was once promised. But like the wildest plucked roses, I find myself more beautiful delicately wilted, in shadow, forced solace, darkened at the edges and achingly thirsting to be tended to again.FKA Twigs.
Twigs wrote the song with Jimmy Napes, Amanda Ghost, and Jonny Coffer, and it was produced by FKA twigs and Jonny Coffer and has additional production by El Guincho
From the Belfast band’s album out today entitled Living Isn’t Easy on First Taste Records, ‘Chromo Sud’ is a nine-minute track that is chiefly concerned with the Irish housing crisis.
“Shit house / shit flat / got keys / got out.”
Don’t Press Me
“Don’t touch my gaming mouse, you rat.”
There’s nothing new at play on ‘Don’t Press Me’, a preview track from Dry Cleaning’s forthcoming second album Stumpwork, out October 21st on 4AD.
Apart from maybe the whistling, its short two-minute running time, and the fact it’s about the pleasure of gaming, “and the enjoyment of intense and short-lived guilt-free experiences”.
“The words in the chorus came about because I was trying to write a song to sing to my own brain, ‘You are always fighting me / You are always stressing me out’.”Florence Shaw.
LA singer-songwriter and excellent guitarist Madison Cunningham impressed in a live show in Dublin in May and she’s due back again soon. ‘Hospital’ is an ultra-meldic country-tinged rock track that reminds me of early St. Vincent.
A second album Revealer is due out on September 9th.
Junglist breaks and hooks from Biig Piig are the order of the day on the new song ‘FUN’. Biig Piig now splits her time between Los Angeles and London.
‘FUN’ is about bickering with a partner, and being sick of it. ‘FUN’ is also about how you can bring out a childish part of each other when no one else really gets that part of you, the good and the bad. No one gets under your skin or pushes your buttons like the ones you love the most.”
Boiler Room’s presence at Primavera Sound this month was quite small in terms of capacity so there was no way I was spending an hour in a queue to see the London duo Two Shell (though the set is now online)
On June 30th, the duo will release the Icons EP, which they say “was designed in the nightclub but made for the airPods.”
Newest song ‘Dust’ certainly is aware of club dynamics while not sacrificing sound design appeal.
They also have the ꫀꪻꫀ᥅ꪀꪖꪶᦓꫀꫀᦔ mixtape, which you have to buy to hear.
Jordan Nocturne, Le Boom
Belfast producer Jordan Nocturne and Meath electro-pop artist Christy Leech aka Le Boom have teamed up on a new release on revered German electronic label Permanent Vacation. It’s all acid-tinged tension-filled electronica with a full acid version on the flip of the three-track release.
This Kind of Pattern
Dublin five-piece indie rock band INSIDEAWAVE’s new single ‘This Kind of Pattern’ is a tune that matches its artwork – a hazy dusky warm atmosphere – with a distant-sounding falsetto and dreamy pop vibes.
Point Of You
Ciara Lindsey AKA Kynsy just keeps knocking out the shiny indie pop jams these days. ‘Point Of You’, Lindsey says….
“…is me trying to work my way through the different sides of romance, happiness and disappointment. It’s about being stuck in the same cycle of falling in love with people who don’t or will never love you back and the feeling of tiredness that comes from attempting to have romantic relationships with people that never go your way. It’s about being love hungry for an honest and pure connection but being so fed up and dissatisfied by trying and trying that you start to ask yourself, ‘what’s the point’?”
The song is co-produced by Kynsy and Charlie Andrew (Alt J, Wolf Alice, Marika Hackman).