It’s New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs out. Here are the highlights of the day’s new tracks.
See the New Music section for full selection of tracks and albums featured this week.
Ghost Culture, Falle Nioke
English electronic producer James Greenwood aka Ghost Culture has teamed up with the Guinea Conakry, West African singer and percussionistFalle Nioke for an EP called Badiare, out November 5th on PRAH Recordings.
‘Ayekouma’ which means “talk” in the Malenki language is a light-spinning dancefloor track anchored by Nioke’s vocals.
“I wrote this song to express my feelings about destiny. That in this life not everyone is going to like you. Some will, some won’t, but we shouldn’t worry about that as we are all here to live our life. We have a destiny that no man can change. We must all follow our different paths as we all have a reason for being.”
It’s true, Overmono are my favourite new electronic act of the last year.
“For the past 4 years our studio has been in an old magazine printing building. after moving in we ripped up the carpets to expose this amazing wooden flooring and thought to ourselves – ‘why the fuck would anyone cover this up?’ – turns out ink from the old print presses that used to be there still comes up through the floor and makes these grimy swirling patterns that slowly shift over weeks and months.
Earlier this year we found out the building was being sold for re-development. We had two weeks to get out. Packing down the studio was left till the very last night and we spent the rest of the time making one last tune there. The chords in “Bby” are those ink stains. Woozy and morphing, feeling like they might swallow you up.”
While not as divisive as ‘Chaise Longue’, Wet Leg’s ‘Wet Dream’ is brimming with humorous indie-rock and the lines like “baby would you like to come home with me? / i’ve got Buffalo 66 on DVD?” Short, sharp and not overthought.
Wiki, Earl Sweatshirt
All I Need
Wiki dropped a new album today called Half God and a team up with Earl Sweatshirt was the first track I wanted to hear this morning.
Northern Irish producer Brién has released a gentle jam and has highlighting his fine singing voice in the process, as previously heard on ‘Sundried’. “IDKWhy’ is from Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section label compilation Shouts 2021.
The Beachland Ballroom
IDLES are wasting no time in releasing a new album, with fourth album Crawler due on November 12th, and surprise, ‘The Beachland Ballroom’ is the rock band’s take on a soul song. A new vibe for them, named after the venue of the same name.
“It’s the most important song on the album, really. There’s so many bands that go through the small rooms and dream of making it into the big rooms. Being able to write a soul tune like this made me go, fuck — we’re at a place where we’re actually allowed to go to these big rooms and be creative and not just go through the motions and really appreciate what we’ve got. The song is sort of an allegory of feeling lost and getting through it. It’s one that I really love singing.”
We’ve been keeping an ear out for the 18-year-old Northern Ireland guitar pop artist Lauren Ann, who recently signed with label Faction Records the same day she left school.
‘Lucy’ is a song about a classic song topic – a love triangle between friends.
Catch Lauren Ann at Ireland Music Week next week.
I wanted the video for ‘daze’ to be an intimate passage of time that encapsulated the last 5 years for Fears (creating the album Oíche). Inspired by the genre of folk-horror, I tried to portray the narrative of a darkened body-landscape and Fears’s lack of aversion to her vulnerability. It was important to capture a rawness or the realities that can be veiled by finishing such a powerful first album.
I worked alongside the inspiring artist Carmen Quigley for the video’s illustrations. Each intricate drawing is Quigley’s response to the videos that already existed for the album. The shots with the drawings are a pinnacle moment of self-reflexivity that reiterates that of the album.”
Catch Fears live at Pepper Canister Church, Dublin on November 12th.