NEW INDIE MUSIC - WEEK 12
We've had a blast here in Austin, Texas, for SXSW, but we now have to kiss goodbye to the bands, booze, and breakfast tacos (oh God, the breakfast tacos *broken heart emoji...*), and send our hungover asses back to sunny Los Angeles. Don't forget to catch up on our coverage from the event on the We Are: The Guard homepage, and also head over to our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to see some of our favorite photos. Before all of that, however, it's time for your weekly dose of New Indie Music (what?! You thought that a hangover would stop us from bringing you the best songs of the last seven days?! NEVER!). With the end of SXSW signaling the start of the festival season (25 days until Coachella, baby!), get your playlists up to scratch by checking out the following tracks from Bishop Briggs, Parquet Courts, Jenaux, and more.
BISHOP BRIGGS – WHITE FLAG
Make no mistake about it: Bishop Briggs puts the “B” in BADASS! The London artist has completely blown us away with her raw energy in this gritty video for “White Flag” – an indestructible, uncompromising anthem about resilience and never giving up, no matter the circumstances, that comes headed by Bishop's powerhouse vocals.
CHLØË BLACK – GOOD TIMES
“I just wanna get high/Think about the good times/Everything hurts when I'm sober.” After seven days of straight drinking at SXSW, it's safe to say that we relate to this lyric more than we care to admit! Jokes aside, We Are: The Guard favorite Chløë Black is back with yet another serving of melancholic Hollywood glamour and it. Is. EVERYTHING! No, really – who else can make a dancehall beat sound this devastatingly, addictively sad?! Take a bow, Miss. Black!
SSION (FEAT. ARIEL PINK) – AT LEAST THE SKY IS BLUE
“Ariel Pink will be one of the best-remembered artists of this generation.” – Julian Casablancas. Okay, so – maybe he DOES come across like Timothée Chalamet's character in Lady Bird for much of the Vulture interview, but Julian's right. There's nobody on Earth creating art quite like Ariel, with the lo-fi legend making his inimitable presence felt once again on SSION's “At Least the Sky Is Blue” – an experimentalist pop opus that comes paired with a video that sees Ariel playing the ghost of the late Elizabeth Taylor.
PARQUET COURTS – WIDE AWAKE
Parquet Courts have gone funk, and we're HERE for it! Admittedly, eyebrows were raised when we found out that the New York City band were teaming up with U2 and Red Hot Chilli Peppers producer Danger Mouse on their forthcoming album Wide Awake!, but if this disco-indebted title track is anything to go by, Parquet Courts are about to drop one of We Are: The Guard's favorite LPs of 2018! “The revolution will be groovy!”
JP SAXE – THE FEW THINGS
JP Saxe winds us in by the heartstrings and doesn't let go on his latest single “The Few Things.” “You're one of the few things that I'm sure of/You're one of the few things that I know already/I could build my world of,” whispers the Toronto singer-songwriter on the exquisitely tender billet-doux – the kind that every lover dreams of receiving one day.
SASHA SLOAN – HURT
Sasha Sloan continues to keep it real on her latest single. The slow-burning follow-up to her anthem for the introverted, “Normal,” once again finds the Los Angeles artist telling a story to which we can all relate, with Sasha revealing in a press release that “Hurt” is all about “falling in love and being scared as shit.” “I was 100% in love with someone and wasn't sure if they liked me back which was fucking terrifying,” adds the 22-year-old. “I wanted to fall so bad, but just getting out of my last relationship made things complicated.”
JENAUX – GIVE IT UP
Disco balls at the ready, as Jenaux is here to get the party started with his latest single. The song hears the New York City producer cranking up the funk to 11, with guest vocalist Boy Matthews laying down some serious soul power over a retrofuturistic instrumental that brings 70s-inspired guitars and big, Justice-style basslines to the dance floor.
CAITLYN SCARLETT – ORNAMENTS
Hailing from London, Caitlyn Scarlett positions herself as one to watch this 2018 with “Ornaments.” Produced by Raf Riley, the track acts as a showcase for Caitlyn's attitude-packed vocal and lyrical style, with the 21-year-old – who started making music aged 9, and was recently invited by Roc Nation to Rihanna's songwriting camp (no biggie!) – riding Raf's trap beats with the kind of swagger typically reserved for the most effortlessly cool of artists.
PIZZAGIRL – COFFEE SHOP
If you weren't already sold by his name, then wait until you get a taste of Pizzagirl's music! The Liverpudlian also known as Liam Brown is more than satisfying our need for caffeine with his latest single “Coffee Shop.” Sounding like the work of a young Morrissey after multiple Caramel Frappuccinos® (made with soy milk, of course!), this perky pop ditty can be found on Pizzagirl's debut EP, An Extended Play, due out next month on Heist or Hit!
SOBHHÏ – YEA, I DISAPPEARED
Close your eyes and sink into the sounds of sobhhï, the Dubai singer-songwriter and producer who makes his debut on We Are: The Guard with “Yea, I Disappeared.” Featured on his recent debut EP RED I, this is shivering, intangible alternative R&B made for after dark, when explorative melodies suspend the consciousness in order to weave a nocturnal world of their very own creation.
Until next week! x
Jess Grant is a frustrated writer hailing from London, England. When she isn't tasked with disentangling her thoughts from her brain and putting them on paper, Jess can generally be found listening to The Beatles, or cooking vegetarian food.