NEW INDIE MUSIC - WEEK 16
Look – the day after Coachella is NEVER fun. Despite being blessed by the healing powers of Queen Bey, the return to reality that follows on from America's Biggest Music Festival™ is nothing short of PAINFUL. If you need help with transitioning back to your normal, boring, Beyoncé-less life (not to mention with nursing your hangover...) this Monday morning, then We Are: The Guard's New Indie Music is here to be of assistance. While we can't guarantee that it'll match the high of seeing the Main Stage slayed on Saturday night, we nevertheless hope that this playlist – featuring The Weeknd, CHVRCHES, The Wombats, and seven other favorites – gets you excited for the good times still to come this festival season. Now pass us an Alka-Seltzer...
THE WEEKND – CALL OUT MY NAME
The emo Abel Tesfaye is back and we're HERE FOR IT! No, really – if you needed any further proof that Selena Gomez has killed off The Weeknd's Michael Jackson 2.0 era for good, then you absolutely need to check out this Grant Singer-directed video for My Dear Melancholy cut “Call Out My Name,” which sees Abel stalking the streets like some manic depressed Bruce Wayne.
CHVRCHES – MIRACLE
CHVRCHES continue to make the push towards the pop firmament with the latest single to be unveiled from their forthcoming third album Love Is Dead. “Miracle” – which follows on from the Matt Berninger-featuring “My Enemy” – is without a doubt among Lauren Mayberry and co's biggest productions to date, with the song coming complete with a gleaming, gigantic chorus of “woahs!” that can only be described as transcendence in a bottle.
SAN HOLO (FEAT. TASKA BLACK) – RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW
Okay, so – disappointed as we are to discover that this isn't a cover of the Fatboy Slim classic of the same name, San Holo is still setting our raver hearts on fire with his latest single “Right Here, Right Now.” The follow-up to “One Thing” is another euphoric banger from the Dutch DJ and bitbird founder, with the guitar-driven track sure to go down a treat with the festival circuit this summer. P.S. Where can we get hold of a life-size cardboard cut-out of San Holo?! Comment below...
THE WOMBATS – TURN
The best – and the worst?! – thing about being in a relationship with someone is learning to love all of their kooks and quirks, and that's precisely what Liverpudlian indie trio The Wombats set out to celebrate on “Turn.” Featured on their recent fourth album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, it's a catchy, light-hearted ode a partner's more, ahem, maddening qualities, with frontman and lyricist Matthew Murphy summing up the whole thing with the one line: “Maybe it's the crazy that I'd miss.”
SHELTER POINT – FEEL
Shelter Point gain the the Kitsuné (and the We Are: The Guard!) stamp of approval with their latest single. The British duo make their debut on the coveted French electronic label with “Feel” – a swirling house labyrinth that locks into a deep disco groove while band members Liam Arnold and Robin Hearn's kaleidoscopic vocals loop their way to infinity.
MOTHICA – WATER ME DOWN
We Are: The Guard favorite Mothica returns with what's fundamentally the song version of the “If you don't love me at my, then you don't deserve me at my” meme currently overtaking much of Twitter. “Water Me Down” is an empowering feminist anthem about refusing to change your personality for no man (or woman, for that matter!), with the Oklahoma City native as ever putting on an impressively ranged vocal display over a surging electronic pop production courtesy of Nydge.
BUSU – DO 2 MUCH
Combining rap with rock hasn't worked out so well in the past – we're looking at you, KoЯn! – but Stockholm artist Busu proves that, with a deft touch, both genres can live alongside each other in perfect harmony on his latest single. Pairing floor-shaking basslines and killer guitar riffs with Busu's attitude-packed flow, “Do 2 Much” is an infectious amalgamation of two polar-opposite sounds that you can file alongside the likes of Gabriel Black and Bakar.
BONIFACE – PHANTOM LIMBS
Boniface's “Phantom Limbs” is the kind of glistening opus that makes you want to hit the road for the city lights, and that's exactly what the Canadian newcomer gets up to in the song's official video! Watch as the Winnipeg native shows us around his home town of Saint Boniface in the iridescent, late-night visual, which was directed by Boniface's apparently equally talented brother Joseph Visser!
MATING RITUAL – LIGHT MYSELF ON FIRE
Like your pop music with a side ordering of rugged swagger?! Then this one is for you! Featured on Mating Ritual's forthcoming second album of the same name, “Light Myself on Fire” pairs angular guitar riffs with the throaty vocals of frontman and former Pacific Air member Ryan Marshall Lawhon to deliver the kind of blues rock-indebted sound that packs a serious sonic punch!
ST. VINCENT – NEW YORK (DJDS REMIX)
Having remixed “Los Ageless” last month, DJDS return this week with their take on another track from St. Vincent's MASSEDUCTION. Listen as Jerome Potter and Sam Griesemer quicken the pulse while still preserving emotion on this drum and bass-influenced remix of “New York,” which reconfigures Annie Clark's heartsick lamentations for basement club dance floors.
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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.