NEW INDIE MUSIC - WEEK 29

7/16/18
Photo by Kevin Grieve

We Are: The Guard published a LOT of content over the last seven days, and if you haven't checked it all out, then you definitely should! Hey, it's not easy running a music blog, and we seriously appreciate every single click! Here's a quick rundown for those of you who may've missed out:

 

Phew! It's safe to say that we're pretty damn exhausted after all of that, but rest assured that we don't plan on slowing down this Monday morning! In fact, we're only getting started with this latest edition of New Indie Music, which this week features tracks from Chelsea Wolfe, Ben Khan, The Essex Green, David August, Justice, and much more!

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CHELSEA WOLFE – THE CULLING

Chelsea Wolfe embraces her inner Samara Morgan in the video for Hiss Spun highlight “The Culling.” Watch as the goth rock singer writhes amid some candles on an altar before pulling out clumps of her raven-colored locks in the nightmarish clip, which was directed by Chelsea and Bill Crisafi, and shot in Salem, home of the infamous witch trials. *Gulp*

 

BEN KHAN – A.T.W (AGAINST THE WALL)

Damn! This is some squelchy ass goodness from Ben Khan! The British multi-instrumentalist certainly knows how to unleash a banger when he wants to, and “a.t.w (against the wall)” – with its rich, Jai Paul-esque soundscapes and ethereal vocal melodies – is right up there with his best! Bring on that debut album, Mr. Khan!

 

THE ESSEX GREEN – DON'T LEAVE IT IN OUR HANDS

It's been 12 years, but Elephant 6 legends The Essex Green are back this 2018 with “Don't Leave It in Our Hands.” Written about our generation's increasing reliance on phones and technology, it's a song that's charged with equal amounts anxiety and pep, with the New York City trio's power pop prowess shining through in the track's brilliantly melodic chorus.

 

MONDO COZMO – YOUR MOTHERFUCKER

Crank up the volume, as Mondo Cozmo is motherfucking back! As you can probably tell from the song title, the rock and roll savior is pulling no punches on latest single “Your Motherfucker,” a head-banging, lip-curling blend of distorted guitars and LCD Soundsystem-esque electronics that hears the Los Angeles artist declaring: “I wanna be your Elvis/I wanna be your Jagger/I wanna be that love song/That you can't handle!”

 

STILL WOOZY – GOODIE BAG

We're halfway through July, but that doesn't mean that it's too late for artists to submit the song of the summer! Hey, we certainly have a strong applicant here in the form of “Goodie Bag,” a soulfully feel-good groove from Oakland's Still Woozy that's basically the sonic equivalent of sitting on a rooftop (or, in the case of this Shawheen Keyani-directed video, a hilltop!) with friends and watching the sun set over the city <3!

 

DAVID AUGUST – D'ANGELO

And now for something a little different... Mixing industrial electronic clatterings and sinister baritone vocalizations, David August is bringing the underground overground on the propulsively groovy “D'ANGELO,” a six-and-a-half-minute mood piece that follows on from the prolific German producer's ambient album DCXXXIX A.C., which came out in March.

 

JUSTICE – RANDY (WWW)

Justice are turning up their hit single “Randy” to 11 on this dance floor-devouring remix. No, really, listen as Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay transform the funky nu-disco cut into a techno-heavy rave monster on this seven-and-a-half-minute reworking, which is the first taste to be unveiled from their forthcoming live album Woman Worldwide.

 

MURMURMUR – CABLE CAR

Introducing murmurmur, the Melbourne five-piece who're bringing all of my psych pop dreams to life with their debut single. Coming ahead of their first EP as produced by the coveted Oscar Dawson, “Cable Car” is the kind of song that grows more kaleidoscopic with every passing minute, with frontman Will Fletcher rising like a star in the making above the cascades of reverb-drenched guitars.

 

OLIVVER THE KID – OVERREACTING

It's not every day that I compare an artist to Michael Jackson, but Olivver the Kid is channeling some serious King of Pop circa “Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'” vibes on his latest single. Having quit his role as drummer for The Neighbourhood, Bryan Sammis rediscovers a whole new sense of vibrancy and effervescence on “Overreacting,” a golden slice of synth pop that may or may not take aim at his former bandmates: “Fuck your cool band and all of your friends and/I don't really care if I'm overreacting.”

 

CHANNEL TRES – JET BLACK

Having set the blogosphere on fire in April with “Controller,” Channel Tres returns with more heat this month in the form of “Jet Black.” The song hears the GODMODE signee continuing to refine his blend of Detroit house and West Coast rap, with modular synths and four-on-the-floor beats acting as a backdrop to Channel's effortlessly cool cadence, the kind that'll put a swagger in your step on your way to work this Monday morning.

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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.