Since I'm a bit under the weather with a terrible chest cold, I've been able to focus on the submissions inbox and chip away at the mountain of submissions. Sadly, I just can't capture everything that's sent to me, and on occasion I have to share many songs at once. Today is one of those days. Enjoy this 6-pack of fantastic new tracks to hopefully brighten your Monday.
The Orielles - Sliders
Aimless Skylarking favorites, Halifax surf pop trio emerge with a fantastic new track, 'Sliders'. With each offering, the band continues to improve on their already impressive sound and are picking up fans by the droves. Expect big things from the band in the future.
WILDES - Illuminate
Sometimes I'm absolutely caught off guard by a track, expecting it to not be my cup of tea but being stunned by its beauty. West London's WILDES new track did just that with her stunning voice and perfectly crafted orchestration. Just so damn lovely.
Saltwater Sun - Now Or Never
Londoners Saltwater Sun have shown one thing in their short career, their ability to craft perfect slices of guitar pop. Their latest track is a testament to that talent. Look for their 2nd EP, Flawed, this summer. I'm anxious to hear what they're cooking up. I'm sure it's pure bliss.
Johnny Kills - Maybe Next Year
Have you ever loved something on first spin but had to listen again to convince your unbelieving self? I did that when I heard Brighton based indie-rock trio Johnny Kills' 'Maybe Next Year'. On the 5th listen, I loved it more than ever. More please! Needless to say, they're killing it.
Self Talk - Clean Washing
I'm not going to lie, so much pop-punk bores the daylights out of me. A lot of it is so polished and entirely devoid of the fire and energy I expect when I think of punk. So I had low expectations when I listened to Melbourne, Australia's Self Talk's new track 'Clean Washing'. After a handful of listens, I'm smitten. I fell for the track's grit and immediacy and the honesty. It's a favorite, and the band is now on my radar! I bet their amps are still smoking from the beating they took.
Scarlet - X
Shifting gears from the urgency of a pop punk track to an unhurried acoustic folky track has never bothered me. In this instance, Londoner Scarlet's pained tale of not quite letting go, 'X', was a no-brainer on my part. I loved the sentiment behind the track, the assured composition, and Scarlet's entirely gorgeous voice. I hate to be greedy, but more of this would make my day.