FAMY are gearing up for the release of their longtime-coming debut full-length We Fam Econo (out on September 8) with the release of the tasty 4-track EP Ava. It sees the skewed folk-pop foursome re-do one of our favorite tracks of theirs (Ava) with a slightly different, somewhat more epic mix. The Epilogue is far more bed time story material, just like next one Peter Pan which should squeeze the final energy of the day out of the listeners. The straight forward and jabbering Have You Ever Seen The Rain finishes off the EP and yet more has us anticipating the full-length.
Those steel drums you missed so much are back, and once more Kate Boy are the driving force behind it - Self Control perfectly aligns with their earlier stomping electronic pop, and it seems like they’ve just sped up the tempo again. Kate Akhurst really takes things in her own hands, shouting “so free ourselves / don’t let nobody take control” - here’s to hoping they keep up that spirit, with more details of their long-awaited full-length coming in the next few months.
Sophie bubbles up once more after the storm he created with Bipp and Elle, and yet again he fills a void of contemporary pop music we had no idea even existed with Lemonade. The chorus sounds like a kawaii 12” played on 78 RPM, with the stomping bass strolling around the high-pitched Lemonade vocal around which the track was build - it basically sounds like nothing else and everything else at the exact same time.
Raury came in with blazing guns with God’s Whisper, a psychotic hymn which saw the 17 year chant/rap along to a ponding beat - the duo of follow-ups to that track both showcase a more vulnerable side of the rising star. Sunshine starts quite moody and laid-back with a smooth electronic production, up until R gets into some kind of Kendrick Lamar flow and delivers *quite* the verse which brings the track to a whole new level. Cigarette Song on the other hand is light-hearted on the ears but lyrically everything but that; it’s a jam though.
While her debut Touch was all kinds of sweet french kissing over a droopy beat, follow-up Just Once is the melodious pop song that does follow the intro-chorus-bridge kind of rules in pop. Shura does it with a certain charm many of today’s acts lack though; it almost sound like she sampled her beating heart and wrote a poem on it (beat poetry, anyone?). “Have you ever been lost / we could get lost / I wanna get lost” she praises - let’s get lost together.
Fryars' tone is a lot more positive towards love in his new single Prettiest Girls Fly Highest compared to his contribution to Rae Morris’ Cold. Yet again it’s pop on his very own terms, packed with auto-tune and other anti-pop pop things. The groove is slightly more playful than his earlier tracks (especially compared to the demo), which could be courtesy of the Jimmy Douglas (Blood Orange, Pharrell, Justin Timberlake) mixing efforts - whatever the rhythm, Fryars is set to definitely re-shape pop’s playground with the forthcoming full length Power (out on November 17 via Fiction).
Now SOHN has his debut under his belt, he’s lending out his production abilities to other vocalists - after his more than successful pairing with Banks, Laura Doggett is the next in line to do her thing over his shivering beats. The growl in her voice is aggressive yet magical, which result in a soothing, slow-burning beauty - the lyrics match that atmosphere: “From the ashes grow / dark sun lights a silhouette / cradling the flame till the fire beds / Phoenix gonna rise from the ash again”, with the final bit being repeated like a mantra for about the last minute or so.
Rae Morris and Fryars offer the most depressed but beautiful love song you’ll hear all year with Cold, which now has a perfectly synchronized video too. It’s all love gone wrong in the song with lyrics like “your hips never wave when you walk” and “your voice isn’t kind when you talk” - the heavily auto tuned part of Fryars in Cold perhaps presents the cold distance that can come between two former lovers and contrasts perfectly with Rae Morris’ high voice.
Berlin greyhound and DFA darling Dan Bodan wants to sing the kind of stories you read in your older sister’s diary on long-awaited debut LP Soft (out in October on DFA), which is mostly messy love stories. First single Soft As Rain is true songwriter craftsmanship and sees the singer give a while new spin on the sleepless techno he grew up with - turning down the BPM’s, he offers an introspective view on his love life.
Vaults have found their musical pace in this void between drama and pop, drifting right there where you just wanna close your eyes and sway your arms with big, dramatic gestures. New single Lifespan, their first one post-signing to Virgin, confirms three’s a charm: with every song they’ve tuned down the layered (and beat-heavy) production to this swirling, pulsating beauty that just hits all grand songs markers.
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