Everything Everything – ‘In Birdsong’
To get us underway this week, we open with Manchester rockers Everything Everything, and their first single in two years, ‘In Birdsong’.
This track consists of unorthodox sonic exploration, rich synth textures, and Jonathan Higgs’ impassioned falsetto. With a continuing pulsing rhythm contributing to its escalating wall-of-sound. While discussing the tune with NME, frontman Higgs stated that ‘In Birdsong’ “tries to imagine what it would have been like to have been the first self-aware human.” It’s great to have new material from them, as we’re all huge fans, can’t wait for the new album.
For fans of: Foals, The Maccabees & The Vaccines
Ekcle – ‘Daydream’
Amidst times of global uncertainty, Ekcle, Aether and Zes proudly present ‘Daydream’; a contemporary sonic unification, released to raise funds and spread awareness for the UN Refugee Agency. Donating all proceeds to the UN Refugee Agency, each contribution will support refugees, displaced people and their host communities with access to essential healthcare services and supplies before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Great work!
‘Daydream‘ showcases the splintering live instrumentation of Ekcle, the cascading atmospheres of Aether, and the bittersweet songwriting and voice of Zes. It also features dulcet harmonies from Lapalux-collaborator, Lilia alongside carefully curated synths, performed by Grand Pavilion.
Released through the newly conceived Analogue Dawn label and representing an array of distinct cultural and creative backgrounds, ‘Daydream’ seeks to support those less fortunate in a time when global unification is more important than ever. Do your bit and go check it out on Spotify now!
For fans of: Hudson Lee, False Noise & Clockvice
Brendon – ‘The Butterfly Song’
A personal favourite of ours from the folk-rock singer-songwriter ‘Brendon’ from his new album ‘Hold My Hand’. We give you, ‘The Butterfly Song’.
The song goes in many directions, starting with an almost psychedelic chord progression effortlessly jumping from minor to major. Then halfway through becoming an entirely new more uptempo track, almost as if we follow a butterfly on its exploration of the world. It’s a great piece of songwriting and well worth checking out, along with the rest of Brendon’s new album ‘Hold My Hand’.
For fans of: Nick Drake, Tim Buckley & Bob Dylan
Polyhymns – ‘Down With The Kids’
The penultimate spot this week goes to electronic, experimental trio, Polyhymns from Sheffield. Their latest release, ‘Down With The Kids‘ is a catchy one, and very appropriate for the recent sunny lockdown weather we’ve been having. We definitely felt the summery vibes, and see it as perfect beers in the garden music. Hopefully we hear more from the guys in the near future.
To check this one out, you can either access their tunes via Soundcloud, or give the track a purchase through their Bandcamp website, which today are doing their part to help struggling musicians by waiving their profit split from purchase bought on their artist stores. Both links available below!
For fans of: Noah and the Whale & Aztec Camera
Jamie xx – ‘Idontknow’
To bring things to a close, we introduce to you the latest masterpiece by Jamie xx, ‘Idontknow‘. This is Jamie’s first official release since the magnificent ‘In Colour’, which hit shelves in 2015.
After a fairly chilled-out start, tempo accelerates to 160 BPM with the beats and synth bass-line giving the track a pulse. The track includes samples in the form of bursts of vocals, one pitched up and melodic, the other a trance-like mantra which skitters along the sides. For us, Jamie xx has proved that he can engage our emotions while producing a hard club track. It’s an ambitious attempt that has come off beautifully for him!
For fans of: The XX, Four Tet & SBTRKT