Basement League – ‘Youth of Today’
To get us underway this week, we start off with London-based, pop punk 4-piece, Basement League. Their latest single ‘Youth Of Today‘ is all about going through a rough time but realising that things will get better if you give them time to heal. These guys are part of a generation who have these things ingrained within them, but don’t necessarily let them define who they are.
The track was recorded at The Ranch studio in Southampton with producer & songwriter Daly George, known for working closely within the punk rock and indie scene. Daly has been building a well respected reputation within these genres for some time, notably working alongside Boston Manor, Creeper and Milk teeth, therefore giving the boys confidence that they would be in good hands.
For fans of: Neck Deep, Fall Out Boy & Paramore
The Strokes – ‘Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus’
The alternative-rock legends have returned with their long awaited 6th studio album, ‘The New Abnormal‘. From the 9 to choose from, the track that stood out to us was ‘Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus’. This number had a real new wave feel, and certainly continues the 70’s/80’s theme that we noticed while reviewing another single from this record in an earlier Fave Five Fridays.
While chatting to Rolling Stone, frontman Julian Casablancas discussed the lyrics and looks at it as though it’s ‘meditating on memories, from old friends to the “Eighties bands” of his youth’. We definitely think there’s something very nostalgic about it.
For fans of: Franz Ferdinand & The Libertines
Bright Eyes – ‘Forced Convalescence’
We featured ‘Persona Non Grata‘ last month on Fave Five Friday #14 and now comes the turn of ‘Forced Convalescence‘.
This is the second track from the indie-rock band’s unreleased new album, and it feels like a song written for your own personal self-isolation; yet it was recorded (presumably) before the world folded in on itself. Perhaps just some clever release timing? Just drop the album already please Conor!
For fans of: The Good Life & Conor Oberst
edbl – ‘twentynineteen’
Our penultimate track this week comes from Brixton-based singer-songwriter and producer, Ed Black (AKA edbl). It was while studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts that he found a love for R&B and Hip-Hop, and has always found time to produce and make tracks while jamming as a session musician on the road.
Just a few weeks ago, edbl dropped his 19-track instrumental beat tape ‘edbl beats, vol.1’ and it consists of ideas and beats that have been in the pipeline for 3 years leading up to this release. The track that caught our attention was ‘twentynineteen’, an aptly named chilled out number that helps us reminisce on a time free of worry, self-isolation and globally sweeping viruses.
For fans of: Groove Armada & Frank Ocean
Oliver Som – ‘Tell Me’
We finish things off with Oliver Som, who releases another track under his own name entitled ‘Tell Me’. After being a well established and successful producer within his own right having worked with the likes of; Newton Faulkner, Robbie Williams, Tyler James to name a few. It’s great to see Oliver releasing music himself after recording so many others.
This follows the 3 singles he released during lockdown where he was putting out a new song every week. This is heartfelt song, with organic pianos and guitar parts with a sampled drum loop as the song kicks off. You can see that Oliver is growing as a songwriter with each release.
For fans of: Peter Wolf Crier
For the latest tracks that we are listening to at We Like Oliver HQ, check out some of these playlists including our latest Fave Five Fridays playlist.
More Fave Five Fridays
- Fave Five Friday #26Featuring – The Soundflowers // Willie J Healey // Tayo Sound // THUMPER // Nadine Shah
- Fave Five Friday #25Featuring – Creeper // Ben Kidson // BETSY // Dream Wife // Josie Man
- Fave Five Friday #24Featuring – EFÉ // Jords // Liz Lawrence // Dan D’Lion // Drug Store Romeos
- Fave Five Fridays #23Featuring – Jack T Tustin // Katy J Pearson // Matt Maltese // simmerdown // To Kill A King
- Fave Five Fridays #22Featuring – Faunn // Nuala // Out of the Swim // Roachford // The Good Manners
- Fave Five Fridays #21Featuring – Akin Soul // Desmerelda // IDLES // kamau kuru // Tom Rosenthal