On The Stereo #14
This time we pick out new tracks from The Kinks, Kurt Vile, OMI, Petrol Girls, Ariana Grande and Ward Thomas
A bonus track from the 50th anniversary release of The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, this poignant piano-led ballad would have sounded perfectly at home on the classic album. There’s no higher praise.
OMI FT FELIX JAEHN
OMI returns with another summer banger in the form of Masterpiece featuring Felix Jaehn. This is a track focusing on the Instagram craze of posting selfies with the lyrics focusing on the real beauty that the girl doesn’t see. It’s a fun track with a poignant message of true love.
Your favourite drawl-pop songwriter is back and he’s gifted you with another twinkling gem. Drenched in the easy Philadelphia sun, Loading Zones has Kurt Vile trading in glorious melodies he’s made his songwriting name on. With lyrics covering Vile’s unique parking strategy, Loading Zones is not only a song to soundtrack your summer drives but one to inspire you when you set your vehicle down.
This month saw Ariana Grande drop her new album Sweetener and the track Breathin has topped iTunes charts worldwide and is a huge fan favourite. It’s a stunning track about the anxieties people suffer everyday. It has a wonderful message to just keep going and Grande’s vocals are breathtaking.
The latest single from post-hardcore band Petrol Girls celebrates every aspect of sisterhood, from the bonds formed between blood sisters and friends to being a small but integral part of something larger. The insightful video is a must watch for everyone, regardless of your taste in music.
LIE LIKE ME
Ward Thomas have released the music video for the acoustic version of new single Lie Like Me. The stripped back version allows the message of the track: how social media can project a fake life through, to shine through and it offers a more country vibe than the original. .
Words: Dave Chrzanowski, Damien Girling, Duncan Haskell, Laura Klonowski