On The Stereo #65
Showcasing sonic delights from I Am Boleyn, Will Butler, Taylor Swift, Sen Morimoto, Ellen Krauss, Yard Act, Brijean and more
I AM BOLEYN
Dua Lipa has proved that there’s still plenty of love out there for well made disco pop and In Between by I Am Boleyn certainly fits that bill. Also reminiscent of Fever era Kylie, a cool detachment only adds to the appeal.
Dropping out of nowhere, Taylor Swift’s Folkore album removes the pop bombast and confirms what we all knew; that she remains a superlative artist dedicated to the craft of songwriting. Our early favourite is Exile featuring Bon Iver.
Arcade Fire’s Will Butler is releasing a new solo album in September and, if Surrender is anything to go by, it’s one to listen out for. Musically uplifting but lyrically searching, it’s this contrast which rewards repeat listens.
There’s a seductively sleepy feeling about Sen Morimoto’s new song Woof. That drowsiness can even be heard in the vocal delivery with the Chicago-based singer and rapper keeping things languid throughout.
Offering a more stripped-back take on Scandipop, Sweden’s Ellen Krauss is dreaming big on New York. Krauss’s assured vocals compliment the song’s simple guitar backing and, with nowhere to hide, her talent shines bright.
THE GOOD MANNERS
The sun is shining and we’re getting our groove on today thanks to The Good Manners’ latest offering, Aloof. It’s the perfect cocktail of bass, synths and electronic beats and proof that Marcos and Gabriel are ones to watch out for.
The lyrics of Yard Act’s Fixer Upper take the shape of a fictional one-way conversation by everyday irritant ‘Graeme’. The kind of blowhard we’ve all come across, his trumpet blowing is underscored by the seering sounds of post-punk.
The hypnotising rhythms of Moody by Brijean (a duo consisting of Brijean Murphy and Doug Stuart) have us swaying away this morning. With slightly warped vocals that only add to the post-cocktail vibe, it’s easy to get lost inside this one.
A debut single to make you sit up and pay attention, Stompin’ Grounds lays out exactly where Reyna Roberts is from and what she’s all about. More than that, it introduces her fiery vocals and a talent set to take the country world by storm.
The Mackenzies continues Bill Callahan’s run of weekly releases from upcoming new album Gold Record. A tale of neighbourliness, vehicle repair and bonding, it’s a story within a song adroitly told by the former Smog man.
Words: Duncan Haskell