Amaroun. Photo: David Richardson

On The Stereo: April 2022

Our latest selection of new songs gracing this month’s playlist, from Amaroun, Wet Leg, Nerina Pallot, girlhouse and more

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LOVE CHILD BY FREYA BEER
With a bold and cinematic sound ideal for this toxic tale, Love Child is the latest immersive goth-noir number from Freya Beer. Drawing you in with its slinking verses, the puissant choruses serve up the finishing touch.

CLASHING COLOURS BY QUINN OULTON AND MOSES BOYD
Clashing Colours brings together the formidable talents of Quinn Oulton and Moses Boyd. The nimble-handed drumming of the latter provides the topsy-turvy rushes through which Oulton’s soulful voice must find a path.

HEAVY GOLDEN SWIM BY LUNGE
Like Tom Tom Club had they been remixed by Hot Chip, Heavy Golden Swim is the debut single from LUNGE (Viva Seifert and Mark “Arp” Cleveland). Mixing punk energy, electro sheen and imaginative melodies, there’s something for everyone

UR MUM BY WET LEG
“When I think about what you’ve become, I feel sorry for your mum,” begins Ur Mum, Wet Leg’s latest frothy anthem. The best indie diss track you’re likely to hear all year, it’s another sign that the duo are destined for greatness.

PERFECT TIMING BY JOEY XL
Perfect Timing is an introspective dose of modern R&B from East London’s Joey XL. With his marble-smooth vocals doing most of the heavy lifting, a deft beat arrives at the halfway point to bring the song home.

SUDDENLY BY SOMEONE
Listening to Someone’s exquisite new single Suddenly is like sitting on a cloud which slowly starts to fall apart, revealing the rocks below. Bringing to mind bands such as Air and Clannad, there’s forceful songcraft underpinning the atmospherics

Amaroun. Photo: David Richardson

Amaroun: her pristine vocals and gentle soul-folk sound feel appropriately soothing. Photo: David Richardson

COLD PLACES BY NERINA PALLOT
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and we were already pretty darn fond of Nerina Pallot. From its harp introduction to its final breath, undulating new song Cold Places is an instant reminder of her considerable talent.

HIGH NOON BY TEST PATTERNS
With Gage Bickerstaff’s obfuscated falsetto melting into the fabric, High Noon by Test Patterns is a heavily textured tapestry. There’s a richness that rewards repeated listens, allowing you to run your fingers through its layered world.

COOL GUY BY GIRLHOUSE
“You’re not a tastemaker but I want that flavour,” sings girlhouse on new single Cool Guy. With its unshakeable guitar and glimmering synths, everything here suggests her upcoming EP is going to be another bedroom-indie masterpiece.

MIRRORS BY JUST MUSTARD
On Mirrors, Dundalk five-piece Just Mustard’s attempt at a more meditative sound is disturbed by shard-of-glass guitars and raging drums. The resulting tension is both strangely cathartic and impossible to resist.

ORCHID BY AMAROUN
Like two flowers growing independently but with their roots entwined, Amaroun’s Orchid is an ode to relationships that celebrate both individuality and togetherness. The pristine vocals and gentle soul-folk sound feel appropriately soothing.

ALRIGHT BY YAYA BEY
A twinkling keyboard sound gives Alright, the new single from soulful R&B artist Yaya Bey, an instantly timeless feel. With several distinct chapters contained within, her wandering vocal style takes you on a journey of discovery.

COULD I LIVE WITH BEING FAKE BY TOM A. SMITH
Questioning the choices confronting anyone making their way in the music industry, Could I Live With Being Fake is the new single from Sunderland’s Tom A. Smith. He need not fear; with a coarse rock sound, he’s as authentic as they come.

Listen to these songs and other On The Stereo selections on the Songwriting Magazine Spotify profile

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