Lucy Feliz. Photo: Jo Baston

On The Stereo: February 2022

Let’s take a listen to some fab new songs from Lucy Feliz, Carmody, Shamir, Ibibio Sound Machine, Latir and more

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LEVITATE BY PARISIAN’S MY DEAR
We’ve plugged in the office stereo and are finally ready to listen to some brilliant new music. Up first we have Levitate by Parisian’s My Dear (the duo of Raw Man and Blanche). The sunshine emanating from this glitzy electro-pop number are cleverly balanced by the darker lyrics

VISIONS BY JO SCHORNIKOW
With a dusky hue and end-of-the-pier wonk that will appeal to fans of Sharon Van Etten, and bold chord progressions that have us playing air keyboard, Visions is the glorious new single from Jo Schornikow.

CAUGHT UP BY SHAMIR
Layering chic sheets of disco-pop over a sturdy industrial mattress, on Caught Up Shamir Bailey has vocals reminiscent of classic David McAlmont. New album Heterosexuality is out now – with songs this good, we’re in for a serious treat.

CLEAR BY SUMMIT OF THE BIG LOW
Clear by Summit Of The Big Low (Toby Uffindell-Phillips) searches for simplicity and freedom from the chaos of a cluttered mind. The ebullient folktronica provides a path through which the fragile vocals must negotiate.

FORGET ME NOTS BY LUCY FELIZ
Forget Me Nots is the new song from Brighton-based indie-pop artist Lucy Feliz. With an untiring guitar line providing constant companionship to the vocals, there’s a meandering daydream charm here that is easy to get lost in.

PROTECTION FROM EVIL BY IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE
The pulsating production from Hot Chip sets the tone, but it’s Eno Williams’ abstract and onomatopoeic lyrics that are the real star of the show on Ibibio Sound Machine’s Protection From Evil. The words may not familiar but the energy is undeniable.

Lucy Feliz. Photo: Jo Baston

Lucy Feliz: a meandering daydream charm here that is easy to get lost in. Photo: Jo Baston

NIETZSCHE ON THE BEACH BY DC GORE
Sounding like a meeting between The Divine Comedy and The Pet Shops Boys, Nietzsche On The Beach is DC Gore’s brilliant new single. The wonky synths add a feverish quality but some serious beats keep things from unravelling completely.

RAILROAD KING BY JUNK DRAWER
“I just walk along and stroll and sing / I see better days and I do better things,” sings Jake Lennox on Junk Drawer’s Railroad King – a trippy delight of a song that takes you on a psychedelic peregrination of the imagination.

CAROUSEL BY LATIR
A song so romantic it could have been plucked from Hollywood’s golden age, Latir’s Carousel is an R&B song that you just want to melt into. With additional vocals from Olivia Nelson and Tokio Myers’ piano, the whole thing is a sumptuous delight.

DETOX BY BORED AT MY GRANDMAS HOUSE
Following on from last year’s debut EP, Detox is the hypnotic new single from Bored at My Grandmas House (AKA Amber Strawbridge). It’s shoegaze music if the shoes you’re gazing at just so happen to be a battered and be-glittered pair of Doc Martens.

SO EXCITED BY COLA
On So Excited, Tim Darcy has a riot over Ben Stidworthy’s sumptuous bass playing and Evan Cartwright’s twitching drums. Built from the embers of Montreal post-punk outfit Ought, Cola are a band that we should all be so excited about.

YOSEF BY CARMODY
Yosef finds Carmody mourning someone who has yet to be found. That time-bending theme is matched by the shuddering percussion, transformative keys and empyrean vocals.

STILL THE SAME BY MAYA LANE
References such as HAIM, Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell may be familiar, but Still The Same by Maya Lane is anything but staid. The freshness comes from the production, which builds throughout, and Lane’s impeccable voice – a marriage made in folk-pop heaven.

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

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