On The Stereo: September 2021
Get your lugholes around some more new music, including Chrissi, Bess Atwell, Barry Adamson, Blackaby, Another One Down, and more
SHE’LL MAKE SOME TIME ON A MONDAY BY BLACKABY
With a lineage and esoteric charm that can be traced back to The Kinks, She’ll Make Some Time On A Monday carries on from Blackaby excellent Everything’s Delicious EP. It’s the burst of melodic sunshine we needed on this gloomy day.
RED LIGHT HEAVEN BY BESS ATWELL
There’s a mournful sense of nostalgia to Bess Atwell’s Red Light Heaven which draws you in and makes you want to dig up the secrets buried beneath its atmospheric garden. At once delicate and powerful, she really is a talent to be treasured.
BROKEN MOMENTS BY BARRY ADAMSON
Ahead of the release of a new EP and book, the irrepressible Barry Adamson returns with Broken Moments. The bright palette, bursting with both harmony and melody, brushes the song with a classic 60s feels.
NIGHTCALLER BY RUNRUMMER
Conjuring up the image of a chase scene in an 80s sci-fi thriller, as soundtracked by The Human League, Nightcaller by Runrummer is old school new wave with a modern twist. It’s that infectious combination that keeps things both fresh and quintessential.
THE PANIC’S OVER BY ELEANOR K
Just when you think you have Eleanor K’s The Panic’s Over sussed, it does something surprising. Whether with its maleficent percussive maelstrom or gospel-tinged vocal layers, there are many revelations to be found within this song.
LOVE BY NIGHT BY REN LAWTON
A singer-songwriter who clearly knows how to tell a story over the course of a song, Ren Lawton’s Love By Night tells the tale of a relationship hidden under the cover of darkness. The unadorned production allows the words to really land.
BACK IN THE DAY BY CHRISSI
Back In The Day, the debut from Chrissi, is a study on young love in all its messy glory. The smoky vocals and whispering hi-hat interruptions lend the track a classic feel, and introduce a soulful pop artist with serious promise.
HEADSPACE BY ANOTHER ONE DOWN
We’re starting the week with some rousing emo-inspired pop-punk. Headspace is the new single from Rhode Island five-piece Another One Down and, with its fervent vocals, prowling rhythm and crunching guitars, it’s got all the essential elements.
MY FIRST DAY ON EARTH BY THE GHIBERTINS
My First Day On Earth by Milan’s The Ghibertins is a rousing stadium-sized anthem that gathers elements of folk, pop, rock and electronica. Together those pieces form the best Mumford & Sons/Imagine Dragons collaboration that never was.
IF I EVER FALL IN LOVE BY AVA ROWLAND
There’s an innocent charm to Ava Rowland’s If I Ever Fall In Love that’s a welcome antidote in these cynical times. Not only that, the Ohio native knows how to make country music to slow dance to in the kitchen with your one and only.
TUBES BY ELAN TAMARA
With its claustrophobic lyrics offset by an expansive instrumental soundscape, Tubes by Elan Tamara manages to balance hope and fear. Sitting in the middle of this gripping picture are Tamara’s gloriously idiosyncratic vocals.
THE DEITY ARRIVED BY THE MINING CO
Ahead of The Mining Co’s new album Phenomenology, comes The Deity Arrived. Crackling with a similar lo-fi energy to peak Eels, the sputters of electronica help lift this song up and take it somewhere altogether more supernatural.
YOU KNOW ME BY AMY DUNCAN
There’s a sparkling ambience that ripples through You Know Me, instantly validating Scottish folk singer Amy Duncan’s decision to embrace a more electronic sound palette. The song’s titular refrain only adds to its calming temperament.
NEW VIEW BY RIVER NELSON
New View is the lead single from River Nelson & AltoBeats upcoming album Like The Sun Didn’t Sink. The reflective lyrics, positive delivery, surging production and gambolling beat all whet the appetite for the full record.
Words: Duncan Haskell