New Releases! Fresh off the Splendour weekend we’ve collected some great tunes from Pond, The Goon Sax, Angie McMahon as well as Tamworth’s Charlie Collins. And, just to round out it all out, come four fresh film clips to some existing favs courtesy of Frankie Cosmos, The Rolling Blackouts C.F., Stonefield and the Arctic Monkeys.
ARCTIC MONKEYS – TRANQUILLITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO (DOMINO)
Alex Turner’s tech paranoia swirls in a cocktail of cutup lyrics and Vegas grandeur. It spills outward across a mosaic of the LA sound, a narcotic swirl into Doors organ lines and the tangled thoughts hitting somewhere toward down-on-his-luck Mind Games Lennon. Al swaggers through it like Sinatra but then maybe not he’s always had the sway. “Mark speaking…”
FRANKIE COSMOS – DUET (SUB POP/INERTIA)
If popular culture teaches anything it’s that affection for magically-came-to-life dummies never leads to a happy ending. Warning: They’ll tear your heart to shreds. None the less Frankie Cosmos’ Greta Kline takes the fall in this latest clip. But then what is Frankie Cosmos but the dreaming of a hopeless romantic?
STONEFIELD – VISIONS (FLIGHTLESS)
These sisters continue to thunder with righteous cause of heavy rock.
GOON SAX – MAKE TIME 4 LOVE (CHAPTER)
‘Make Time 4 Love’ finds Louis Forster adrift in social anxiety and torn of heart. Lyrics articulate perfectly the feeling of being in-between, burning on something but knowing not exactly what. All of it plays out over the Sax typical hotbed of musical charm.
ROLLING BLACKOUTS C.F. - TIME IN COMMON (IVY LEAGUE)
Since it’s dropped back in June, The Blackouts' Hope Downs has continued to pay dividends.
CHARLIE COLLINS – WISH YOU WERE HERE (MIRROR RECORDS)
Hailing from Tamworth Charlie’s vocals sound naturally touched with a little country. But weaving into the influence of War On Drugs they find alchemy. Spot on the sound without ringing hollow she cruises in that same melancholy-meets-euphoric haze.
POND – BURNT OUT STAR (SPINNING TOP)
Listening to a POND can often leave the impression of a band trying to put everything across all at once. Their latest synth heavy iteration is no different. But before you can say, “Wha?” ‘Burnt’ has already cut into blissful psychedelic ascension.
ANGIE MCMAHON – KEEPING TIME (THIS MUCH TALENT)
McMahon has always sounded to be conjuring a little Florence Welch in her voice. This latest track brings this influence fully to bear. Lurking gloom bursts into radiant vocal highs.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald