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Video of the Moment #2870: Estrons

 
By on Monday, 16th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Imogen Forte

Welsh punk rockers Estrons‘ latest is some pretty powerful materials. Single ‘Lilac’ grabbed BBC presenter Huw Stephens’ imagination so well, he ended up playing it twice in a row on his Radio 1 programme! As has been seen (and heard) from the group in the past, Tali Källström’s visceral vocals are a perfect match to guitarist Rhodri Daniel’s cutting axe lines. It’s a song exuding confidence, perfect ahead of their many summer festival appearances this summer and high-profile support slots in Manchester and Nottingham in September with the legendary, also female-fronted Garbage. To read our past coverage on Estrons, including my coverage of them at SXSW 2016, through here.

 

Single Review: Woodes – Change My Mind

 
By on Monday, 16th July 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

The Melbourne, Australia-based singer/songwriter and producer Woodes began the new year with the release of second EP ‘Golden Hour’, the follow-up to her highly praised 2016 self-titled debut EP. More recently, the indie artist has been showcasing her talent in newly released single ‘Change My Mind’. Considering her previous work has been endorsed by streaming giant Spotify and caught the attention of scream queen Emma Roberts, the single has a lot to live up to.

Just as the lyrics suggest (“caught me by surprise…”), the opening verse does indeed surprise you after the gentle and atmospheric intro. Woodes’ vocals burst into the song accompanied by a syncopated, lo-fi drumbeat. Her signature vocals are immediately the star of the show, surely a production choice: it is a good one. Her vocal tone defines Woodes from other female indie artists such as LP or Sigrid. Characterised by a perfect mix of soft and staccato inflections, her vocals shine past all elements of the accompaniment. The lead vocals have been enriched by several layers of backing vocals that dip in and out of the song, echoing the lyrics. The placement of the backing vocals and the reverb effects that have been put on them have created a dream-like effect, these effects are reflected by numerous synths in the heavily-layered choruses. This dreamy, silky smooth texture brings out the richer tones in Woodes’ vocals, contrasting earlier tracks like ‘Origami’.

The lyrics present a fresh take on the basic theme of relationships, focusing on one that is past its best by date. There is a sense of female empowerment in the chorus where Woodes sings, “You could go and change my mind”, leaving the hard work of fixing a relationship to her partner. How refreshing. Although Woodes doesn’t opt for the copout ‘my heart is broken’ route that so many artists do when writing about love, there is a need for melodic and lyrical growth in ‘Change My Mind’ that she does not fulfill. As if in parallel, the lyrics, melody and accompaniment remain fairly unchanged throughout, and although these elements are all well-written, they become flat and need a change-up. Maybe the addition of a bridge with a little excitement in it could resolve this? However, even as is, Woodes has met her own high standards on ‘Change Your Mind’ and produced a worthy track.

8/10

Woodes’ new single ‘Change My Mind’ is out now. To read TGTF’s past coverage on Woodes, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2869: Ibeyi

 
By on Thursday, 12th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Hard to believe, but Ibeyi‘s sophomore album ‘Ash’ came out last winter, back when we had cold weather. You can read Carrie’s review of the sisters’ long player effort through here. This week, they have for us a gorgeous video for album track ‘Transmission/Michaelion’, which features Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, a sample from the audiobook Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and an excerpt from The Diary of Frida Kahlo read out by the twins’ own mother Maya Dagnino. The girls’ profiles are superimposed over a visual of what has become known as the most isolated tree on Earth and celestial scenes. Deliciously different. Watch the new video below. ‘Ash’ is available now on XL Recordings. For all of our past coverage on Ibeyi, including their appearances at SXSW 2015, can be accessed through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2868: Kodaline

 
By on Wednesday, 11th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Back in the spring, we shared with you Kodaline’s then latest new material, ‘Follow Your Fire’. Watch the video for it through here. This week, the Dublin foursome have more new music for us, this time to preview their upcoming album out next month. Single ‘Shed a Tear’ is a taster to ‘Politics of Living’, which will drop on the 10th of August on Sony Music. Unlike ‘Follow Your Fire’, this new one is more soulful, described well as “gospel-tinged” on the press release. The instrumentation booms, while Steve Garrigan’s lead vocal is simultaneously bombastic and inspiring. Watch the music video for ‘Shed a Tear’ below, and stay tuned for ‘Politics of Living’, merely a month away now. For all of our coverage on Kodaline, which goes back quite a long way (!), go here.

 

Single Review: SG Lewis feat. Clairo – Better

 
By on Wednesday, 11th July 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

SG Lewis is not your garden-variety DJ. Probably the best description I’ve read on him is from this i-D article from last year, penned by former Heartbreaks singer Matthew Whitehouse, no less: “bit like if Bon Iver had gone to university in Liverpool and discovered club culture through a night out at Chibuku.” Though he is most famous through high-profile collaborations with soul singer Ray BLK, rapper Dave and decidedly not urban at all singer/songwriter and friend JP Cooper, it should be noted that Lewis is no slouch in the songwriting department. He’s a producer who when given the task of coming up with a tune, he gives as much thought to the nuts and bolts of the songwriting as he does to the production needed to make it a dance floor banger.

Last week, he released new single ‘Better’, which stars the topline lyrics and voice of Clairo, a 19-year old Bostonian YouTube sensation. The two had a chance meeting in Los Angeles to write together and the rest, as they say, is history. The pop song is a true 21st century creation: Lewis was quick to give credit on Facebook to his two cosongwriters, Montreal via Vancouver Juno-winning beat producer Pomo and guitarist Danny McKinnon. The song is pure summer, full of handclaps and the production remarkably simple on purpose, as Lewis explains, “I kept the beat unquantized from the jam as I felt like it gave the record an old disco feel.”

Uncluttered and with this old school feel, your ears naturally focus on Clairo’s vibe-y vocals and the spare backbeat that effortlessly accompanies her. The lyrics are from well trod on, but always welcome pop territory: Clairo sings of unrequited, or at least thwarted love. As I’m sure some of you know, this kind of love can be difficult to accept, especially when you know it can never be, even if all you want is to be close to someone you care about: “I know it isn’t right / you creep into the night / maybe you want a friend / maybe not in this life / why is it so hard, hard to please you / all I wanted was you in the room”. ‘Better’ may not be the flashiest pop entry of 2018, but it’s wonderful proof that songwriting is more important than all the bells and whistles in the world.

8.5/10

‘Better’ by SG Lewis and featuring the vocal talents of Clairo, is out now on PMR / Virgin EMI. Back in April, Lewis released ‘Dusk’, six tracks that represent the first part of a three-part album. Stay tuned for ‘Dark’ and ‘Dawn’ to follow later this year.

 

Video of the Moment #2867: Youngr

 
By on Tuesday, 10th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Son of Kid Creole Dario Darnell, aka Youngr, was one of my favourite discoveries at SXSW 2017. The multi-instrumentalist signed to Island Records has largely spent his time on the road since, culminating in his writing of the single ‘Lost in Translation’. To make the promo video for the song, he decided to enlist members of the public to participate in a supposed social experiment to communicate with another person but without speech. Then they turned the song on and told the participants to move however the mood took them. Described as ‘pop-funk’ on the press release, ‘Lost in Translation’ is an exuberant dance number that lets the charismatic Youngr be the ringmaster of a whole lot of fun. Watch the colourful video for it below. Want to read our past pieces on the artist? Go here.

 
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