I want to give Click Music a more personal touch. So from now on, most of it will be conducted in first person. How pretentious, right?
Anyway… I’m updating this playlist on Brits Night. Firstly, for the sake of humanity, I hope Slowthai isn’t on the invite list. It’s sickening that the inquest after last week’s ‘incident’ ended after, well, 12 hours? If that? In truth, it is entirely resemblant of industry wide misogyny and male entitlement. Not the first time and definitely not the last.
Secondly, I remember writing a year ago that the party was not at the O2 but in the independent venues of London. The music scene back then was so bright. It still is, of course, but it’s saddening that there is no viable alternative to the pre decided industry love-in, gigs in the capital seem sparse this evening to say the least. How about an anti-Brits, pro-independence gathering this time next year?
Anyway, here’s this week’s best new tracks:
The Blinders – Circle Song
I like the ‘Circle Song.’ Musically intriguing, it creates clever imagery with long winded metaphors and well developed lyrics. Yes, the natural twang of The Blinders remains, but there is a newfound sense of maturity. A more developed musical direction so to speak.
Whilst Columbia was a favourite amongst fans, it is clear that the Doncaster formed band are pushing forward in earnest. “If it wasn’t for Bowie, who’d know about the Norfolk broads” might be one of the most exciting musical lines of the sprauchle (look it up) twenties. There is a sense of unknowingness, one which suits a band well routed in dystopian imagery. If tracks like ‘Swine’ and ‘ICB Blues’ resemble Orwellian licks like 1984, then the ‘Circle Song’ is far more intricate. It has Hunter S. Thompson qualities.
Enough of the lazy literature comparisons… I am looking forward to Fantasies of a Stay at Home Psychopath, if not just for its title. ‘Circle Song’ shows great promise, a fitting soundtrack to a decade beginning with such decadence.
Hannah Cohen – Get In Line
I’m not really a religious person, but if it were Hannah Cohen’s voice which played at the gates of heaven then, quite frankly, I’d be pretty content. Her third album Welcome Home is like an ethereal dream, a unique aura of tranquility.
‘Get In Line’ is one of its more pleasurable, confident listens. Hazy guitar and echoey voice creates an entrancing melody. I urge you to listen to the entirety of Welcome Home, my favourite release in all of 2019.
J. Laser – Sunshine
I came across J.Laser’s ‘Sunshine’ in an article via The Zine. I love finding recommendations from other like minded music sites, thats the essence of our community! ‘Sunshine’ is like T-Rex meeting Mini Mansions in a recording studio in San Diego. The lazy man would compare it to the summer, I instead reckon it mimics a November Friday night in Dalston superstore, the upstairs bit of course.
Its 2020 and we all still love a good synth, but Laser, real name Jordan Lawlor, takes it one step further. It is more intricate than its contemporaries, with real imagery and expressive chorus. Its imagery focuses on the prosthetic lights of venues and bars alike. And, as we all know, whats more surreal than the wide yet dim-lit streets of Los Angeles, his place of residence.
I like this, a lot. And there’s plenty more to come with ten new songs scheduled for 2020. Blimey, there’s more output in Lawlor than the societal contribution of most of our country’s politicians!
THIS WEEK IN MUSIC:
Hero of the week: Dave
Using the national platform to push for what is right, good grief how guitar music needs someone like Dave right now.
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