Quite a bit happened in the last week, didn’t it? Paul Simon announced his farewell tour, Kylie Jenner revealed her super famous baby, and the Superbowl overshadowed everything else. Here are a few songs that might have slipped through the woodwork in all the comotion…
Pale Waves – The Tide
With their catchy indie-pop hooks, close relationship and of course the Matty Healy factor, Pale Waves are one of those bands that you just know aren’t too far from hitting the big time. New single ‘The Tide’, set to be included on upcoming EP All The Things I Never Said, sees the band serve up another solid offering.
For the most part, ‘The Tide’ remains true to the dream-pop-meets-goth sound that is fast becoming the band’s signature. It’s the lyrics, though, that are the real highlight. When taking into account that this is the first song Heather Baron-Gracie and Ciara Doran wrote together, the lyrics ‘I’ll be the sea honey/Always, always/And you’ll be the tide’ take on a lot more poignance, the emotion in Baron-Gracie’s voice clearly observable. Perhaps not an instant classic, but a good addition to a young band’s burgeoning back catalogue.
Words by Adam England
Insecure Men – I Don’t Wanna Dance (with My Baby)
An amalgamation no one really expected before 2015, Saul Adamczewski of Fat White fame and Childhood’s Ben Romans-Hopcraft take shape as a band with a lot of experience behindthem, but just shy of a supergroup.
‘I Don’t Wanna Dance (with My Baby)’ begins with a keyboard drum-track from the 1980s, setting a tone of DIY, tongue-in- cheek, good old-fashioned fun. Each synthesised noise that enters the fray is just as whimsical as the last, each melody catchier than the common cold, but there’s never any sense of over-exertion or even a slight quickening of the pulse as the tune sidles along, unabashed of its own ease.
From the instrumental onwards the song is unstoppable, the horn section arrives and
there’s no going back. At its most joyful it might as well be speaking to the listener
subliminally, “Enjoy me…” it whispers, “…bask in my loveliness…” Oh, go on then.
Words by Maddy Hardman
The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
After stunning the world with fourth studio album Damn in 2017, Kendrick Lamar’s latest project Black Panther: The Soundtrack sounds like it will be just as outstanding.
Collaborating with The Weeknd, ‘Pray for Me’ carries an alluring trance beat as the Canadian cries out about who is going to save and pray for him. Lamar’s second verse rap brings the track up a peg as the aggressive bars about the growing social injustices in modern day America are chilling yet astonishingly accurate.
Lamar’s efforts with the soundtrack so far have given the latest Marvel instalment a brand new perspective. ‘Pray for Me’ is not only just perfect for cinematic purposes, but signifies a new musical chapter for both Lamar and The Weeknd.
Words by Hayley Millross
The Streets – If You Ever Need to Talk I’m Here
Up until October of 2017, there had been no new material from The Midlands lads for us fans to drool over since 2011. But this year brings new hope; with a UK tour commencing in April, if we all pray for a new album to be bopping in our ears real soon, maybe, just maybe it’ll happen sooner.
‘If You Ever Need to Talk I’m Here’ slots back into Mike Skinners Reebok Classic footprint. Intrinsic, yet in-your-face word play with a snare-y morose beat is something The Streets have become synonymous with; enter the smooth synths and it’s like they’ve never been away.
Surely to go under the mainstream radar, all fans of The Streets will be rejoicing at new material; especially those who managed to snag tickets for tour, you c***s.
Words by Andrew Shelley
Soccer Mommy – Cool
Soccer Mommy’s debut album Clean is set for release on March 2nd. Those wondering what the hell it holds in store had best listen to Sophie Allison’s latest single under the maternal guise, ‘Cool’.
Nothing says cool like these lethargic riffs, but Allison’s gentle sweetness somehow sits comfortably over the top like pineapple on pizza. “Mary has a heart of coal / she’ll break you down and eat you whole” is Soccer Mommy’s introduction to the enviable focus of the track, sung with apparent apathy unrefelcted in the Wheatus-like 3-minute high-school flick.
From the way Mary’s misandry is described, the moments Soccer Mommy’s adoration for the character are in doubt are few and far between, save for the chorus “I wanna know her like you / I wanna be that cool”. Envy is a deadly sin, but the closer we come to Soccer Mommy’s debut, the more it’s encouraged for the sake of an album of ‘Cool’ contemporaries.
Words by Rupert Taylor
Iggy Azalea – Saviour
Iggy Azalea’s ‘Saviour’ is at best disposable. The only thing the track excels at is being quite possibly dullest pop song ever written, with Azalea lethargically mumbling over a middle-of-the-road house beat in her typical half-sung-half-rapped fashion, whilst featurette Quavo provides the ubiquitous masculine echoing of the track’s title throughout.
‘Saviour’ is a song that tries so very hard to be a club banger, but falls short given that there is nothing remotely interesting about it. Perhaps if the lyrics had any element of female empowerment or individuality whatsoever the track would be in some way meaningful, but instead, Iggy Azalea has opted to apply the upsettingly standard “girl-needs-boy-to-be-complete” formula that should have been left in the 20th century.
‘Saviour’ is a waste of time, and will surely be lost forever amongst the sea of corporate pop garbage before the end of the month.
Words by Lucas Eveleigh