Thank God is Friday! Well, not quite, but as the weekend still has some hours left, and as musica should fit all purposes and days, here our six songs to make it all better. Six songs intercalating indie-pop, indie-rock and bits of indietronic. Have a very nice Sunday:
The Fontaines – Vacant
Exploring the frontiers of retro-pop and indie-rock, The Fontaines keep exploring their strange but fascinating catchiness with their new single Vacant. And the best demonstration of how good the song is, is how much Charlotte voice keeps echoing in our heads in this sort of pop-stepping number. Vacant is about a guy seducing girls with low self-esteem, and because of that, it is perhaps strange how much we can sing it out-loud.
Benji Lewis – For You
Benji Lewis came out with Drift after a one-year gap and just one month later he is now singing For You. The track begins with two notes played on a smooth and relaxing piano while his voice lulls us. I feel my heart / it skips a beat, as he starts, but he goes so softly that in fact we almost hear his heart while he feels it. He sings for you and it actually feels like he’s singing on our ear, for each one of us. Then he drops this chill-ambient beat involving us in a peaceful moment full of nothing and it feels great! This is a perfect song to put and end on this week to forget all the problems.
Oh Wonder – Lifetimes
It’s known by everyone that Oh Wonder don’t know how to do a bad song (and the ones who doupt about it should listen to their debut album again). Yesterday they’ve prove it once again. After a perfect debut album -and as they sing Flashback to a year ago-, they are now releasing singles from time to time (this is the second one). It’s like they are teasing their fans, and we, are feeling it. Lifetimes seems to be a bit different, although the chorus keeps following the same kind of alt-pop/indietronic with their great vocal harmonies. The verses are way more pop-rock: vibrating, restless and counting with an awesome guitar riff remembering the pop-rock from the beginnig of this century. While Josephine’s voice still is mesmerising, in Lifetimes it’s Anthony’s time to shine.
Meadowlark – Postcards
Much like Oh Wonder, Meadowlark have been on our favourites list since the first release back in 2015. And in some way we’ve also wanted to put them one after the other in a playlist (because it just makes sense). Postcards is Meadowlark latest single, and gives its name to their super anticipated debut album (30th June), and homages the messages we never sent to some special people in our lives. Slow beat, gentle vocals, inspiring lyrics. Once again this is as easy to love as possible.
Glass Caves – SWIM
This Leeds-based alt-rock group, Glass Caves, is another proof that Britpop is in good hands. SWIM gets more and more power in its crescendo. Carried by the vocals and drums that gives it a misterious environment, the song builds-up a rock climax until in fact it goes pop. In a surprisingly good way. We can probably place it somewhere between Robie Williams and U2, even if that combination sounds amazingly unexpected. Although they remember this day in December, this is a song to be heard all summer long so you can shout outloud while enjoying your warm summer days: “This is what life is meant to be“.
Ella Vos – 00000 Million (Bon Iver cover) / White Noise (acoustic)
In Where the Music Meets it’s not very frequent to post about covers. But there are exceptions for which we cannot fully keep that sort of rule. Ella Vos double release for Spotify mixes an acoustic version of her debut single, the hauntingly beautiful White Noise, and pushes it forward with a cover of Bon Iver‘ 00000 Million. One where she really makes it her own. More than what we ever thought would be possible to make a Justin Vernon song sound someone else’s. This is marvellous stuff, and one of our weeks highlights.