[TGIF] How To Group Manoeuvre

A great week is only a great week when it has a great ending. Or eight:

You know the week was good when you got to the end of it with so many good songs to write about that every single one has a distinct style and sonority. This is how to group manoeuvre:

Peter and Kerry – They Know Good (But I Know You)

Peter and Kerry released this week their second comeback single. They Know Good (But I Know You) is a hard-to-decipher-genre indie song but one that perfectly balances sensibility with emotions and melancholy. And oh yes, we dig those so much. The best part about this is probably the way the vocals always seem in charge of everything, as much as this features a beautiful piano, a crescendo melody and, a sort-of-catchy chorus.  Just like those ballads from Daughter and Lucy Rose, this is a proper one, one that speaks to the heart and to the soul.  And the biggest proof of that is the fact that it was immediately turned into a Mahogany session.

Aerialists feat. Emily Millard – Group Manoeuvre II

A different kind of Folk, some may say. The original kind of Folk, we say. Aerialists latest song is what they call a folk song turned post-rock, but in fact is everything folk started to be. Group Manoeuvre II is an instrumental song that can make us dance and feel before featuring any vocals. And when Emily Millard vocals appear they still feel welcome and perfectly in-line with the melody. This is a track that seems written the other way around the expected. Vocals are a secondary element, but by any means a less gorgeous or necessary one. And it is also one of those songs that becomes more part of us the more plays we put on it until it turns special.

mindchatter – blood

Every two weeks mindchatter will drop a new song. At the second one, he already got us. blood is an indietronic song with so much of the hooking elements we love in the fusion genre.  With some simple but efficiently catching vocals, he sets on top of a funky-rock-pop mixture that sounds too good to be true. “I don’t need your love I need your blood just to set me off, I’ll be on my way, I need your blood for when I’m done, leave me the f*** alone“, just like that we are hooked into it. And we don’t want to let it go anymore.

Supercaan – The Bull

Waving between 80’s rock and modern indie-rock, there’s a brand new trio from Birmingham/London making their somehow remarkable deep rock. The Bull is the first song ever released by the band, who has been working on their debut album the past four years, coming out this Spring. It’s understandable that one song is not enough to know the course they’ll take but The Bull already gives us a slight idea of what the band is capable of. The song has all its power on the rhythm, its deepness on the emotional vocals and its surrounding ambient on synths and guitars. The whole combination is what makes us want to listen to it on repeat. In fact, what Greg Milner, Stuart White and Tom Whitfield made here is probably the best indie-rock song you’ll hear today.

RKCB – Till We’re In The Sea

RKCB is probably one of the most exciting dream-pop duos nowadays. After releasing two incredible singles last year (Alone With You Pt. 2 and Know Love) the band enters 2019 with a new single Till We’re In The Sea, accompanied with a video-clip, a song that intends to warn for the climate changes. Taken from their upcoming Shores EP, the song was inspired by a close-up vision of the world around the duo and the relationship with nature. Musically, the track is organic and a bit unexpected in terms of composition, always uplifting with their harmonic vocals which they’ve already got us used to. The lyrics are alarming and they intend to penetrate our mind with key-verses and our soul with their music. What is kind of amazing is how the LA-based duo can be ethereal and abstract and at the same time be direct and real. The EP will be launched next February 22nd and will combine 6 diversified tracks, inspired from Motown to Fleetwood Mac, and all of them alerting for global warming and love, life and death themes.

Jessie Reid – Time Goes By

Time Goes By is the name of Jessie Reid’s debut single. Probably is the first time you’re reading Jessie’s name but this is definitely a name to remember. The singer-songwriter presents us an angelic voice, remembering Lucy Rose or a female Ben Howard, and amazing guitar skills which we got used to by John Butler, creating a unique style, profound, raw and rousing. The result is obviously great and dreaming, Time Goes By is a contradictory tittle as in fact, the song stops the time. More recently the UK singer and songwriter released her second single Stay With Me and both will be part of Reid’s debut EP, expected to be launched this Spring.

Pezzettino – How To

Margaret Stutt is an experienced musician and singer-songwriter born in Wisconsin, now performing under the name of Pezzettino, a character of a children’s book. She is working on her first solo album Resin and to present it she released the first single How To. The track is an amazing build-up, starting with only voice and then incorporating many other elements as the song goes on. The melody is a constant, constantly repeating, not only the melody but part of the lyrics as well. Margaret seems to struggle explaining something, “What I’m saying is what a day to forget how to” and as she’s repeating it the chaos and uncertainty seem to be more evident. How To grows in chaos but is not that chaotic, all the elements engage perfectly on each other and her juvenile and sweet voice balance the song. What apparently is a basic song becomes a complex and stimulating one. Resin came out yesterday (February 8th), so visit her socials to listen to the full album.

Magdalena Bay – Money Lover

Here’s a catchy one for the weekend! Magdalena Bay has been quite active since the beginning of the year and Money Lover is another result of their extreme creativity. The young US duo are highly inspired by the 90’s and electro-pop acts and they don’t intend to make the same music that we’re used to hear, their goal is to be innovative, fun and somehow ironic. Money Lover is exactly that: an ironic view of the capitalist world we live in, an “anti-money” song, they say. The melody is naïve and innocent, such as Mica Tenenbaum’s voice and the beat and instrumental arrangement are dynamic and a mix of revivalism and modernism. This is a song for everyone feeling poor and happy, though. So, literally, join the club and dance!

Have a nice weekend,
WtMM Team