Live shows have returned across the country, welcoming fans back into the world of in-person interaction, sound and vision. A wide array of artists are re-staking their claim to the stage, and here are some of the best releases of the last week to introduce you to new sonic ventures and, possibly, future live shows.
1. Folly Group – Awake And Hungry
Released on So Young records, “Awake And Hungry” is the titular track of one of the most anticipated EPs in the post-punk revival scene this year. Taking influence from the likes of Talking Heads and Killing Joke, Folly Group excel in experimentation and genre-bending bravery.
2. Kelly Lee Owens – Re-Wild (Breaka Remix)
Breaka pulls the more ethereal original version of “Re-Wild” into the dancefloor environment. Electronic percussion is scattered generously throughout and invigorate the track without losing its sense of identity. This is part of Owens’ Inner Song Remix Series, out on May 28th.
3. black midi – Chondromalacia Patella
The final single from their upcoming sophomore album Cavalcade out next Friday, “Chondromalacia Patella” is a wonderfully poised number that slowly mutates into an alluring, violent being. It continues black midi’s dive into combining the sonics of post-punk and jazz to create fresh, interesting new sounds and ideas.
4. Erika de Casier – Secretly
Taken from her acclaimed new album Sensational, “Secretly” is a delicious mix of R&B and lo-fi that offers originality and comfort in equal measure. Sensational is de Casier’s second album and has attracted attention from many in the music scene for its fresh experimentation in pop.
5. Sir Was – Spend A Lifetime
Led by a glistening, descending riff, “Spend A Lifetime” is the new single from Swedish multi-instrumentalist Sir Was. The tones of synth-pop and more modern electronica and lo-fi are brought together expertly in a track that holds a seductively dreamy atmosphere.
6. Artefakt – Chimes At Midnight (Video)
Artefakt’s (Nicken Lapien and Robin Kopek) new video is a feast of hypnotic visuals of luminescent urban life, a fitting companion to their introspective techno single “Chimes At Midnight”, released in late-April. The director, Marc Houle, wanted the video to find “sounds and imagery in everyday life, much the same way you can see animals in the clouds“.
7. Zella Day – Dance For Love
After featuring on Lana Del Reys Chemtrails Over The Country Club, Zella has released “Dance For Love”, an irresistibly uplifting and joyous groover. The track is described as a love song to producer Roy Orbison, with Day summing up the track as a “fan girl tribute” to her hero.