These are the tracks we were digging this week at New Moons HQ. Check out our New Moons Weekly Mixtape playlist on Spotify, updated every week with our favourite new music.
SOCCER MOMMY ‘BE SEEING YOU’
Here is a wonderfully summery piece of lo fi indie pop for you today, courtesy of NYC artist Soccer Mommy. ‘Be Seeing You‘ is a track about the fear of losing someone important, and the feelings of insecurity and sadness that come about when relationships fall into turmoil. Gently strumming guitar laden with dreamy 7th chords are the perfect base for Sophie Allison’s vocal to swim lazily above, with crashing cymbal heavy drums upping the emotional ante. According to the band’s Bandcamp, the track was written for someone called Julian – whoever he is he should count himself lucky to be the muse for such honest and endearing songwriting.
MT. MARCY ‘YOU SHOULD BE HERE’
I’m kind of wishing that I knew about Mt. Marcy yesterday, as his latest track ‘You Should Be Here‘, is the perfect song to listen to on a walk and get lost in. The man behind the project, Jack Follansbee had found himself uninspired by the world of electronic music when he decided to venture into the world of lo-fi beat making, using J Dilla style samples with fuzzy percussion to create an ethereal sound world. Whilst short, ‘You Should Be Here‘ takes the listener on a journey, as detuned synths, bouncy keys and shuffling beats are layered one by one, creating a feeling of movement and fluidity throughout the track. RnB inspired keyboard riffs hark back to the music of the early 90’s, whilst the grungy production keeps the music sounding fresh and current, playing on the trend for nostalgia in modern pop culture. With one foot in the past and one firmly in the future, it looks like lo fi hip hop could well be the sound of 2017.
KWAYE ‘COOL KIDS’
Here’s some super summery pop courtesy of rising star Kwaye, who has recently released a colourful new video for his single ‘Cool Kids’. Full to the brim with 80’s style synths in chorus heavy dissonance, this track is danceable and energetic, showcasing Kwaye’s affected vocal harmony and propensity for writing intricate and textured music. Synth slides and jangly guitar throw a summery vibe into the mix, which will no doubt make this track a popular choice for pool party DJ’s from LA to London. Check out the cool new video below:
ART SCHOOL JOCKS ‘JUST A GWEN’
Every girl who has walked somewhere on their own will know the series of precautions we take to avoid danger. Wearing your hood up to look like as much as an amorphous blob as possible, clutching your keys between your knuckles to create a makeshift weapon, attaching a rape alarm to your keychain, or quickening your pace when you feel someone lurking behind you. You might make a phone call, real or imaginary, or use an app to allow your friends to track your progress. Leaving a party to a chorus of ‘text me when you’re home’ is standard practise, as is well meaning male friends offering to walk you home, safe in the knowledge that their presence is enough to deter would be cat-callers or attackers – don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful when this happens. But ‘safety in numbers’ is not the only thing at play here – walking with a man sends a signal to would be cat-callers or harassers; that you are ‘off limits’. In other words, you already belong to a different man. If you don’t believe that is the case, then speak to the women in your life and ask them if they have ever had to ‘play the boyfriend card’ to escape unwanted sexual attention from someone who doesn’t respond to a polite ‘no thanks’. It’s funny that, a lot of men in my life didn’t always believe that this kind of street harassment is so widespread, because it happens far less frequently when you are accompanied by a guy. I’ve never really been subject to unwanted advances when out and about with my partner, but when walking to and from my former workplace alone last year (a five minute walk up a main road), it became annoyingly frequent. As women, we are told from a young age to take extra precautions that our male counterparts are not – don’t walk anywhere alone, don’t get into a taxi alone, don’t go out at night, don’t wear short skirts out and about, don’t get drunk – all these things make you more vulnerable to attacks. The thing is, if we taught boys from a young age to treat women with respect, we wouldn’t have to say these things to girls – it’s degrading to suggest that men cannot control their urges to commit assault if they see a woman wearing a miniskirt, just as it is degrading to suggest that a woman’s choice of clothing could provoke an attack. (And if you think women’s clothing is no longer an equality issue, just take a look at the Daily Mail’s now infamous ‘Legsit’ cover from a few days ago). This inequality is something that Atlanta pop band Art School Jocks know all too well, as demonstrated by their latest single ‘Just A Gwen‘. With lyrics like ‘carry your keys between your knuckles / you never know who’s trying to follow you home / smile back and say you’re sorry / you shouldn’t be out this late alone’ sung in lead guitarist and singer Dianna Settles grungy vocal, there’s . Guitar that is equal parts surf and grunge harks back to Riot Grrrl pioneers like Bikini Kill, albeit with a more languid delivery – it’s angry, no doubt about it, but it’s anger that’s dripping in sarcasm, faux sweetness, and boredom; how many times has she been told these things before? So next time you’re walking alone at night, stick this on and let your eyes roll so back into your head you can see your brain. Enjoy.
BANTUG ‘JUST LIKE A DREAM’
I’ve always been the kind of person who gets uncontrollable giggles. The kind of face-reddening, mouth-contorting, eye-watering giggles that get you in trouble at school when the teacher is telling you off. Not that I ever really got told off at school because I was a bit of a swot. Nevertheless, I had to stop wearing mascara to my history lessons where I sat next to my best friend, because without fail, I would leave with long black streams of makeup down my face from laughing so hard. I get the giggles at work when it’s quiet. I get the giggles on the train when another passenger does something strange. If my boyfriend falls over/gets stuck in train doors/does something awkward, I point and laugh openly (which he thinks is mean for some reason). The reason I’m going on about this is because this morning I watched a video that really made me laugh and I wanted to share it with all of you. Youtube user Big Quint has become notorious for releasing reaction videos, in which he plays new music for the first time and films his initial response – and they are hilarious. Most recently uploaded was his reaction to Kendrick Lamar’s new single ‘Humble’, which dropped yesterday, and it is well worth watching – to cut a long story short, he gets so excited that he breaks his chair. I love seeing people react to music in this way – dancing as a visceral reaction rather than in an attempt to look cool or sexy – it’s just joyful on so many levels. I can only hope that today’s Track Of The Day will elicit a similar reaction in all of you. ‘Just Like A Dream‘ is the new single from Nashville-based artist Bantug, a dreamy pop track full of 80’s inspired synth hits, affected electric drums, and lighter than air vocals. Inspired by someone close to her, Bantug said of the track was about ‘not being able to catch a break’ and the ‘realisation that almost everything that comes your way will eventually disappear, but also can come right back to you in some way’. Enjoy, and try not to break any chairs.
GINGER SNAPS ‘NUMBER CRUNCHING’
Following the release of the hugely successful ‘Phat Kids’, New Moons artistGinger Snaps is back with with a raucous new single ‘Number Crunching’, released on the 17th March 2017 via Killing Moon. Ginger Snaps are the multi-instrumentalist, writing and production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons from Northampton. Whilst also being a main writing team for the Radio X play-listed OhBoy!, Jay & Lee have spent time in their Northampton Lab cooking up a brand new sound. Continuing their flair for off kilter indie pop, Ginger Snaps’ latest release ‘Number Crunching’ is a catchy, retro inspired, pop track with singable hooks, jangly 60’s style guitar, and a groove-laden rhythm section, providing the perfect setting for Jay’s gritty vocals.
Stayed tuned for next week’s picks!