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.
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT ‘IF I LIED’
I’m sad this week because my laptop is on the fritz. It shouldn’t come as a surprise seeing as I’ve had it for five years now, but its slow march towards digital death feels like I’m losing a friend. It was a present for my 18th birthday, a shiny silver Macbook Pro just like the ones I’d seen on the adverts – it was perfect, and new, and all mine. I’d never had my own laptop before. It represented a weird kind of autonomy for me, and it became the tool I used for most things, from essay writing to talking to friends online. During my time at university, my laptop became an instrument, capable of creating sounds as haunting and beautiful as any analogue instrument. It didn’t come with the baggage that regular instruments have; anyone can teach themselves to produce, to sample, to chop and screw beats. I’m writing now on that same laptop, saving my work every few minutes in case it turns itself off without warning, as it has been doing since yesterday. Maybe it’s time for me to start embracing the analogue. In that spirit, here is some truly analogue music courtesy of Los Angeles Police Department, AKA Ryan Pollie, who has dropped the new single ‘If I Lied‘, ahead of the release of a new self-titled album later this month. Fragile vocals are enveloped by gently strummed guitar and simple percussion, giving a sense of vulnerability akin to artists like Connor Oberst and Sufjan Stevens. Even if your laptop isn’t on its last legs, unplug, unwind, and immerse yourself in this subtle acoustic track. Enjoy.
NO VACATION ‘MIND FIELDS’
Last night I watched the brilliant new mockumentary ‘Carnage‘ from comedy heartthrob Simon Amstell, who I have been in love with since his long running tenure as host of Never Mind The Buzzcocks. ‘Carnage’ is a vegan black comedy, set in utopian 2067, where everybody is vegan and animals are free to roam the countryside, after advances in technology have allowed humans to interpret the thoughts and feelings of animals. By the end of the film, my own vegetarianism seemed like a complete cop out considering the cruelty of the dairy and egg industries. Which means I will likely be going vegan in the near future – breaking up with dairy for good. Whoever you are, whether you eat meat or not, definitely watch this film, because it’s not only informative, but hilarious at the same time. You will laugh and cry in equal measure. And maybe, you might think twice before ordering that latte from Costa. I know I will. In the spirit of break ups, today’s Track Of The Day is ‘Mind Fields’ from San Fransisco based band No Vacation, a track inspired by the end of a relationship (with a person I’m assuming, rather than milk). Dreamy vocals are complimented by hazy guitar riffs, tight percussion, and gauzy synths, with a strong DIY bedroom pop aesthetic throughout. Complete with a false ending leading into a bass driven reprise of the chorus, this is the perfect track to listen to whilst contemplating past loves. Like boyfriends and girlfriends. Or cheese.
LIANA BANK$ ‘GHOST’
Turns out going vegan isn’t that easy, even if you are a long term vegetarian (who knew). I never considered myself a big consumer of dairy products, but it turns out the sneaky little buggers are hiding in everything (whey protein I’m looking at you). It’s also really easy to forget about the whole lifestyle change thing – I ordered a coffee yesterday without even thinking. I guess for now, I’m looking at a ‘flegan’ diet, i.e. a ‘flexible vegan’ diet, whereby I try my best not to consume any animal products, however, if someone invites me round their house for dinner, I’m not gonna be a dick and turn my nose up at a meal that contains a little milk – cooking for vegetarians seems to be a massive stretch for meat-eaters, let’s not confuse them any more than necessary. I’d love to go full on hardcore, militant vegan in the future, when I have a little more money to spend on dairy alternatives, nutritional yeast, and hemp clothes. To ease my very guilty conscience, I’m making homemade pesto today sans the parmesan. It’s the little things you know. Speaking of the little things, today’s Track Of The Day is all about the details, slight lags in a drumbeat, samples in the background, and tight vocal harmonies; ‘Ghost‘ is the new single from New York’s Liana Bank$, the lime green haired musician taking the alternative RnB world by storm. Taken from her upcoming ATP 210 EP, ‘Ghost‘ is a shuffling freestyle, supported by haunting vibraphone in an almost bossanova rhythm, with lagging beats, and spooky vocal harmony. Ingenious samples of social media notifications are woven into the mix as she sings about floating up to a party, ‘causing a commotion’ and then leaving as quickly as she turned up – like a ghost. Enjoy.
Stay tuned for next week’s picks!