Welcome back for the second edition of inertia fm where we run through music that we’ve been loving for the past month. With no gigs in sight for the foreseeable future we have trawled the online caverns for some of our classic picks, as well as some new and exciting releases. Enjoy!
Shame – Alphabet
A personal favourite of both Charlie and mine, one of my all time favourite gigs was seeing Shame at SWG3 in Glasgow. These guys are class and this recent single lives up to the lofty expectations set after their explosive debut, Songs of Praise. The Brixton band deliver their post-punk inspired sound as crisp as ever with Alphabet. If this single is anything to go by then the sophomore album that fans have been waiting for is a very exciting proposition.
FKA twigs- cellophane
The hyper-talented FKA Twigs released her second album last year and the heart wrenching closing track is still one of the best songs ever, in my opinion. The beautiful ballad was an instant classic for me when it was released and I can’t see myself ever growing tired of the meticulous build up and the raw emotion of the release. The pain of the lyrics and the fervour of the delivery interplay over a relatively simple (by FKA twig’s standard anyway) instrumental backing. This song is all about the vocals and can either lift you up or slam you down depending on how you’re feeling upon listening
Working Men’s Club- Valleys
One of the most exciting bands currently going, Working Men’s Club have taken an even more electronic driven sound on their latest single, Valleys. The tune is said to be the opener on their upcoming debut album, set to be released in October. The album will have been on some people’s minds for some time as the band have been tipped as a promising new voice in British music. I keep finding this track stuck in my head, particularly the infectious disco sounding instrumentals that are so simple yet effective in their delivery. A seriously big tune from a seriously exciting group.
The Libertines – Never Never
Moving in to Ewan’s flat late last month I decided I needed some stuff up on the walls to spruce the room up a bit, and flicking through most of the old posters I’ve kept from over the years I decided my Libertines one would do nicely. I was far too young for The Libertines when they hit the height of their fame, but when I eventually arrived at their discography at the tender age of 15 it seemed pretty clear that they were one of the few bands of the early Noughties indie-rock movement that still stood out as fresh-sounding and original all those years later. Their mangled, punk-y sound is easily recognisable to this day, but this B-side to their hit single Can’t Stand Me Now switches it up with sunnier, tidier tones that pair wonderfully with Pete Docherty’s poetic lyrics.
Richard Coombs – Tammie
Soul music is just brilliant, isn’t it? Does what it says on the tin. Doesn’t matter what kind of mood I’m in, it delivers every time. This song here represents to me the very best that the genre has to offer: unabashed romanticism, joyful lyrics and vocals that just make you feel things. This tune slaps from the get-go, with Coombs sliding on in and acknowledging that, yeah, other women might be attractive to him but he only has eyes for his true love Tammie. I love the spiky drum beat and warm guitar strums that underpin the song, and the chorus just hits all the right notes for me. This gem will always be an all time favourite for me.
Arlo Parks – Hurt
Parks is such a tremendous emerging talent that really deserves a spotlight here. 20 years old and a South London native, her observant poetry and natural knack for marrying it with pensive indie pop melodies is a perfect package for me. She often touches upon complex topics like mental health and young love in her music, treating her subjects with great sensitivity and displaying levels of wisdom that you could easily mistake for being from someone thrice her age. Her latest single Hurt has really grown on me: it’s a gorgeous, shifting mosaic of horns, bass riffs and patterned drumming topped by Parks’ stunning voice. Some tune, and I’m buzzing to see what’s next from her.