Four New Energetic Tracks To Reboot Your Monday
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever with Write Back
With their album ‘Write Back/Career’ set to drop in April, Melbourne 5-piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have just released their new single Write Back, characterised by their own trademark brand of pop guitar melodies and propulsive rhythm.
Write Back is a fascinating mixture of a chilled alternative surf-rock with an upbeat dance vibe. Don’t be fooled by the guitar’s summery vibes – this song may seem laid-back but it doesn’t slow down for a second. The bass guitar is the unsung hero of the piece, keeping everything together with only a few notes. From there, the song is built on a classic foundation of a strong beat and interesting guitar rhythms, punctuated by charming imperfections. Its slightly off-centre melody keeps it feeling loose and relaxed, but never lazy. Don’t miss your chance to catch the fever when ‘Write Back/Career’ comes out on April 16.
PHIA with Do You Ever?
In her new music video for Do You Ever?, Melbournian alt-pop singer PHIA fits the girl-next-door archetype perfectly in her jeans and white T-shirt, but don’t be fooled – there’s nothing predictable about her music. Do You Ever? has all the quirks and charm of a Kimbra song with that extra electronic kick to get you out of bed in the morning.
The kalimba’s glassy tones stand out from beginning to end, giving the song a dreamy quality to go with PHIA’s unique vocal stylings. A subdued first verse leaves plenty of room for growth, and as the song goes on subtle harmonies, vocal accents, and familiar nursery rhyme lyrics add strange and wonderful colours to the canvas. Following a stripped-back bridge, the beat intensifies for a third chorus before this technicolour pop song retreats back into its crisp, white shell. The kalimba, electronic percussion, and vocal accents are like peanut butter and jelly: they each work well on their own, but together, they’re kind of magical.
Bleached with Wednesday Night Melody
Fans of a classic rock anthem will love Wednesday Night Melody, the new track from LA trio Bleached. The song is reminiscent of punk princess Avril Lavigne’s formative years filled with angst-ridden black and red ensembles.
Wednesday Night Melody demonstrates the beauty of simplicity with the timeless combination of guitar, drums, and powerful vocals. The strong, clean vocals in the first verse are maintained throughout the song, and subtle harmonies prove an extremely effective way to brighten up the heavy instrumentation. With several key changes woven through the track, Wednesday Night Melody will keep you on your toes, demonstrating that simple methods of changing things up have never gone out of style. Bleached will release their new album ‘Welcome The Worms’ on April 1.
FKA Twigs with Good To Love
For English songstress FKA Twigs a.k.a Tahliah Debrett Barnett, simplicity has proven a failsafe musical strategy. Barnett has the vocal ability that allows her to strip the music right back, and she does just that with her new track Good To Love.
If the incredible purity of the opening vocal lines doesn’t entrance you, it might just absolve your sins. Barnett’s Ellie Goulding-style soprano voice stars in this simple track against the electronic backing, whilst additional synthesiser notes in the chorus give the song extra rhythm and drive. This song is different because it de-emphasises musical progression and development – instead, it’s about the feeling the music can deliver and, of course, Barnett’s angelic vocal performance. Good To Love is perfect for clearing your head – it delivers a different aural experience to anything else on the radio, without the complicated lyrics. Catch Barnett’s performance of Good To Love on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this Wednesday, and check out the video below.