Tracks Of The Week, 16.10.15

Giving us a taste of their forthcoming debut album Few More Days To Go, Fufanu’s ‘Now’ is an insight into just how exciting their album will be. Whilst the band started off making techno tunes, it’s tricky to imagine them doing anything other than gloomy post-punk, just because they’re SO good at it.

‘Now’ is looming; it’s dark and menacing, mixing their unquestionable post-punk sound with a sort of future punk. With accompanying lyrics like “go on and make me cry”, ‘Now’ is a peek not only into the gloomy world of Fufanu’s songs, but into the genius of their songwriting.

It’s a gloomy world you can’t help but want to be part of. It’s hypnotic and cool, their Icelandic edge making it somehow even cooler. Fufanu’s decision to ditch the Macbooks and pick up the guitars may have been one of the best decisions in music to date.

Few More Days To Go is out on 27 November via One Little Indian.

Combining the ’90s grunge elements with a Britpop swagger and bounciness, Wardance just ooze cool. With  jagged vocals yelling “You got me dancing like a circus bear/but nobody’s laughing and nobody cares”, new track ‘Free Radicals’ embodies the cynical nonchalance of the 90s bands Wardance no doubt take influence from, but injected with a new lease of life.

‘Free Radicals’ is raucous; it’s loud and punchy, the first indication that Wardance are about to burst on the scene and make sure absolutely everyone knows about it. Luckily, this is no bad thing, and I doubt it will be long before Wardance are leading the grunge resurgance.

Wardance’s self-titled debut EP is out now.

‘Pentagrams’, one of two tracks from Manchester psych-rock trio Déjà Vega due to be released in November, is a one stop lesson in exactly how pysch-rock should be done. It starts off with a calm ambience, luring you into a false sense of serenity. But, be warned – serenity isn’t what Déjà Vega are about. Nor is it what they do best. And it’s when ‘Pentagrams’ truly gets underway, full chaos ensuing, that the track really gets good.

‘Pentagrams’ is raucous, fuzzy and anthemic; it’s sharp both in sound and in skill. It’s proof that Déjà Vega know what songwriting is about. It’s psych-rock at its finest.

‘Pentagrams’, along with ‘Skeletons in the Florist’, will be released on 6 November.

As Estrons singer Taliesyn Källström sums up ‘Make A Man’: “It’s the story of a heterosexual female’s battle between desiring a man, whilst simultaneously finding herself having little respect for his self-important ego and misogynistic attitude to women. She retaliates by objectifying him herself”.

Estrons don’t conform; they don’t shy away from subjects or tiptoe around taboos, and ‘Make A Man’ is no exception. Musically, it’s fantastic: the band have an incredibly dynamic, catchy indie sound. And, combining this sound with the sheer force and sentiment behind the meaning of the song, ‘Make A Man’ sits happily amongst some of the best songs of this year.

‘Make A Man’ is out December 4, followed by the debut EP Whoever She Was... out December 11.

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa, 22. Editor. Student, music journalist, probably talking about Blur or Bowie