Tracks Of The Week, 03.02.17

Taken from their new EP Winter ‘15, ‘Trier’ the latest offering from Analog Candle (led by Callum Plews) is the perfect initial taste of their latest release, mostly in that it completely embodies the EP’s title.

‘Trier’ is all the best bits of winter in a track: distant, dreamy vocals and layered over surrealist, dream-pop sounds, it’s reminiscent of low suns and short but sweet days. Bringing us back to reality, and reminding us of the inevitable gloom of winter, ‘Trier’ documents a relationship breaking down. Hand-in-hand with Emma Tringali’s vocals, ‘Trier’ becomes goose-bump raising; a happy-sad documentation of real life, portrayed in a surreally beautiful manner.

Winter ’15 is out today (3rd February)

Surfer Blood are so fun. So, so fun. Thus, unsurprisingly, ‘Frozen’ is, too.

Taken from their new album Snowdonia, ‘Frozen’ showcases vocalist John Paul Pitts’ desire to play up to the vocal skills of guitarist Michael McCleary and bassist Lindsey Mills. This desire results in super sweet harmonies, layered over their signature, effortlessly cool, pop hooks.

Though ‘Frozen’ comes from an album that tackles themes like mortality, it maintains the band’s uplifting nature; ‘Frozen’ will be on repeat for the rest of the year.

There’s no better way, really, to describe The Vryll Society’s ‘Scared Flight’ than in the band’s own words. As frontman Mike Ellis says: “’Sacred Flight’ is a motoric journey into cosmic space jolting atoms of sound from one galaxy to another before finally exploding into a jewel box of guitar frenzied litany!”

It’s intense, but wonderful; just a dose of how exciting The Vryll Society are and what pent up madness (and talent) they have inside them. In its swirling, guitar-fuelled frenzy, ‘Sacred Flight’ encapsulates The Vryll Society’s sound that is undeniably influenced by their hometown of Liverpool, but 100% ready for ventures further afield – fit for their introduction to America in March.

‘Sacred Flight’ is out now

It seems what the world’s been missing is Turkish indie bands. Or rather one Turkish indie band in particular: The Away Days.

Understandably, considering the current instability of Istanbul and Turkey in general, everything surrounding The Away Days is quite political. While this could both dishearten a band completely, or cause them to become angry, The Away Days rather take this as an opportunity to spread hope. ‘Places To Go’, is poppy; it’s fun and so upliftingly light-hearted. What’s brilliant about The Away Days’ political commentary is that it’s so subtle, but simply by doing what they’re doing – by making music and breaking into the Western music world – they’re doing something. And for it to sound so fresh and controlled is just a massive bonus.

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

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