Tracks Of The Week, 11.05.18

Over the past couple of years, YONAKA have been storming the music world. Continuing their rein, ‘F.W.T.B’ is a triumphant ‘fuck you’ to naysayers.

As frontwoman Theresa Jarvis puts it “it’s about taking back the power, standing up for yourself and being heard.” Certainly, she’s determined to be heard, with empowering and unapologetic yells of “You’re fucking with the best now.” And who is anyone to doubt her? ‘F.W.T.B’ is a ferocious ode to just how powerful YONAKA are.

‘F.W.T.B’ is out now. For tour dates visit – http://www.weareyonaka.com/

Having started to pick up speed, the likes of Clash, DORK, Huw Stephens and John Kennedy singing their praises, ‘Forever’ is the latest offering from Purest, set to see them take the world by storm.

A love letter to being young, about “coming of age, looking back on youth retrospectively and wanting to capture as much of life as possible during those formative years,” ‘Forever’ is both nostalgic and hugely forward-facing, blending nods to Ride and My Bloody Valentine with a fresh, contemporary flair.

Purest play Water Rats, London on 17 May

Ahead of the upcoming release of his new EP, Belgrave has shared ‘Cheat.’

A taste of his melancholic pop which perfectly pairs heartfelt emotion with empowering choruses, ‘Cheat’ is, in Belgrave’s own words “as direct as it comes.” Written during a retreat to a cabin on the cliffs in Cornwall, ‘Cheat’ is a brutally honest reflection on a painful situation. Yet Belgrave tackles it head-on, determined and defiant, utilising his own pain to create something hugely addictive.

Riviera is out on 25 May via The Shooting Gallery Recordings

Though Snuff Redux were born out of frustration with the artistic limits of Seattle – and the track title perhaps suggesting otherwise – ‘The French Press’ comes from an album that acts as a love letter to the city.

Opening with: “It started on a sunny Sunday / it was the day that Lou Reed died / I was sitting on a bench with the French Press / wishing I was in Paris again” blends restless longing with their love for the city. While it would be wrong to suggest I could in any way understand the love of Seattle (simply due to a lack of having been), ‘The French Press’ is a sprawling, powerful offering that, in all its sentimentality, almost got me there

Denim America is out on 8 June

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa, 21. Editor. Student, music journalist, probably talking about Blur or Bowie