Tracks Of The Week, 12.05.17

Dubbing their sound as ‘scruffy pop rock,’ The Bad Habits’ latest offering ‘Obsessed’ encapsulates this perfectly. Huge, catch choruses ready for festival main stages, paired with grungy undertones mirroring the bands DIY approach (practicing in a basement and ‘Obsessed’ materialising on the back of a beer matt).

While there may be a melting pot of influences behind it, ‘Obsessed’ has the air of a band entirely sure of themselves. It’s a sound that, while stemming from influences from Iron Maiden, to Neil Diamond and Catfish and the Bottlemen, culminates to something truly anthemic. Already gracing festival lineups, ‘Obsessed’ is the mark of a band who are ready for more; and I’ve no doubt The Bad Habits will be inescapable over summer.

‘Obsessed’ is out now.

Set to captivate and take over the world this summer with her unique brand of ‘hybrid electronica’ Fifi Rong’s latest release ‘The Same Road’ is the latest in a string of tracks which will dominate playlists.

Yet despite its inherently upbeat nature – rife with sparkly synths and Rong’s hypnotic vocals – ‘The Same Road’ exposes a darker side to her songwriting. In her own words “”There is a world inside my solitude, which has been a blessing and a curse. ‘The Same Road’ falls into one of my recurring themes of such inherent paradox and emotional cocktail of vulnerability and strengths.” Mixing such upbeat energy with heavier themes makes for a track which is both highly enjoyable, and considered.

‘The Same Road’ will be released on 16 June 2017.  Catch Fifi Rong live:

May
5 – The Great Escape, Brighton

June
6 – The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington

July
5 – Wilderness Festival

Setting the tone for what will no doubt be a thunderous debut LP, Seazoo have shared ‘Roy’s World,’ the first track from the upcoming record.

‘Roy’s World’ is both scuzzy and sweet, mixing guitars, organs and synths with and overwhelming sense of nostalgia and lust; such nostalgia sets ‘Roy’s World’ up to be a summer favourite. In ‘Roy’s World’, Seazoo’s 90s influences are clear – yet while there’s a tinge of the grungy/psych elements of their influences (Grandaddy, Yo La Tengo, Super Furry Animals), the track’s energy and more-ish hooks see Seazoo venture over to Britpop. And I’m excited for more of it.

‘Roy’s World’ is out now. Catch Seazoo live:

May
13 – Focus Wales, Central Station, Wrexham

July
7 – Telford’s Warehouse, Chester

 

With nods to Chvrches and The Knife, and fresh off the back of performing at Coachella, Zipper Club (Cerebral Ballzy’s Mason James, and Lissy Trullie) hve shared their latest single ‘Breath’.

It is, rather aptly, breathy, but it’s also a breath of fresh air. The pair’s vocals, teamed with the electronic undertones, Zipper Club have, in ‘Breath’, created something truly hypnotic. And it’s being received as such. With Zipper Club talking recently about their success in this project compared to other projects, they spoke of their instant success, and with tracks like ‘Breath’ that are so utterly captivating, it’s impossible not to fall in love.

‘Breath’ is out now.

Melissa Svensen
@MelYeaahh

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa, 21. Assistant Editor. Student and aspiring journalist.