Tracks Of The Week, 19.05.17

The first single to be taken from their upcoming EP, Little Grim are introducing themselves with ‘Hoodie’. Telling tells of reckless indecisiveness, the pain of seeing your ex-girlfriend wearing your old hoodie and the familiarity of not knowing what you want, ‘Hoodie’ pairs dreamy melodies with earnest, swaggering vocals to create something both shimmering and deadpan.

‘Hoodie’ is an amalgamation of Little Grim’s genre-spanning influence – from R&B to indie pop – with its gripping rhythms and indie pop sensibilities. Though the track presents Little Grim as impossible to pin down, it shows them as truly unafraid to do their own thing. And if it sounds as good as ‘Hoodie,’ they certainly shouldn’t be.

‘Hoodie’ is out now.

Taken from her debut album Peach, Deerful (AKA Emma Winston) has shared her latest track, ‘Cloudwatching.’

Though anyone who has a degree in ukulele ethnography is bound to be remarkable, Emma exceeds expectations. Stepping away from ukuleles however, ‘Cloudwatching,’ (along with the other tracks on the album), sees Emma take over a number of small synthesisers. With everything written, played, recorded, produced and mixed by Emma, ‘Cloudwatching,’ is a small – but certainly mighty – taste of what Deerful, and Peach, have to offer: gorgeous vocals, beautiful melancholy, complete originality, and the ability to make you writhe with jealousy over Emma’s talent.

Peach is due out on 2nd June.

Ten years after their debut Well Well Well, which saw them revive Sheffield’s music scene alongside Arctic Monkeys, Milburn are back with their latest single ‘Take Me Home’.

What’s most impressive about ‘Take Me Home’ is Milburn’s ability to, while sticking to a sound that ultimately sounds like them, bring their sound into the current music scene. Not only do Milburn fit in, they almost stand out. Incredibly driven verses and infectious hooks that lend to lame (but very fun) air-guitar playing, ‘Take Me Home’ sees Milburn slot perfectly in with the likes of Blossoms, while maintaining a sound that’s swimming with nostalgia. Milburn aren’t stuck in their ways, but they certainly aren’t bowing down to any pressures or trends either.

Catch Milburn live:

28th May – Sound City – Liverpool
2nd June – Don Valley Bowl – Sheffield
3rd June – Camden Rocks Festival – Camden
5th August – Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival – By Beauly
2nd September – Bingley Music Live – Bradford

‘Take Me Home’  is out on 26 May via Red Essential.

Hand in hand with a video that acts as the sequel to Nettles of the Parish, the video which accompanied Girl Ray‘s previous single ‘Stupid Things’, ‘Preacher’ is an enchanting love story, and it sounds like one too.

Despite the decidedly period-drama nature of both the sound and visuals, ‘Preacher’ seems to fill a gap in music: unapologetically bitter-sweet love songs. And just as the video is gripping, so is the track. ‘Preacher’ is compelling, Poppy Hankin’s vocals floating seemingly weightlessly above the wonderfully simple music. ‘Preacher’ sounds effortless, but it succeeds in stirring up emotions.

Girl Ray play a London headline show at Scala on 9 November, as well as a sold out date at The Lexington this month

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

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