Tracks Of The Week, 22.04.16

We all know the feeling of lacklustre love affairs. As Anteros’ frontwoman Laura Hayden says: “We’ve all been bored by someone who is too self-indulgent”. What we can’t all do, however, is express it quite as beautifully as Anteros do, in new single ‘Breakfast’.

Written last summer, ‘Breakfast’ has been described as The Cure, meets The Cardigans, meets Beyoncé; what more could you want?! Lyrics “Say you wanna talk, wanna work it out? / Well good luck, my head just touched the clouds” floating over a sun-drenched riff, the track is in equal measure relatable, energetic and cheerily nonchalant. The perfect summery anthem to remind us that we’re not alone in societal pressures and mediocre relationships.

Anteros are touring the UK playing:
07/04 – London, Dingwalls w/ High Tyde
11/04 – Cambridge, Portland Arms w/ High Tyde
12/04 – Leicester, The Cookie w/ High Tyde
13/04 – Stoke, Sugarmill w/ High Tyde
19/05 – The Great Escape Festival
03/06 – Cheltenham, Wychwood Festival
02/09 – Cambridge, Lodestar Festival
30/04 – Live at Leeds

Constantly pushing boundaries and experimenting, Liverpool’s psych-rockers The Vryll Society have announced their latest single ‘La Jetee’. Coming at the time of their UK headline tour, the track – with its French pop aesthetic – is sure to make their already brilliant live shows even more exciting.

With ethereal vocals and psychedelic melodies, their sound covers everything from Neu to Verve and Stone Roses; a unique blend of styles that stand them apart from the array of psych and prove their constantly growing fan base to be very well-deserved.

The Vryll Society are playing:


Set apart from the masses with his powerful neo-Soul voice, Mark McGowan is wowing fans once again with latest track ‘Fugazi’. Pairing his intricate picking techniques with the sheer emotion in his voice, McGowan paints a bittersweet picture, displaying not only his musical talent but his knack for storytelling.

‘Fugazi’ is the sort of track you get lost in, and can similarly imagine McGowan getting lost himself in the writing. Combining nods to working class Glasgow and the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 60’s, McGowan’s talent appears to be one that, while always there, as developed throughout the years, growing into to something so immensely consuming.

Fugazi EP is out 13 May.

At a rather less soothing – but equally brilliant – end of the spectrum is L.A. duo Sego, who have recently shared their brand new single ‘Where I Belong’. Having grown up as “good ol’ Utah boys”, Spencer Petersen a multi-instrumentalist and Tom Carroll having learnt his trade in a drum-and-fife band, the two moved to L.A. And they certainly have no issue adopting a very L.A. sound.

Operating out of ‘the Cube’ (a warehouse-turned-hippie commune in downtown L.A.), the pair’s earworming, rhythmic slacker-punk is an insight into their loves, and ‘Where I Belong’ displays their ability to talk about life without becoming soppy or nostalgic. Having played a ‘sideman role’ in previous projects, it’s clear that Spencer’s real place was in his own creation – and with Tom to accompany him, it works pretty damn well.

Their debut album Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around is due out 6 May.

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

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