Tracks Of The Week, 23.06.17

Soccer Mommy (AKA Sophie Allison) is, at just nineteen, wiser than most. And in her latest single ‘Allison’, taken from upcoming mini-album Collection, she shares such wisdom with an unrivalled precision and gentleness. Exploring the feelings of hurting someone you love while pursuing your own dreams – with Sophie at an age where people quite often feel they are at a crossroads – ‘Allison,’ even in its name alone, is a lesson in putting yourself first.

As Sophie says, “You can’t say indie rock is dead. It’s just being taken over by women.” And with ‘Allison’, and the rest of Collection, written, mixed and produced by Sophie, she’s slowly but surely taking over the world of DIY indie.

Collection is out on 4 August. See Soccer Mommy on her first ever UK live dates:

2 – The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
3 – The Islington, London
5 – Visions Festivals, London

Teaming up for a synth-laden summer anthem, producer Jake Alder and London singer Caswell have shared their latest offering ‘Going Under.’

While ‘Going Under’ sees Alder step away from his tropical leanings somewhat, it’s still more than fit for summer festival stages. With a sonic landscape created by Alder – a journey through his mind with effortlessly exciting rises and drops – topped off with Caswell’s haunting vocals, ‘Going Under’ is the coming together of two great minds. A coming together of his classical training and pop sensibilities, and her transfixing, ethereal voice, resulting in a faultless summer hit.

‘Going Under’ is out now

Taken from their EP Play, London’s Mellow Gang are taking over the world of dreamy psych-pop with ‘Vendetta.’

Drawing comparisons with Lana Del Rey, Beach House and Tame Impala, Mellow Gang are a sonic escape; ‘Vendetta’ is a pulsing, ethereal trip elsewhere. Yet in the beauty of ‘Vendetta,’ there’s an uncertainty – a haunting unsettledness. It’s an intense few minutes – an ode to Mellow Gang’s ability to evoke a wealth of emotions. There’s a tendency for psych-pop to become too ethereal, too removed but there’s something about the very real emotion in ‘Vendetta’ that brings it back down to earth.

Play is out now

Combining nods to noughties indie with a grungier, garage edge, Indigo Husk are set to take over the minds of indie kids with ‘Goes Around Comes Around’.

“A song about everyone being dishonest… about how if you could look into people’s brains and see what they were really thinking life would be a lot easier,” according to the band, ‘Goes Around Comes Around’ is in equal parts jangly and jagged: a sun-kissed youthfulness tinged with a disaffected air. All perfectly balanced, of course. ‘Goes Around Comes Around’ is very, very exciting.

‘Goes Around Comes Around’ is out now

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

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