Tracks Of The Week, 24.11.17

Having already made a name for themselves with their live shows, YONAKA’s ‘Bubblegum,’ and its accompanying video encapsulate the exciting chaos that surrounds them.

Unrelenting, breathy and completely riotous, ‘Bubblegum’ is by no means as sickly sweet as the name would suggest. Rather it’s a fast-pased, gritty dose of alt pop that rightly marks YONAKA as one of the most unique bands around at the moment. And with an equally exciting video to go hand in hand, ‘Bubblegum’ is just another reason to fall in love with YONAKA.

‘Bubblegum’ is taken from YONAKA’s Heavy EP.
Catch them at their biggest show to date at The Garage, London on 28 Feb.

Giving us something calmer by way of a Sufjan Stevens influenced single, Darlingside are sharing their latest single ‘Eschaton’.

Taken from their upcoming record Extralife, ‘Eschaton’ leads an album ‘mourning the loss of our world with an almost post-apocalyptic view.’ With frantic, robotic instrumentation, made calm by weightless vocals, ‘Eschaton’ acts almost as a glimmer of hope in looking forward to a bleak future. Switching from unnerving electro sounds to blissful harmonies, ‘Eschaton’ relaxes while reminding us not to resign to our fate – a beautifully executed call to arms.

Extralife is set for release on 23 Feb., launched with a show at The Courtyard Theatre on 30 Jan.

Following up previous single ‘Dig Your Heels In,’ Rozelle are sharing their second live track this Autumn, ‘I Wanna See, I Wanna Know.’

Lyrically travelling through between what they describe as ‘extra-terrestrial perspectives’ and vocalist Hayley’s desire to discover what’s next, it’s sonically extra-terrestrial, too; not least because it’s almost unfathomable that something so grandly cinematic was recorded live. There’s something special going on within Rozelle. With 4-part harmonies and huge choruses, ‘I Wanna See, I Wanna Know’ is the mark of a band eager to find out more, to ask questions and showcase a huge sound in doing so.

Rozelle are set to reveal a studio EP in March, an a live EP in April.

See Rozelle live:
November ‘17
25 – The Crofters Rights, Bristol
January ‘18
24 – Camden Assembly, London
March ‘18
22 – Servant Jazz Quarters, London
24 – The Crofters Rights, Bristol

Off the heels of the success of previous single ‘Electric Girl,’ The Tates are gearing up for more acclaim with the release of ‘Water.’

Lyrically, asking rather pertinent questions – as guitarist Tom explains: “Are the flaws that we share with our parents who we are, or have we learnt from them?” Are we free to be the people we want to be or are we trapped by our genetic makeup and our immediate environment and society?” – but with all the ingredients for an incredibly feel-good pop song, The Tates blend a Libertines’-esque poeticism and social awareness, with a desire to have fun with it, creating something incredibly unique.

‘Water’ is out on 1 December

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

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