Tracks Of The Week, 25.03.18

Ahead of the release of their debut album, London based four-piece Ice Baths are sharing their new single ‘New Strappings Pt 1.’

There’s an abstract darkness to the track, one that sets a precedent for the album, with the band explaining that the lyrics “centre on feelings or imagery that can be dreary, dark, difficult and abstract. We deliberately pass the buck to the listener to pick out certain moods or feelings”

It’s bleak in all the best ways, though – raw grittiness that mirrors the live sound that’s seen them take the London circuit by storm.

The self-titled debut album is out on 11 May

With an army of loyal fans in their hometown of Birmingham, and an imminent UK tour set to see them take over the rest of the country, Ivory Wave have shared their latest single ‘Cool Kids.’

Dancefloor-ready, and straight out of the nineties, ‘Cool Kids’ is teeming with nods to The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. Paired with a fresher electronic outlook, ‘Cool Kids’ is “a celebration of being able to wear what you want, a celebration of being who you want to be, and most importantly, a celebration of youth.”

It’s three-and-a-half minutes of shameless fun, and exactly what the world needed.

See Ivory Wave live:
April
4 – Lending Room, Leeds
6 – Kasbah, Coventry
19 – The Cellar, Oxford
21 – Nambucca, London
27 – O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
28 – The White Heart, Corby

Taken from their upcoming debut album, ‘Horizon’ is the expansive new single from Island.

With a new video, directed by Claes Nordwall in the Swedish countryside, ‘Horizon’ captures one of the key album themes – “the idea of a passenger drifting through different dreams on a journey.”

There is something incredibly dreamy about ‘Horizon,’ with its vast soundscape and chilling vocals. Taken from an album that was two years in the making, it’s clear ‘Horizon’ is the sound of a band who have spent time honing their skill to make it the best it can be, and sets an exciting tone for the rest of the album

Feels Like Air is due out on 6 April

Alongside the announcement of their forthcoming album, The Ramona Flowers shared their latest track ‘Dramatist.’

With the album inspired in part by the band’s time on the road and the people they met, ‘Dramatist’ is a taste of the sort of romantic, electro-rock we can expect from the album. Blending modern influences with nods to M83 and Everything Everything, with anthemic melodies that will no doubt stand the test of time, ‘Dramatist’ shows The Ramona Flowers at their strongest.

Strangers is due out on 18 May

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

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