Tracks Of The Week, 28.07.17

Mari and Mel bring you some of their favourite new releases this week… 

Following 2014’s self-titled debut, Canadian band Alvvays are now set to release their second album in September, and we can’t wait.

Taken from the album is latest track ‘Dreams Tonite’. Though it’s bit of a step away from the band’s jangly surf-pop that we’ve come to know and love, it’s equally dreamy. Soaked in laid-back electro-tinged vibes with those smooth, honey-sweet vocals of Molly Rankin floating atop lush, shimmering melodies, it’s impossible not to fall in love with at first listen.

Antisocialites, the upcoming album from Alvvays, is out 8 September. And you can catch them live at Koko that night.

Following the end of their previous project, Hartheim, as a result of the tragic and untimely death of founding member and friend Gary Devreede, it’s taken a while for the core members of SOFIAHH to find their musical feet again. Yet in their first release, ‘The Knots’ the Manchester collective are making a return to music both triumphantly and respectfully.

‘The Knots’ is the musical embodiment of the band’s healing process. It’s raw; an unapologetically transparent look into the sadness the band felt. But it’s huge as well, and the sign of a band who have found their feet, and are ready to move forward.

‘The Knots’ is out now.

If ‘easy listening’ conjures up memories of suave, crooning sophisticates sat at a piano, then let Liverpool 3-piece TV ME redefine the genre, with their new single ‘Peppercorn Boy’, as melody-rich pop music that simply drifts effortlessly through your consciousness.

Released on Deltasonic Records, the first track from an ‘in-progress’ debut album finds modern pop’s holy grail with a melody Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney couldn’t ignore and just enough technology to make Kraftwerk take notice.

Peppercorn Boy (Lyric Video) by TV ME on VEVO.

Having been approached by director Steven Murphy to compose an ‘eighties feel’ track for his new feature film My Saviour, Midlands-based MeMe Detroit rose to the challenge, creating ‘How She Runs.’

Floating between the desired eighties feel, and her 90s grunge/brit-pop influences, MeMe Detroit’s musical upbringing is clear on ‘How She Runs,’ but so is her unique force. Built from witnessing UK nightlife from behind a DJ booth, and endless live shows with her band (Lewis Smith and Barney Such) ‘How She Runs’ shows MeMe as both silently observational, and fearlessly immersed. It’s exciting.

Catch MeMe Detroit live:

 July 20th – Blue Orange Theatre – Birmingham – Unplugged set

July 22nd–  No. 1 Shakespeare Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon

July 28th – Actress & Bishop – Birmingham – Official single launch

17th Sept – Marrs Bar – Worcester music festival

22nd Sept – The Venue – Greater Manchester

Having formed back in 2016, Irish duo Hvmmingbyrd, aka Deborah Byrne and Suzette Das, have previously had their music featured on Made In Chelsea, and are now about to release a brand new slice of electro-folk.

Inspired by a blissful trip away to a Maltese island, ‘Gozo’ oozes a twinkling, ethereal joy. Flowing with glitchy beats, alongside glistening electronic melodies and luscious harmonies, it’s a euphoric, other-worldly delight.

‘Gozo’ is out 4 August.  

Mari Lane/@marimindles

Melissa Svensen/@melyeaahh