By: Juliette Jagger (@juliettejagger)
Artist: Slow Death Lights
Song: “City of Lights”
Album/EP: Slow Death Lights
After the successful release of their EP, Broken Spirit Desert Nightmare, back in 2015, Toronto band Slow Death Lights have returned with a brand new single titled, “City of Lights.” That track, which was recorded in Joshua Tree, California, with the help of co-producer Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu-Manchu) and is held together by a thick bass line, acidic hard rock guitars, and Trews-esc melodies, seems to suggest this city is poised for a stoner/desert rock revival.
Artist: Shiny Wet Machine
Following the release of their fuzzy, hook-laden debut, “Stun Gun,” to much acclaim back in November, Shiny Wet Machine (which is a collaborative project between Sizzy Rocket + Alex Fitts of The Kickdrums) have returned with their latest offering, “Hospitals.” The track, which dives deeper into the band’s Riot Grrrl / indie rock influences pins a shoegaze-y guitar lead flush up against these perfectly compact little hooks that relish in soda pop and grease and hinge on the colloquialisms of our time.
Artist: Frederick The Younger
Song: “Leaves Are Gone”
Album/EP: Human Child
From Fredrick The Younger’s upcoming debut album, Human Child, which is due out on February 3rd, “Leaves Are Gone” is a St. Vincent/ Angel Olsen inspired tune that perfectly balances psych-rock with vintage pop.
Song: “Incoming Call”
Fresh off the success of her first single “Somewhere Somehow”, which was recently featured on Spotify’s “Fresh Finds” and Apple Music’s “Isolation” playlists, Oddnesse has returned with a second track entitled, “Incoming Call,” and it’s a doozy. Plush and drenched in distortion, pretty and yet completely bent, this is the kind of song that finds itself right at home among the likes of other bold female leads like Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey.
Artist: Rosie Carnie
Song: “Awake Me”
Probably best summed up by the sentiment: “I find something quite wonderful about being vulnerable. I think it’s such an important aspect of human nature, to allow our hearts to feel and break to their full capacity,” 19-year-old singer songwriter Rosie Carnie is a rare and beautiful gem.
Originally from Hampshire, UK but now based in Donegal, Ireland, her voice and lyricism converge to express both the weight of incredible hurt and a resilience of spirit that resides below one’s cracked exterior.