Artist: Whiskey Shivers
Album/EP: Some Part of Something
You’d expect a raucous rockabilly band would be more appreciated in an east coast kitchen party than blockbusters like Pitch Perfect 3, yet here we are. About as hectic as traditional folk can get, there’s a happy riot happening in “Reckless” and you’re invited. Who can resist a gaggle of good ole boys shouting round a banjo and fiddle?
Artist: Moon Honey
Song: “Betta Fish”
Built around curiously eccentric lead vocals and anchored by gritty guitars and a stilted, stumbling progression, Moon Honey isn’t afraid to let their freak flag fly with “Betta Fish”. Not quite prog rock but still managing to capture that high-brow awareness of something new and fresh, it’ll keep you tuned in (and slightly puzzled) for its deceptive yet delightful runtime. The Inbox entry also threw around the word ‘voodoo’ a lot, which I can’t help agreeing with.
Artist: Kae Sun
Catchy but low-key, the groove of Kae Sun’s smooth R&B stylings remains upbeat without getting overwhelming or overexcited. The simplicity within the song’s layers is appreciable, too – “Stalk” doesn’t require too many complicated moving parts to get itself rolling.
Song: “Buku Love”
Album/EP: Buku Love
Describing avant-garde music is so fun. Is it art pop? Future dance? Synth prog? Hard to say, but if you can imagine what all those descriptors would sound like, then you have a pretty solid sonic idea of what “Buku Love” is like (and a rather perceptive imagination, too). Inventive, unique, quirky, but still catchy and pleasing – if this is what 2018 sounds like, I’m on board. (spoiler: this track came out years ago, so it’s not)
Song: “First Time”
All of the aesthetic of glitzy synth pop without its joy or optimism. Seriously – it may sound like the 80s, but the candy coating has been carefully scrubbed away. Quiet melancholy prowls the depths of Cones’ latest single, while still dropping a catchy hook or two to maintain interest. It’s not even that the lyrical content is sad…it’s just got that feeling, you know? Of being hurt.