SINGLE REVIEWS 31/10/22
Welcome to this week’s single round up. Each week the team at OSM pick out a few of the newly-released songs of the past week and create a playlist for your listening pleasure. We hope this list adds to your week ahead. Kicking things off is this week’s Single Of The Week. It comes from Torture & The Desert Spiders. The trio dropped 'The Tooth, The Gap & The Filling’ last week and, with it, have added another raucous tune to their already stunning list of releases. The track is as energy-filled and insistent as previous drops, featuring a familiar PJ Harvey-inspired sound. Strong garage rock elements bubble beneath the song’s surface, adding an intensity to the tune that threatens to explode. The raucousness doesn’t stop here either, with more releases expected soon.
Next up is the new drop from the London-based band, Outland. The new tune, named ‘Rather Be Dead’, builds on their fast-growing platform. Its intro, a jazzy improvisation, doesn’t stick around for long, and is soon replaced with a hard-hitting and cathartic sound. Rammed full of crashing guitars, pounding drums and impassioned vocals, the track feels like a statement of intent from a band who are soon due to put together their debut LP...next up this week is the Wigan-based Stanleys, who dropped their track, ‘You (Just Looked Right Through Me)’ on Friday. The song’s acoustic backdrop puts its soft vocal centerstage, while subtle synth lines bare the hallmarks of a classic Manchester sound. With lyrics weighted by melancholily, the song also showcases the group’s ability to convey emotion and, after supporting the Lathums in their home town of Wigan, Stanleys are due to take the song across the tour circuit in November….Sophie Kilburn is next with her new track, ‘Love Condition’. The solo artist showcases a powerful ’80s inspired sound that puts self empowerment at its core. A stripped back and punchy baseline forms the backbone of the song, while insistent vocals deliver its message to grab heartache by the horns. Think Self Esteem but more ‘80s, a true masterclass of emotional strength...the next song this week also takes inspiration from the 1980s. It comes from the London four-piece, The Velvet Hands. Their new tune, named ‘Telephone Love’, examines life’s repetitiveness in a way fans will be familiar with. It's a blazing new effort that combines 80s new wave with noughties rock. The result is a hard-hitting, snappy and nostalgic song that adds to the excitement surrounding their forthcoming album, which is due for release early next year...up next on this week’s list is The Kaves. The Glasgow quartet dropped their nihilistic new song, Premonitions on Friday. The track examines feelings of dissatisfaction, disillusionment and anxiety. Soaring guitar breaks are intertwined with groaning vocals and an intoxicating rhythm section that all combine to give an almost tangible quality to the skepticism examined on the track….the final song this week comes from the Hull-based Breeze. The group’s new track, ‘Adrenaline’, is their third to date and builds on the indie rock sound of its predecessors. Exhibiting the influence of Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines, the track showcases raw and chaotic instrumentation that solidifies their sound and place in Hull’s indie scene. After only three releases, the young group are fast building their platform in their hometown and beyond.
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