SINGLE OF THE WEEK - JOHNNY LLOYD - REAL THING
Our Single Of The Week this week was an easy selection. Real Thing is the latest one from Johnny Lloyd, partner of actress Billie Piper. Lloyd scored the soundtrack to current hit show I Hate Suzie and Real thing is a straight up love song, as Johnny says “It’s about finding your purpose to be with the person you’re meant to be with. I wanted to write a rock’n’roll love song, instead of a cliched one. It’s rough around the edges, but it’s definitely a love song.” Lloyd has one of those voices that are genuine and very real, showcased to perfection on this track right here. Real Thing is incredibly moving and something very special indeed. Stream here.
Tugboat Captain, who wear their The Beatles influence on their sleeve, release Day To Day erm today from their upcoming album Rut (out October 16th). Complete with some lovely melodies, Day To Day is an accessible tune with DIY indie pop overtones. A song that deserves your attention...Abnorm are a very special band that we are huge fans of here at Our Sound after discovering them a few months ago. Citrus is out today and continues their streak of quality releases, complete with an emotional chorus, reminds us of Swimming Girls...Bang Bang Romeo, who supported Pink last year, give us Starve. Singer Anastasia Walker is one of the best vocalists in pop right now and Starve, while not being a great release, is lifted entirely due to Walker...Black Honey tell us to Run For Cover (also out today) and their string of strong releases also continues. A captivating vocal in the vein of Gwen Stefani, Black Honey are slowly cementing their place... London power duo First Frontier have released their debut single Take Cover (complete with a fun video to match) complete with pop punk chords and a new wave vocal. A really impressive debut release...HMS Morris release Myfyrwyr Rhyngwladol (which translates as International Students) a synth electro-pop effort that immediately draws interest...Bradford are back with their first new material in three decades with Like Water. The Blackburn band have welcomed acclaimed producer Stephen Street as a full time member (The Smiths, Blur). Like Water is good, very good. The ska undertones are there along with some dreamy guitar. Well put together, this mid tempo track is an easy listen...Tessa Ying has released Be On My Own, a pop track with a captivating beat...Salt Water from The Daylight Orange is up next and definitely has a The Stone Roses feel with its chilled vibe. Musically these are band who clearly have it all pinned down, a track worth seeking out...The Love And Suicide EP from The Trusted is four tracks of contemporary British rock; first track The Innocent has shades of early The 1975 and a killer riff. Horizontal Mind is punked up mid tempo indie rock with a crashing build, seriously good stuff here. Title song Love And Suicide is lyrically the best song in the collection and is driven by a cracking vocal. Final cut Wild Love is an escape anthem and rounds off the EP in style...Kamino Royale has released the lengthy titled Live For The Rise, Die For The Fall. It is a bit of a rocker with guitar riffs all over the place and an anthemic chorus...DIY indie folk songwriter Wood Ewe gives us I Love You Too, Disembodied Voice a harmless effort that is simple and charming...With a nod to The Smiths... Darling Boy launch Air-Conditioned Gypsy into the world which we catch with open arms. Complete with Banjo that you would never know was a Banjo, this is a strong single release, a song that captivates for the full four minutes and forty-four seconds...Manchester bedroom pop musician Lucy Deakin releases Be Alright (out now), a pop track with a chilled garage beat in places, it is top drawer future-pop songwriting...Fray is the name of Gillian Heidi’s latest release, another pop tune, this time with a sublime vocal. A classic love song it remains contemporary. Fray is chilled and an easy enough listen...The wonderfully named Frankie And The Studs complete this week's reviews with (Not Your) Victim, a raw and vicious number that certainly makes a statement. The opening riff is killer before the verse boils down to a punk rock riff and almost tender vocal. A splendid listen.
Most of the music reviewed here can be streamed on The Our Sound Spotify Playlist Here.