We are back, once again, with a round-up of some of the week’s best independent releases. We took a break over the Christmas period but we’ll be here throughout 2022 bringing you the best tunes around.
A couple of the tunes on this list were released while we were relaxing over Christmas, and we thought it was only right that we include them here.
So, without any further ado, we’ll start with this week’s Single Of The Week. This week we’ve gone for the new one from Daisy Harris. The solo artist has featured on this list before and her most recent single, ‘Come Home’ is the third offering from her debut album and delivers poignant lyricism amidst minimalist instrumentation. The track once again proves Daisy to be a crucial voice in the indie music scene.
Next, we’ve got the new single from the Leeds-based band Wolforna. The new single, ‘Broken Bones and Gritty Fights’ has a title that speaks to the song’s musical makeup. Gritty power chords and a beefy rhythm section provide the backdrop to a sound that shows the band to be in full flow following the acquisition of a new drummer.
Following on and we have the new track from The Pocket Gods. The group have been making music since the late nineties and this latest offering, ‘If I Have Another Drink It Will Kill Me’ examines the difficulties of living as a recovering addict. It features the kind of indie-rock sound that fans have come to expect from the band and, despite having been on the scene for over two decades, they have proven there’s still plenty in the tank yet.
Next up we’ve got a slower one for you, it’s the most recent release from Daz Cadwallander. The singer-songwriter’s new tune, ‘When I’m’ is the follow up to last year’s ‘Copycat’ and showcases a continuation of his mellow, Sunday morning-fitting sound. The tune features mellifluous instrumentation coupled with Daz’s harmonious vocals.
This next one, though not a single, is well worth a placement on this week’s list. It’s the new EP from Robin Guthrie, who has been treating us to a flurry of releases in recent months to mark his 60th birthday. The latest one, named ‘Springtime’, features precisely crafted soundscapes with a dexterity of musical textures. Not a bad way to mark a birthday.
This next release also features on an EP and is the title track from solo artist, Magerison. The tune, titled ‘Be Cool’ follows up last year’s ‘Give Me Love’ and documents the singer’s experience of lockdown. Musically, the track features a reggae-like pushed beat and a vocal that exemplifies Billy’s soul influences. The tune, and its parent EP, has given Billy’s 2022 a groovy start.
Next we’ve got a tune that comes over from the New Jersey-based pop punk group, All Systems Go. Their new track, ‘Don’t Let Me Go’, is as pop-punk as pop-punk gets. It features aggressive downpic king, pop-infused melody and catchy choruses along with lyricism that reminds the listener that it’s always okay to not be okay.
Our last release for this week also comes to us from the US and is one of the ones we missed over the Christmas period. It’s the new one from the alt-pop solo artist, Ravive. Her new single, titled ‘7 Yrs’ creates an intoxicating soundscape of synth experimentation. With lyrics that are as compelling as they are well-delivered, Revive has set herself up for a stunner of a year.