SINGLE REVIEWS 09/03/22
Welcome to this week’s singles round up. Here’s where OSM collects some of the hottest and most exciting releases of the past week and compiles them in a playlist for your listening pleasure. As ever, the first one on the list is this week’s Single Of The Week. This week it’s the debut release from solo artist Harry Lavin. It’s called ‘Where’s Home?’ and exhibits an indie-rock inspired sound not unlike The Stone Roses. Arching vocals float atop soaring guitar lines that lift the track into a grand and vast soundscape. Lavin’s career has seen him tour with several bands, but it was lockdown that gave him the drive for a solo project. He’s promised further releases soon, and we can’t wait.
Onto other releases and we start with a band with a particular excitement surrounding them. You might have seen the Leeds-based Eades dropping their debut album last week. Well, they also dropped a new single, titled ‘Backseat Politic’. The tune sees the band slightly more stripped back, allowing melodic guitars to shape the bulk of the sound. Another stunner from a band fast moving upwards…this next release is actually an EP, which we do sometimes feature on this list. It comes from the solo artist, Benee and is titled ‘Lychee’. The EP features the New Zealander’s glistening and soothing neo-soul sound, which lands somewhere between Lianne La Havas and Arlo Parks. The EP’s release comes ahead of a massive world tour, which will take her to London and Manchester in May…next on the list is the funky new number from PREDRINKS. The trio’s new single, ‘Move’ combines infectious and funky rhythms with guitar lines to match. The track lives up its name and adds an undeniable gem to the band’s back catalog, as well as adding another dimension to the band’s core sound. ..next up we’ve got the new track from the East London-based band, Outland. The group is also a three piece and their new track, ‘So Far Away’, exhibits the guitar-driven indie rock that fans of the band will be accustomed to. The track features snappy verses and expansive choruses, which create a fresh alternative sound. The tune comes ahead of the group’s debut album, which is due later this year…next is the new drop from the Liverpool-based quartet, The Shipbuilders. Their new tune, named ‘The Moon’ continues the development of their folk-influenced indie sound. The track features a Spanish sounding acoustic rhythm that builds into a chaotic and excitable soundscape. The song has been released ahead of the band’s debut album, which is due out on May 6…moving on and we’ve got the noisy new tune from Bullet Girl. The Dublin-based band dropped the ferocious ‘McViolence’ last week; the track features a sound that embodies the same attitude present in its lyricism, which criticizes the culture of violence amongst men that the band have personally had to suffer through…the last one for this week comes to us from overseas. It’s called ‘Chatterbox’ and is by the Dutch band, Banji. Its sonic makeup combines digital and analogue sounds that mark a departure from the group’s previous material; its snappy instrumentation and snarling vocals bring the song’s criticisms of modern attitudes to the foreground. Though not strictly a brand new tune, we thought it was still worth a mention.
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