Charlie Ashcroft's Musosoup July/Aug round-up
It goes without saying that there have been some brilliant artist submissions on Musosoup.com recently. I’ve had a lot of fun listening to so many excellent new additions over the past few weeks!
I was totally floored by ‘2020’, the debut single from Gabrielle Barnes, which landed in my feed the other day. A mix of Speaker’s Corner anger, beautiful R&B vocals and some hazy hip-hop beats result in a vital document for this most volatile of years. Keep an eye on this New Yorker off the back of this huge debut.
If like me, you like dipping your toe in the worlds of shoegaze and dream-pop every now and then, you’d do a lot worse than check out the latest offering from Temples Of Youth. The jaw-dropping ‘Silver Cross’ is a slow-burning stunner from the Winchester outfit.
Elsewhere (slightly further south) on British soil, we have Deaf Surf from Brighton, who’ve followed up their ‘Sofa’ release from earlier in the year with an irresistible new single called ‘Strangers’, channelling the energies of bands like Drahla and Dry Cleaning. Love them.
Turning our eye to some percussive folk-pop from Scandinavia, I give you ‘I’m Sorry’ by Freyr. The half-Swedish, half-Icelandic songwriter has created a right old earworm.
The past month’s batch of new arrivals also include an incredibly-named collective from London called Soup!. ‘All The People’ is a swirling, psych-tinged jam of epic proportions.
Further across the capital we find JYLDA on magnificent form, with an arresting slice of electropop noir in the form of ‘Impulse’. Her star continues to rise!
Dublin-raised Rachel Barror also calls London home these days, and has just self-released a superb piano-led ballad called ‘Ground Up’, which immediately marks her out as an artist to watch in the months ahead. Stirring stuff all round.
For some faster-paced noise, head to ‘O’Rileys’ by Cats That Bark, whose racket reminds me of The Vandals and early Offspring stuff. No bad thing at all!
On a dancier tip, Hennessey fuse post-punk with dark disco in confident fashion, reminding me of Radio 4, The Rapture, Chk! Chk! Chk! and many other early 00s indie dancefloor heroes. Immerse yourself in the rhythmic maelstrom of ‘We Will Not Be Lovers’.
It’s also great to have some new music from The Novus in time for the warmer months. They’re always a popular choice when I feature them on my Amazing Radio show, and ‘Man On The Bridge’ is another belter from the West Midlands band. Make them a priority!
Also highly recommended (and featured in the playlist): Velvet Starlings, The Thing With Feathers, The Dirty Pennies, Lucy Feliz, Sweet Tooth, Sapphire Blues, Jim Jam, Attawalpa, Lyys and Lovely Assistant.
Check out all my recent Musosoup favourites in this handy Spotify playlist here: