Charlie Ashcroft's Musosoup round-up - August 2020
Where did that month go? Feels like only yesterday that I was making my debut on the Musosoup blog, and here we are again. Some fantastic discoveries from the August submissions pile await you…
‘I’m Okay and So Are You’ is a stunning slice of electronic-tinged pop by Arizona-based artist Daulton Hopkins, with his beautiful vocals soaring above the cloud of dreamy, lo-fi production. Dripping in nostalgia and well worth checking out.
Berkshire band Third Lung have been doing the rounds for a little while, but latest single ‘Nowhere Left To Hide’ is arguably their finest work to date. Having teamed up with producer Michael Smith at RYP Recordings, they’ve crafted a stadium-ready slice of anthemic pop noir. An undeniably massive single.
The debut release from Kynsy is mightily impressive too. The Dublin-based songwriter has unleashed ‘Cold Blue Light’, which has shades of TORRES and Lucy Dacus about it. It builds wonderfully from a sparse vocals-and-percussion affair into a grunge-influenced, riff-soaked extravaganza.
Back across the Atlantic we have ‘Fury’, the latest offering from the superb Jeremy & The Harlequins. It’s the B-side to the band’s new single ‘Let’s Ride’, full of surf rhythms and early 60s rock ‘n’ roll charm.
It was something of a dilemma knowing which track to pick from ‘The Art of Living’, the fantastic new album by Sareem Poems & Newselph which landed a few weeks back. I’ve gone for ‘Alright Okay’, which showcases some wonderful sax samples and some addictive, mid-tempo beats as the backdrop for Poems’ rhymes. The kind of record which would sound amazing on vinyl.
Staying in the world of hip-hop, get involved with AJ, The One, whose first new material of the year has just landed. When we’re all allowed to venture into clubs again, ‘Sugar Cane’ is one of those sensual, end-of-the-night jams which will make the dancefloor pop.
Australian newcomer Indy Angel is certainly one to watch as well, with her debut track ‘Move On.’ proving to be a defiant piece of leftfield pop. As well as being in possession of an incredible voice, there’s a purposeful vulnerability to her delivery which adds extra poignancy to the song’s core theme.
Over in Canada, we’ve stumbled across the work of producer enFp-T, whose collaboration with fellow Torontonians Seamstress has provided us with a laid-back R&B groove which, despite clocking in at just over a minute and a half, does more than enough to make us come back for more. Gloriously concise.
Speaking of short songs, Berne’s re-working of ‘Idioteque’ by Radiohead manages to be both incredibly hypnotic and totally relevant to now. You can find it as part of their, ‘To The Earth’ covers EP of protest songs, also including ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ and ‘What a Wonderful World’. On first encounter, it was the 66-second rendition of ‘Idioteque’ which seemed to carry the biggest impact and deliver the starkest message though. This is really happening.
I also want to shout out GIYA this month. The title track of the Brighton-based singer-songwriter’s ‘Almost Real’ EP is a beautifully accomplished song, carried by the kind of lyrics which draw you in immediately. An extremely special record indeed – confessional folk pop at its finest.
Also highly recommended (and featured in the playlist): Chantel Van T, Marble Mammoth, French Alps Tiger, Normal Average People, Izzie Yardley, Matthew Barton, Emma Miller, Midlight, Ettie and Tom Saint.
Check out all my August Musosoup favourites in this handy Spotify playlist here: