Our picks from the greatest emerging artists of the moment x
Alice and the Bugs – Butthurt
Tuval – We Can Burn
Bill Nickson – Don’t Be Sad (Demo)
Ellie Bleach – Leave Me Alone
Oscar Browne – Choking
John Myrtle – Foggy
Ugly – Tongue
Porridge Radio (solo) – Success ft. GN
Hala – Sorry (demo)
Avice Caro – Elfin Grot
CC Honeymoon – Your Ghost
Sock – Indecisive
Leyma – Lavendar
Jacob Slater – Butterfly
Strawberry Guy – What Would I Do
Viewfinder O-I-< – Missing In Action
Artwork by Jay Daniel Wright. All proceeds go to Music Minds Matter.
"Without divulging too much about the 16-track-strong cassette, expect to be taken as far as the antique lands of Tuval, with their sun-kissed, baroque leanings on ‘We Can Burn’; all the way to the bedroom for Bill Nickson’s infectious, lo-fi distortion on ‘Don’t Be Sad’. If soulful grooves are your schtick, then look no further than Leyma’s ‘Lavender’. Harlem funk melds with shrug-of-the-shoulder vocals; it’s beautifully mellow, glowing with conviction. ‘Tongue’ by Ugly enjoys a bruised, slack-jawed croon that calls to mind King Krule. It sprawls, hammering anthemic choruses before letting its pace vanish to a hammock-swinging languor. Plunging us into an electronic dreamscape is the work of CC Honeymoon, championing surrealism with a haunting, post-punk timbre. Porridge Radio’s ‘Success’ hits us like a nightmarish wall of fuzzed-out distortion. Vocals that drone like a guzzling fly and blunt, grunge guitarwork make this a stand-out track on ‘The Music Will Save Us Vol.2’. Another nod to grunge can be found in ‘Choking’ by Oscar, though rather than being ramped up on energy, instead takes a backseat. Ethereal vocals are matched with an instrumental that straddles the boundary between discordance, with the lurching guitar, and the twinkling tunefulness of the keys.
In listening to this cassette, far more than encouraging a re-emerging format, far more than supporting freelance artists like Jay Daniel Wright who designed the artwork, an independent record label, and the musicians they have procured, you are supporting Music Minds Matter, a campaign created by Help Musicians to provide 24/7 mental health support for musicians. All proceeds made from ‘The Music Will Save Us Vol.2’ go towards such a noble, yet neglected cause. It is the rarest of things, this cassette and everything it stands for. Rightly so, the music will save us." Words by Sophie Walker
Words by Sophie Walker.
released October 14, 2018