Scottish pop quintet Walt Disco have shared their new single, “My Pop Sensibilities.” Though there’s no full-length to speak of yet, this Glasgow five-piece has been dropping dark, glittery singles for the past year or so, and this is another impressive addition to their repertoire.
The term “crooner” gets thrown around a lot, but Walt Disco’s James Potter’s low, flamboyant croon is unparalleled and capable of breaking a million hearts. “My Pop Sensibilities” pulls from the synth-heavy New Wave of Orange Juice, the jittery post-punk of Talking Heads and the moody New Romantic sonics of Boy George. Sharp, skittish guitars, bewitching synths and wounded vocals with a glamorous luster culminate in a Frankenstein’s monster of past pop stylings.
Some bands just strike immediately with everything they do and represent. The Ninth Wave – with their inviting mix of glam-noir sounds, looming darkness and a penchant for more than simply the usual band conventions – are already drenched in a philosophy and style that catches the eye from the first moment you plug in. They’ve already released two Eps and a bunch of striking singles.
Arlie, the band, came together on Vanderbilt campus in 2016. Their early singles “Big Fat Mouth” and “Didya Think” gained traction on Spotify’s curated indie playlists. And now, to much anticipation, the band has released its first EP. They call it “Wait.”
There’s something very “Vampire Weekend” about Arlie’s “Wait.” A band of recent college graduates releasing a debut project both technically mature and unabashedly youthful. Yet, where Vampire Weekend revels in its own Ivy League preppiness, Arlie projects a more playful, summery image of young adulthood. The result is an album that alludes just as much to The Beatles and The Beach Boys as it does to Arlie’s contemporary indie counterparts.
Ibibio Sound Machine released their debut release through Soundway Records five years ago. Fronted by British / Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, they combine elements of West African highlife, disco, post-punk & psychedelic electro soul. From the banging sub-bass of ‘Lets Dance’ to the spiritual, gospel-tinged notes of the album’s opening track ‘Voice of the Bird’, the band have turned in a dynamic and, at times, beautiful take on modern afro-soul music. Folk stories, recounted to Eno by her family as a child in her mother’s South-Eastern Nigerian Ibibio language form the creative lyrical fabric of the album. A large dose of electronic elements and an approach as influenced by their hometown of London as much as by West Africa, give the vocals and guitar lines space to breath without being overwhelmed.
Started as a solo project when he was 16 in his bedroom, London-based Will Dorey, bass player for ex-Palace and co-founder of the reggae record label Horus Records, is continuing to flourish as well as nourish his incredible music. Having released 4 albums, his latest one ‘Filoxiny’, the confidence, warmth, laid-back and freshness of his material considering he plays most instruments, produces as well as records this in his own studio is marvellous and dreamy to say the least.
Dorey draws on various types of influences from Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop to Psychedelia, that touch on different eras, always unearthing tones which are really refreshing. His debut self-titled album in 2014 had some brilliant tracks from a soothing, psychedelic combo which blend together perfectly.
Sea Girls are set for greatness. It’s a fact. Not only does their name offer up loads of puns for journalistic purposes, but they’re bringing something exciting to the table with their refreshing guitar pop sound, crafted into non-stop bangers.
Dropping their debut track last year, every single song they’ve followed it up with have been bold and beautiful and destined to be yelled – hands in the air, eyes shut – as the sun sets at a festival. As the band go from strength to strength, it’s clear they’re destined to make a splash and solidify themselves as your new faves.
From the same village and with the same friends since the first year of school, side by side they formed their first gangs and they very probably partied together for the first time at Turnmills and Fabric. Chris and Liam are like the yin and yang: each of them has something of each other. Just as Taoist concepts are deep-rooted in the ancient rural religions, their intricate and atmospheric music also has something a little rural about it. Swap China for their native Hertfordshire, a county that has the motto “trust and fear not”. Their tracks aim for infinity: they move majestically conquering cities such as New Delhi, Sydney and Lisbon, they play at synthetic electronic music and organic jazz clubs, they were recruited by Khruangbin and even seduced the queen Lana Del Rey with a remix. Anything to establish their own kingdom: Maribou State.