A quintet formed in the seaside town of Brighton, Squid is one of London’s many promising post-punk bands. With a manic and raucous drive, they have shared the stage with groups such as Black MIDI and Black Country, New Road. Their sound not only includes traditional rock instrumentation but percussion and horns as well. This may seem out of place in post-punk.
Squid‘s nervy debut blazes through scraps of jazz, funk, krautrock, dub, and punk. More than a canonized style, it’s their level of control that sets them apart.
FAV for “post punk”, RT for “art rock”. As Black Country, New Road can’t decide what label best suits their music, asking their ever-increasing legion of fans doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Although, thinking again, the British sextet does well to keep us in a constant state of doubt as to what their next change of direction will be: a torrent of absolutely free sax, meta-pop nods (there are references to Scott Walker and Richard Hell in the lyrics), some words mumbled by a narrator on the verge of madness and seconds of silence that weigh a ton. The only (and exciting) certainty that the band transmits is the same you can find in the blood tests of Squid and Black Midi: right now, the waters of the Thames flow with the same no wave turbulence as the Hudson at the end of the seventies.
The London trio PVA brings together musicians Ella Harris, Josh Baxter, and Louis Satchell in service of danceable art-school pop music combining bits of disco, house, synthpop, new wave, dance-punk, et al. Their latest jam, “Divine Intervention,” is arriving via super-producer Dan Carey’s ever-reliable Speedy Wunderground label (which previously brought us Black Midi, Squid, and Black Country, New Road among others) with production by Carey himself. According to label co-runner Pierre Hall, “It reminds me of Patti Smith fronting Factory Floor,” which is pretty spot-on. The wheel is not being reinvented here, but man is it spinning. Listen below.
Lazarus Kane, the latest musical alchemist to bend the scope of genres to create a truly eclectic sound. His debut single Narcissus, the first taste of an artist signed to the Speedy Wunderground label, the people responsible for bringing us the likes of Squid, Black Midi and Black Country, New Road. The key themes between the artists being a focus on ground-breaking, unconventional and at times downright weird music.
“Narcissus” is a wonderfully disco-drenched number with the soulful cocksure vibe of Prince, but hemmed beautifully with a Primal Scream edge. There’s a wonderful magnetic intimacy from Lazarus Kane that ropes you in but somehow keeps you at arm’s length for the track’s duration.
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