When I’m walking to the studio to make life changing pieces of art I often stare at my reflection in the car windows and laugh at what the badge covered denim jacket, the tatty tight jeans, the unkempt hair and week long stubble. When did I become a wannabe rock star punk? My taste in music has gravitated towards the more angst driven, hurt bound, loud and aggressive guitar led songs. Despite this, there’s a part in all of us that loves the soundtrack of Juno and secretly love a few hundred Belle & Sebastian tracks. Twee is getting trendy these days and no matte how cool we think we are, a song that reminds you of innocence and girls you used to fancy will always get stuck in your head.
Although a bit cute compared to my normal taste, Tiny Rhymes from Canada and Buffalo have managed to tap into that summer mind which curiously enjoys a glass of Pimms on the grass. Even if I’m gonna smoke a cigarette and look moody doing it. Their debut album hits on June 23rd and Arrows is the lead single. Lucky us eh?
As soon as summer hits I become a blubbering alcoholic mess who can’t seem to wash his own clothes but can consume more beer than Homer Simpson on a bender. Not something to be proud of but as I’m attempting to settle back into a degree of normality I thought blogging may be just the ticket. • Seoul’s • debut I Became A Shade came out two days ago on Grand Jury and Real June is the perfect tune for the upcoming beleaguered summer days. As I live in Scotland I often need to be reminded that yes, it is in fact June and not November which this song does brilliantly. Upbeat synth and single coil guitars keep this indie pop delight pushing through the ennui of summer boredom.
I want to go for a pint with Sharon Van Etten. Not only is her hauntingly soulful voice totally hypnotic but I imagine she’s got a class anecdote or two for me to be jealous of in my woefully inexperienced life. “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” is the title track off her upcoming EP slated for release June 9th on Jagwaguwar. Typically driven through nuanced guitars Van Etten’s voice manages to lull you into the sense of security that no matter how bad your life is, she understands and will probably share whatever misery you share with an equally poignant one of her own. It’s out for pre-order on iTunes now so get on with it mate.