Here are five of the best tracks released recently, according to me, of course. If you're mad enough to trust me and bored enough to read on, I think you'll find this list might change your whole life. You're welcome.
1) 'Get Off' - Zuzu
First of all, we need to talk about this killer track. As soon as I heard 'Get Off', included on the 'Hot New Bands Spotify Playlist' earlier this week, it had me SNATCHED. Liverpool newcomers Zuzu slam through this super-addictive track, nourished with nasty guitars and rusty vocals. Zuzu's visual style is a thrown-back devil-may-care attitude, that appears like a collision between Lisa Loeb and Chrissie Hynde. It is slacker rock, and it is a revelation. It kind of has this hit&run euphoria akin to what one might experience on one of those roller-coaster things. You just feel compelled to go again. There are musical resemblances to Pavement, Sonic Youth, Grandaddy, and The La's. I have this on repeat all week.
— Zuzu (@thisiszuzu) October 22, 2016
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2) 'Waste A Moment' - Kings Of Leon
The return of Kings Of Leon is just something that needed to happen. I have a personal attachment to their work, and remember how a friend of mine that passed away adored them so. They were the soundtrack to my teenage years, they were our Rolling Stones. In a recent interview with NME, Kings of Leon front-man Caleb Followill spilled some Tea on the band's years prior to their spectacular comeback album, 'Walls'. "There were a lot of moments where we weren't talking, it was like, 'Man, we've become business partners. We haven't maintained our friendship and our brotherhood, everything that we are." I suppose these things happen, after all, they do say blood is thicker than water. But never forget that if your blood is too thick it can lead to cardiac arrest. Another lead to cardiac arrest is this track, which, also, I have on repeat. NME, by the way, said that the song "takes itself too seriously", which is the most ironic thing that I've heard all fucking week, to be honest. Also: I need to know where Jared Followill got his uber-cool rose-embroidered polyester shirt because it's lit AF.
3) 'She Said' - Sundara Karma
After fortifying their profile with some savage EP's, memorable festival performances and live shows, Reading-based Sundara Karma are one of the most talked about bands in indie music. 'She Said' is one of their latest tracks and is getting a hella lotta airplay, and rightfully so. I'm told William Shakespeare is one of their biggest influences, obviously because he was a rock'n'roll bad-ass who also wrote some poems on the side. Their music is infectious and youthful, but considering the reverberatory sound from their song 'Olympia', from their forthcoming album 'Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect', they are about to take on a more complex and ambitious sound. One of my favorite bands right about now.