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Me Lost Me – Nevergreen

Me Lost Me is the music project of Newcastle based musician Jayne Dent, and Nevergreen came out a few months ago as one of the singles from her latest album, The Good Noise, which was released last week. The entire album is brilliant, and ranges from meandering, folky ballads to soaring, ethereal pop, many of which are pinned together with crisp and precise drum programming. Nevergreen itself is a beguiling mix of all of these elements and more: something you could easily imagine soundtracking a hallucinatory scene in whatever mind-bending film Ari Aster currently has in the works.

https://www.melostme.com/

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Jim-E Stack – Jeanie feat. Bon Iver

Jim-E Stack is an artist who’s slowly crept onto my radar over the last couple of years by putting out a steady stream of reliably good but usually fairly understated, indie-electronica. “I’ll give this a shout out on the blog” I naively thought a couple of hours ago. “He could probably do with the support…” but oh right turns out he gets well over a million monthly listeners on Spotify and is already kind of A Big Deal. Probably should have guessed as much given the featured guest on this is Saint Bon Iver to be fair. Anyway, it’s great: and I’m very excited about his new album, Ephemera, which is out later this month.

https://www.instagram.com/jimestack

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Loma – Elliptical Days

I only posted about Loma last week so I’ll keep this short, but Jesus CHRIST this is absolutely brilliant. Consider me sufficiently hyped for the album. Great video too.

https://lomamusic.bandcamp.com

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Anjimile – In Your Eyes

Records like this are the exact reason I wanted to start this blog: an artist I had never previously heard of, making absolutely incredible music that – so far at least – isn’t quite the attention it deserves. Anjimile Chithambo wrote much of the album from which In Your Eyes is taken while in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, while also “living more fully as a nonbinary trans person”. The press release goes on to make Sufjan Stevens comparisons, which is usually pretty dangerous ground on which to tread, but in this case is absolutely on-point, and there are also echoes of Tracy Chapman in much of Giver Taker, both vocally and in the quiet rage that underpins some of the songs.

There are so many moment of brilliance in the album, but In Your Eyes gets my particular stamp of approval for being one of the best songs I’ve heard all year.

https://anjimile.bandcamp.com

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Lomelda – Hannah Sun

Hannah Sun is one of three tracks on the new Lomelda album – also titled Hannah – that are named after their creator, Hannah Reid. “It felt important to call it Hannah because it attached me and my person and my responsibility to the music” she said in a recent interview. Even without this exposition, there could be little doubt that these are deeply personal. intimate songs, and Hannah Sun drifts and shimmers like the last sunbeams of the day gently breaking through a canopy of softly shifting leaves.

https://lomelda.bandcamp.com/album/hannah

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All We Are – Beauty In Loss

A little peek behind the curtain of The Predatory Wasp: I have had a pretty testing week to say the least, for a variety of reasons – some of them heat-based, some of them not. So to wake up to a new album from one of my very favourite bands was a very welcome way to usher in the weekend. I’ve seen All We Are live a few times now and they are amongst the most compelling, energetic bands out there. Like a lot of their music, Beauty In Loss is strikes a brilliant balance between being poignant and funky as fuck, and I can’t wait to get back in a club/basement/field with them.

https://www.thisisallweare.co.uk

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Wye Oak – No Place

I really love Wye Oak, and posting about No Place – which is taken from their latest EP, No Horizon – also gives me a valid reason to talk about one of my favourite songs of the last few years, It Was Not Natural: if you haven’t heard this, go and do it right now. It’s one of the most passionate delivered, inspiring records I’ve ever heard and makes me so happy every time I hear it.

Anyway, back to the present: No Horizon was recorded with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus contributing to every track, which lends the entire EP a spectral, quietly disorienting quality especially when paired with the rolling polyrhythms on No Place.

https://wyeoak.bandcamp.com

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Jadu Heart – Walk The Line

Jadu Heart are a UK duo who I first came across via last year’s excellent Melt Away LP, with Zorah Come Home making an especially lasting impression, sitting somewhere between Jai Paul and Little Dragon. Walk The Line is one of a series of singles they’ve been releasing this year, and which seem to be moving further from their electronic roots towards more fully-fledged songs and lush production. It’s a really catchy, haunting record, and a proper duet – which I really think we could use more of in modern music.

https://www.jaduheart.com

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Haim – Gasoline

After being fairly obsessed with Haim for a few years after they released their first EP, and seeing them perform at what feels like every Glastonbury I’ve ever been to, I honestly can’t remember anything about their previous album, 2017’s Something To Tell You, except that it exists and I definitely listened to it at least once. Gasoline is taken from their new LP Women In Music Part.III, which a lot of critics are losing their shit about. For me the first half kind drifts past – pleasant but unremarkable – before a much stronger second half, kicked off by Gasoline which is unequivocally brilliant.

http://haimtheband.com

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Westerman – Big Nothing Glow

Sitting somewhere between bedroom pop and folky electronica, Big Nothing Glow is taken from Westerman’s new album Your Hero Is Not Dead. It’s a gentle, hauntingly affecting song that calls to mind various other artists with whom I’m more familiar: Autre Ne Veut, Her, Toro Y Moi amongst them. I haven’t properly got stuck into the album yet, but on the basis of this it’s something I’m going to be spending a lot of time with.

Also, remember Just Jack? Westerman looks so much like him I had to check several times that they’re not the same person. So there’s that.

https://www.westerman.world/