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In quite atypical fashion, there were actually a few positives to take from the news stories from the past week.

Liverpool inched closer to the Champions League final with a dominating 5-2 win against Roma, North and South Korea shook hands (and possibly even, made up?) and our Swedish sweethearts ABBA instantly made the world a better place with the announcement of two new tracks and a virtual holographic tour. Through the usual doom and gloom, it's inspiring really how easily 4 former Eurovision winners can put a smile on our faces.

Though there's no new ABBA to share just yet, here are the best releases from last week for your listening pleasure. 

Girls Names – Karoline

Ahead of the release of their new record, Belfast outfit Girls Names share a glimpse of what to expect in the stirring album closer ‘Karoline’. The track sees the bringing together of introspective lyrics with a positive sense of optimism subtly entwined in the dark and deep hooks. On the track, frontman Cathal Cully says, “Karoline is a fictional character who represents whatever you put on a pedestal and chase after, long for or get eaten up with memory or nostalgia over.”

Hatchie – Sleep

Just days from her debut UK tour, Brisbane-based Hatchie drops her latest single ‘Sleep’. Delving further into her self-examining world, ‘Sleep’ centres around the sensation of being frustrated with someone who can’t communicate their feelings. The jangly synths and bubbly hooks make for an infectious fourth track from her upcoming EP, Sugar & Spice. The young Australian has experienced a remarkable year, signing to a number of labels across the world, and sets herself up for a wild future with the imminent release of the debut record.

Skating Polly – Hollywood Factory

Attitude-heavy trio Skating Polly have been turning heads with their fiery punk riffs and witty lyricism. This week they release ‘Hollywood Factory’ ahead of their new album The Make It All Show, due May 11th. The track initially emerged after band member Kelli Mayo filmed a pilot for a TV show which eventually got dropped. After some months of neglect, they came back to the song in the studio, enhancing it with a ton more sarcasm, as well as darker lyrics. Despite this, the track still uses pop-infused elements, rounded off with an infectious chorus.

Lean – On the Fence

After bonding over their shared admiration for 90s hip-hop and indie rock, Kyle McCammon and Stephen Johnson formed Lean to pour these influences into their own music. ‘On the Fence’ comes from their upcoming debut album, set for release May 25th. The song instantly prompts visuals of summer days with its sun-kissed and laidback hooks. ‘On the Fence’ is a genuine indie-pop classic: simple, carefree and undoubtedly catchy.

Disciples – Atheist

South London trio Disciples drop ‘Atheist’ following their sold-out debut live show at London’s KOKO. Staying true to their underground roots, ‘Atheist’ is a deep bass-led track, parading funky rhythms and silky vocals from Nathan Duvall. The platinum selling outfit set themselves up for a big year, already stacked with festival appearances across the globe, including Belgium’s Tomorrowland and the UK’s Creamfields. 

Harrison Lipton – Clouds

Growing up in Manhattan, vocalist Harrison Lipton has a musical background involving being the featured soloist in a gospel choir. To this day, gospel still has influences in the musician’s songwriting, evident in his dreamy and gently soulful vocals. Positioned against ambient percussion and soothing synth hooks, ‘Clouds’ is a delicate, mellow introduction to his undeniable talent.

 

Hilary Woods – Black Rainbow

Woods’ has achieved widespread industry praise from her stunning artistry as a multi-instrumentalist. With a minimalist approach layered with atmospheric sounds and haunting vocals, her uniqueness knows no boundaries. ‘Black Rainbow’ is an elegant addition to her impressive collection, setting the tone for the upcoming debut album due in June. On the track, she says, “I loved the idea that when a relationship is dying between two people that once loved each other very much, there is no choice but to believe that there is something better for you at the end of it all.”

Orions Belte – Le Mans

After spending life on the road with other bands, Ovyind Blomstrom and Chris Holm eventually united over their mutual dream of starting an instrumental project. Now working as a three-piece with Kim Age Furuhaug, the Norwegian outfit release ‘Le Mans’ ahead of their debut record. ‘Le Mans’ is a bluesy track, with hazy hooks and soothing jazz-infused rhythms. Drawing on an eclectic blend of influences ranging from 1970s Nigerian rock to postcards from the French Riviera and Formula One races at the Monza track in Italy, ‘Le Mans’ could fit neatly into a street party in Oslo or a casino in Paris.

Lewis Watson – Congratulations

British singer-songwriter Lewis Watson releases a cover of Post Malone’s ‘Congratulations’ ahead of his imminent EP Nineties, Noughties, Twenties. In contrast to the rapper’s original version, Watson puts his unique spin on the remake, layering his folky vocals against soft acoustic hooks. The vocalist steps outside of his comfort zone in intriguing style, pulling off a cover that transposes two very different genres.

The Boxing – Circles

Quickly gaining momentum with their sharp melodies and moody post-punk hooks, Leeds trio The Boxing release their brand new single ‘Circles’. The track is a gloomy soundscape, filled with thrashing guitar riffs which border on the side of psych-rock. Polished off with an equally as psychedelic music video, ‘Circles’ is an infectious chunk of rock gold, highlighting The Boxing as yet another talented export to come from the West Yorkshire city.


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