RGM Recommends- The Singles

Seas of Mirth –Klank Klank

This is one for the Psych lovers – hailing from Nottingham, Seas of Mirth released this ‘underwater deep-ocean album’ named Submarine Dreams last year so it is available to stream now. Klank Klank is the first video on the album and it is certainly attention-grabbing with the opening vocal being a gurgling/drowning sound and the madness continues throughout.  Once the drowning sound has faded, in kicks a catchy guitar riff and a vocal you could almost class as a rap – it gets exciting but then comes the theremin… and several other styles. They are all individually exciting components but there is a lot going on in the track – it feels a little bit like that ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach where you travel through all of the different elements, it’s exciting but confusing.

Home Counties – Dad Bod

Released on 1st July, the second single from Bristol-based band Home Counties is available to stream now. Having had their first single championed by various radio stations I was quite excited to review this one but it’s not for me. That is largely due to the recorder sound in the instrumentals, which is quite annoying and juvenile sounding – like it should be played in a school hall. That aside though, the track is kind of inconsequential, there’s nothing really exciting or even funny about it, it’s very repetitive. The song needs more verse but it’s kind of given up on whist ‘Dad Bod’ is said on repeat.

The Crooks  – She Walks Alone

Released on 13th July via Golden Robot Records this is the newest single from Chesterfield-based 5-piece indie band ‘The Crooks’. This is a really lovely single with some strong 90’s Brit-Pop vibes. The song features some great guitar work and is lyrically stunning, She Walks Alone is a story of how someone destined for failure can still be the light in someone else’s life. Whilst there could be more to the chorus, the track as a whole is beautiful and one to make you just kick back and reflect on the lyrics.

The New Icons – Propaganda from Electric Ghost Graffiti

Scouse band ‘The New Icons’ released Electric Ghost Grafitti via Breckside Records on 17th July. The track is a nice guitar based song reminiscent of Wall era Pink Floyd. It’s quite a mellow tune with some catchy lyrics and is certainly one to sing a long to!

Darla Jade – Two of You

From Stoke-On-Trent, Darla Jade is an electro-pop artist who releases ‘Two of You’ on all major platforms on 24th July. Darla Jade has a beautifully distinctive voice, followed up by catchy lyrics and upbeat punchy production;

This track is a real earworm with tonnes of commercial appeal. This a lovely piece of summery sing-a-long pop that I can really imagine blowing up, I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot from Darla Jade.

Glass Ankle – For Another Day

Manchester / Cheshire (UK) dreamy indie-folkers, Glass Ankle are back with their first new song in 3 years ‘For Another Day’ which will be out on all major streaming platforms from Friday 24th July. Written during lockdown the song is about the overwhelming urge to run away. The song features some wonderfully dreamy synths and crisp glockenspiel that beautifully compliments the lyrics which include a goose bump inducing Japanese Haiku –  it’s so perfectly smooth and calming it sends you right over to your happy place!