Manchester-based band Audioweb are announcing their triumphant return to music. ‘King’ is their first release in 23 years. Leaving their Britpop days behind them, the four piece’s new track takes them in the Trip-Hop and Dub direction. Expansive textures herald their return, with light brass moments punctuating the futuristically electronic sounding guitars. The production of this track creates a constant groove that you can’t help but move to, with the Bass line acting as an anchor to the whole song. The lyrics bring out the sense of a prodigal return for this band, as they ask for “someone to believe in us”, the production of this single will surely make you do just that.
Indie rock band Interstate Drive have unveiled their newest single ‘Open Your Eyes’. With rich guitar melodies and driving drums, it’s no surprise that this single has already been picked up by BBC Introducing and Voice FM. The Southampton rockers break through with emotive lyrics that are sure to get a rousing response at their live shows. While it might not be a flawless vocal performance, the sincerity of the lead vocals and the balance of the arrangement more than make up for this. The uplifting chorus has me nostalgic for bands such as You Me At Six and Mallory Knox, and evenings spent in sweaty venues discovering your new favourite band.
Pop-rock is truly alive and well in Belfast’s Mia Librojo’s latest single ‘Can’t Get Enough of You’. Drawing from the early days of Avril Lavigne, ‘Can’t Get Enough of You’ is an anthem and call to arms for broken hearts stuck in toxic relationships. Mia Librojo clearly possesses huge vocal talents, as she hints at the melismas and vocal runs she is capable of, but holds back from giving it all on this first track. As much as I’m loath to compare a female pop punk singer to her, I’d love to hear some Hayley William type big vocals on the next track! At only 17 years old, this is a powerful debut for the young singer songwriter, who showcases her punky personality and big vocals with this energetic single.
The Vaccines have released the final single from their highly anticipated fifth studio album. ‘Jump Of the Top’ feels like running through a sunny festival field, and it’s not hard to believe that this song became a fan favourite after it’s first live performance. Energetic and vibrant, ‘Jump Off The Top’ is complete with roaring guitars and euphoric vocals. This clean sounding single is reminiscent of The Killers and Circa Waves, as The Vaccines continue to deliver their polished Indie Rock sound. Something about this single is synonymous with the festival feeling, and I think it embodies that euphoria that we are all feeling now that live music is back in our lives. Their new album ‘Love City’ was inspired by imaginary cities and is set in a modern day pleasure island – equal parts utopia and dystopia.
Manchester’s own singer songwriter Lea Willms bares all on her new single ‘Bittersweet’. Finding beauty in vulnerability, Lea Willms timidly sings of the fear of falling in love. Gentle acoustic guitars and floating vocals create a dreamy and alluring soundscape which draws from artists such as Clairo, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker. This song sounds like it is bound up in intimate memories and moments, and listening to it feels like you are being granted a glimpse into Lea’s mind. Sincere vocals sung by a tender voice is always a recipe for success in my book, and I love the casual nature of the lyrics here as it lets us fully immerse ourselves in the world that Lea has created here.