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Posted Saturday, April 21, 2018.
"Mama Milker" - Gloria
Fell in love with this French psych-pop band as a result of their tune "Exotica" a couple of years back, but this song is more in the "dirty 60s-esque girl pop wonderment" camp, with magnificent harmonies and bloody hell it's only got an actual bloody guitar solo in it.
"Quarrel" - Moses Sumney
Behold the slightly bizzare new video for "Quarrel", in which the talented Mr. Sumney turns his prodigiously lovely voice to the forbidden love between horse and man (kidding). Stick around to the very end - this gorgeous song starts small and goes suitably epic (if not a bit 70s Battlestar Galactica - you'll see what I mean).
"Walk The Walk" - Gaz Coombes
A terrific blues-y head nodder a la the Black Keys, but elevated by strings and a semi-falsetto that are surprisingly reminiscant of That Other 90s Band From Oxford, you know, the one he wasn't in*.
"Raindrop Blue" - King Tuff
Why not try this bizarre, slightly sleazy stompalong from King Tuff's new album "The Other" to start your day? I do like that the saxophone is returning from its long and deserved popular music exile. It's done its time.
"Trafalgar Square" - Jonathan Wilson
This song has many elements - there's a bit of Floyd-esque psychadelia, then it goes a bit Norman Greenbaum, at least one of the chord changes is cribbed directly from "White Punks On Dope". As such, it's completely bloody marvellous.
"My Queen Is Ada Eastman" - Sons Of Kemet
An angry British jazz deployment which had me transfixed from the intro and then the vocal kicked in somewhere around the three minute mark and now I'm basically hooked and it's been on repeat since. Help.
"Nevermine" - Forth Wanderers
This is considerably more lovely and jangly and melodic than we deserve at this point in the day. Good harmonies, too.