It's February already, and as the snow begins to settle and allay the dries of January, we've put together a playlist filled with the best of the week's new music, including new releases from Beirut, Cherry Glazer, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Find the playlist below, and don't forget to follow us on Spotify to keep up to date with our latest findings, festival playlists and more.
Cherry Glazerr – Stuffed & Ready
The last time we saw a new record from LA's garage teen-rockers Cherry Glazerr's was the day of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. It's unfortunately something of a truism that the world has been an increasingly jarring and surreal place since, and so perhaps its apt that the trio's third album Stuffed & Ready should drop some of their defining raucous energy for a gloomier, reflective and uncomfortable expression.
That said, frontperson Clementine Creevy's songwriting can stick pack hefty clout when needed, with some explosive moments tearing apart the gorgeous, chorus-y guitars in the likes of 'Self Explained' and 'Isolation'. A solid return that is already likely to keep it in good stead in 2019 album lists. JB
Murlo – 'Fauna'
The second single from the producer’s forthcoming debut album after ‘Evaporate’ at the end of last year, this release came with an update on the record that we now know is called Dolos. In true Murlo fashion, it will come with an accompanying graphic novel written and illustrated by the multi-faceted artist. Also in true Murlo fashion, this single is another characteristically bouncy cut filled with the synth sounds that have become synonymous with his work. JK
Boy Harsher – Careful
Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller aka Boy Harsher undeniably exist within the faux 80’s niche popularised after the cult success of 2011’s Drive, but focus their energies on discovering dark and sensuous textures opposed to stomping on the well-trodden territory. With synths samples resembling Brad Fiedel’s cinematic sci-fi score to The Terminator, Matthews’ sultry, distant vocal cascading around the instrumentation offers the kind of danceable-but-distressing compositions you could expect from Eurythmics had they continued as a duo throughout years of bubbling resentment.
Considering the album was inspired by tragedy, it’s a far more defiant record than expected; derived from a tattoo of the same word on Matthew’s back after her relationship with her mother broke down, Careful is an amalgam of influences from the new-wave section in the record shop, and equally a gutsy step forward. TC