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FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart #2: 9 January 2020

Tame Impala's Kevin Parker
Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. Photo: Neil Krug

Tame Impala’s huge new single Lost in Yesterday is straight in at number-one on this week’s FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart.

The latest track from Tame Impala’s upcoming new album The Slow Rush may well already be one of the singles of the year, and becomes the second chart-topper on our brand-new chart.

Elsewhere our chart – and the accompanying playlist – features new music from Wolf Parade, Joywave, Dream Nails and more, for 12 new entries overall.

What is the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart?

Launched last week, the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart is our countdown of today’s best new music, featuring the hottest bands and projects from around the world.

We publish the chart every Thursday, gathering the most essential alternative, indie, pop and rock music in a distinctive Top 40 format.

You can learn more about the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart, including how we were inspired by the golden age of the UK Indie Chart and the nitty-gritty of how it’s compiled and which artists are eligible, in this article.

This week’s new entries and movers

Despite the January blues, we’ve got no less than 12 new entries in total, from some names you’re sure to already know, and some you might not.

We’ve already told you that Tame Impala is the highest new entry, with a track we’re sure to be listening to for quite some time.

Tame Impala shoves Delacey‘s No One’s Gonna Ever Love You off the top spot: She slips to No. 3, as La Roux retains second spot with Gullible Fool.

The second highest new entry comes from Grimes, in at No. 7 with My Name is Dark, from her new album Miss Anthropocene, due in February but leaked online in November.

North America is freshly represented in the top 20 by Joywave‘s fun new track and Wolf Parade‘s latest single, and at No. 24 by Wild Nothing‘s New Year’s Day release Foyer.

Alcopop! Records signing Dream Nails announced their debut album this week – it’s set for release in April – and debut on the chart at No. 27 with Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns).

Veterans Bombay Bicycle Club are in at No. 28, and newcomers Mush make an impact at No. 31.

A poppy effort from Los Angeles County fivesome The Mowgli’s squeezes in at No. 34, before three lesser-known artists round out the latest Top 40.

Young Wakefield band The Jarrs are at No. 37, raucous Vancouver trio Lié chart at No. 39, and singer-songwriter Sofia Wolfson concludes the listing at No. 40.

The week’s notable climbers are Courteeners, who surge 14 places to No. 9, and Ten Fé, who reach the top five.

You can listen to the full Top 40 each week via our Spotify playlist. Heart the playlist to always have access to the latest, freshest picks, now and forevermore! You can also click on the track titles in the chart below to open individual songs on that platform.

You can check out the full FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart below, and make sure to check back every Thursday for the latest edition! ♥♥♥

FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart: 09 January 2020
TWLW ARTIST / TITLE 
01NETame Impala
Australia
Lost in Yesterday
Modular Recordings
0202La Roux
United Kingdom
Gullible Fool
Supercolour Records
0301Delacey
United States
No One's Gonna Ever Love You
HITCO / Delicate Flower
0403Gengahr
United Kingdom
Heavenly Maybe
Liberator Music
0510Ten Fé
United Kingdom
Heaven Sent Me
Some Kinda Love
0604Grimes
Canada
So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth
4AD
07NEGrimes
Canada
My Name is Dark
4AD
0808MGMT
United States
In the Afternoon
0923Courteeners
United Kingdom
Better Man
Ignition Records
1012Do Nothing
United Kingdom
LeBron James
Exact Truth
1109Tame Impala
Australia
Posthumous Forgiveness
Modular Recordings
1205Ladyhawke
New Zealand
Colours in the Dark
Modular Recordings
1306The Big Moon
United Kingdom
Take a Piece
Fiction Records
14NEJoywave
United States
Half Your Age
Cultco Music / Hollywood Records
1507Thyla
United Kingdom
December
16NEWolf Parade
Canada
Julia Take Your Man Home
Sub Pop Records
1713Say Lou Lou
Sweden
The Look of Love
Cosmos Music
1816Yumi Zouma
New Zealand
Right Track / Wrong Man
Polyvinyl
1919White Lies
United Kingdom
Falling Out Without Me
[PIAS]
2018Hockey Dad
Australia
I Missed Out
Farmer & the Owl / BMG
2111Allie X
Canada
Regulars
Twin Music
2215Jess Day
Australia
Affection
2321Stereo Honey
United Kingdom
My Darkness
LAB Records
24NEWild Nothing
United States
Foyer
Captured Tracks
2514Spacey Jane
Australia
Head Cold
2622Shopping
United Kingdom
Initiative
FatCat Records
27NEDream Nails
United Kingdom
Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns)
Alcopop! Records
28NEBombay Bicycle Club
United Kingdom
I Can Hardly Speak
Mmm...Records
2930Neon Trees
United States
Used to Like
Thrill Forever
3017Grimes
Canada
4ÆM
4AD
31NEMush
United Kingdom
Revising My Fee
Memphis Industries
3220Beach Bunny
United States
Ms. California
Mom+Pop
3324Honeymoan
South Africa
Still Here
Communion
34NEThe Mowgli's
United States
Wasting Time
CandyShop Recordings
3525Poliça
United States
Forget Me Now
Memphis Industries
3627Kalpa
United Kingdom
Tether
37NEThe Jarrs
United Kingdom
Do Your Magic on Me
3832Coach Party
United Kingdom
Oh Lola
Chess Club
39NELié
Canada
Digging in the Desert
Mint Records
40NESofia Wolfson
United States
Party Favors

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FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart #1: 2 January 2020

The Big Moon
The Big Moon feature in the first Alternative Singles Chart with Take a Piece. Photo: Pooneh Ghana

The FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart is our brand-new countdown of today’s best new music, featuring the hottest bands and projects from around the world.

We’ll be publishing the chart every Thursday, gathering the most essential alternative, indie, pop and rock music in a distinctive Top 40 format.

The Alternative Singles Chart will not only highlight the most exciting new releases by the artists you need to hear, but also capture the zeitgeist of what’s important in music today, all with the added excitement of a weekly number-one single.

You can learn more about the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart, including how we were inspired by the golden age of the UK Indie Chart and the nitty-gritty of how it’s compiled and which artists are eligible, in this article.

The first ever FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart

The Alternative Singles Chart launches fresh for 2020, and the very first listing features some of the best music to be released in the final two months of the last decade.

The debut number-one single comes from Los Angeles’ hype pop artist Delacey, whose dark-yet-lush No One’s Gonna Ever Love You wowed us in December.

The latest track to be revealed from La Roux‘s forthcoming third album Supervision takes the No. 2 spot, followed by surely the best single to date from Gengahr.

Other famous names in the first chart include Tame Impala and MGMT, but, in keeping with FEISTY’s mantra as a whole, we’re most excited to tell you about some of the new and emerging artists in the list.

Thyla‘s seasonal single December makes the top-ten at No. 7, and unsigned Australian artist Jess Day‘s impossibly-catchy effort Affection makes waves at No. 15.

Dream pop duo Lorelei, Norwegian indie favourites Strange Hellos and UK newcomers Coach Party are among the others to star in our milestone first chart.

And Do Nothing and Silverbacks reflect the bubbling trend for music inspired by 2000s post-punk revival, the former’s single LeBron James coming in at No. 12.

You can listen to the full Top 40 each week via our Spotify playlist. Heart the playlist to always have access to the latest, freshest picks, now and forevermore! You can also click on the track titles in the chart below to open individual songs on that platform.

You can check out the full first FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart below, and as a final note, happy new year from the FEISTY team! ♥♥♥

FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart: 02 January 2020
TWLW ARTIST / TITLE 
01NEDelacey
United States
No One's Gonna Ever Love You
HITCO / Delicate Flower
02NELa Roux
United Kingdom
Gullible Fool
Supercolour Records
03NEGengahr
United Kingdom
Heavenly Maybe
Liberator Music
04NEGrimes
Canada
So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth
4AD
05NELadyhawke
New Zealand
Colours in the Dark
Modular Recordings
06NEThe Big Moon
United Kingdom
Take a Piece
Fiction Records
07NEThyla
United Kingdom
December
08NEMGMT
United States
In the Afternoon
09NETame Impala
Australia
Posthumous Forgiveness
Modular Recordings
10NETen Fé
United Kingdom
Heaven Sent Me
Some Kinda Love
11NEAllie X
Canada
Regulars
Twin Music
12NEDo Nothing
United Kingdom
LeBron James
Exact Truth
13NESay Lou Lou
Sweden
The Look of Love
Cosmos Music
14NESpacey Jane
Australia
Head Cold
15NEJess Day
Australia
Affection
16NEYumi Zouma
New Zealand
Right Track / Wrong Man
Polyvinyl
17NEGrimes
Canada
4ÆM
4AD
18NEHockey Dad
Australia
I Missed Out
Farmer & the Owl / BMG
19NEWhite Lies
United Kingdom
Falling Out Without Me
[PIAS]
20NEBeach Bunny
United States
Ms. California
Mom+Pop
21NEStereo Honey
United Kingdom
My Darkness
LAB Records
22NEShopping
United Kingdom
Initiative
FatCat Records
23NECourteeners
United Kingdom
Better Man
Ignition Records
24NEHoneymoan
South Africa
Still Here
Communion
25NEPoliça
United States
Forget Me Now
Memphis Industries
26NELorelei
Australia
Skylight
27NEKalpa
United Kingdom
Tether
28NEThe Naked and Famous
New Zealand
Sunseeker
AWAL Recordings
29NEStrange Hellos
Norway
Prince of Nothingness
Brilliance Records
30NENeon Trees
United States
Used to Like
Thrill Forever
31NENow, Now
United States
Lonely Christmas
Moodring Records
32NECoach Party
United Kingdom
Oh Lola
Chess Club
33NESeasurfer
Germany
Lovers Breakdown
Reptile Music
34NESophie and the Giants
United Kingdom
Runaway
Island Records / Universal
35NELa Roux
United Kingdom
International Woman of Leisure
Supercolour Records
36NESilverbacks
Ireland
Sirens
Nice Swan Records
37NESløtface
Norway
New Year, New Me
Propeller Recordings
38NEThe Mysterines
United Kingdom
Who's Ur Girl?
Pretty Face Recordings
39NESorry
United Kingdom
Rock 'n' Roll Star
Domino
40NECatcall
Australia
One Desire
Instant Touch Recordings

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Premiere: TOGGI – Dancing Alone

TOGGI
TOGGI is former Shakanaka vocalist Torgeir Hørheim. Photo: Mandler Productions

TOGGI channels the indelible spirit of 1980s post-punk on his debut solo single.

Dancing Alone is a quirky celebration of solitude, featuring guitar tones reminiscent of The Cure’s Disintegration album and French coldwave trio Asylum Party.

The Norwegian’s heavily-accented vocals chirpily tell of, in his own words, “what you can do when you are alone”, and the freedom it gives to have nobody around.

Also self-assuredly telling us the track is a “simple masterpiece”, TOGGI adds: “When no-one can see you, you can do whatever you want.”

TOGGI is short for Torgeir Høgheim. Torgeir was previously one-half of Shakanaka, a lo-fi duo he formed with childhood friend Eirik “Egg” Wergeland, himself now riding solo as EGGE.

Shakanaka released two EPs and a number of singles between 2014 to 2017, not quite managing to release a touted album, but nonetheless achieving a degree of national prominence by playing spots at noted industry events including Bergensfest.

Prior to his time with Shakanaka, TOGGI was the vocalist-guitarist of garage rock quartet Berlingo, releasing a full-length, Denne Dansen, in 2013.

His solo turn marks the beginning of a new chapter, marked so far by some live spots, including a recent support slot for PNKSLM’s Les Big Byrd in Bergen.

Dancing Alone is released on digital platforms tomorrow as part of Brilliance Records’ Diamond Club.

Premiere: Ivo Lima – Picture

Ivo Lima
Ivo Lima releases his debut single as part of Brilliance Records' Diamond Club

Ivo Lima announces his arrival in style on Picture, a brash debut single dominated by a grandiose trumpet hook.

Released tomorrow by Bergen record label Brilliance Records, Norwegian upstart Ivo’s opener tells of a protagonist struggling to accept a break-up through tall choruses and a hefty brass riff.

Reminding of the electropop sound of the late 2000s, and with some undoubted 1980s pop influences thrown in as well, it’s a catchy start for a local live favourite.

Ivo Lima’s debut solo single comes following previous performances with a full band as SIGURD, sold out shows in Bergen, and a dazzling slot at last year’s Vill Vill Vest.

Despite singing in English on Picture, he regularly communicates on his Facebook page in Norwegian, describing his music as “good pop, sweat, tears and ballads”.

Picture is the latest addition to the Norwegian lineage of Brilliance’s singles series Diamond Club, joining over 125 previous releases by artists including Misty Coast, Mia Berg, Tuvaband and Sløtface.

Premiere: Signe – Your Game

Signe Bådagård
Newcomer Signe was raised in a musical family, one of three sisters who are all vocalists. Photo: Matilda Bådagård

If you’re a fan of sleek alternative pop, then the new single from provocative Swedish newcomer Signe is one you really ought to hear.

Your Game is deliciously hypnotic, pulsing along with a galloping drum sequence and atmospheric beats, building carefully to a stirring, emotionally-charged chorus.

Signe’s sublime vocal, breathy and lush, plays out over the slick arrangement on an art pop single that flaunts all of her potential to be Scandinavia’s next underground star.

The passionate single is about “the feeling of losing control”, and is released tomorrow via Brilliance Records’ Diamond Club.

Of the single, Signe says: “Your Game is about a rush. Whether it’s a rush from a drug, or love, or even sex, I think most people can relate to the feeling of losing control in the company of someone you don’t really know.

“Like you’re going through this thing together, but you have no idea if that other person feels the things you are feeling. And when you come back from the experience, it’s like you have a weirdly strong bond, a connection with that person, even if that connection is totally fake.”

A trained jazz vocalist that also plays classical violin, 26-year-old Signe Bådagård was raised in a deeply musical family. Her father played bass guitar professionally, and after a childhood performing in front of audiences, both Signe and her older sisters became vocalists.

Signe’s tranquil first single, Over, was released last year, preceded by a lead feature on Downtown, a track by unsigned musician Johnny Låga.

She’s also previously collaborated with her sister Matilda and Malmö singer-songwriter Jonathan Johansson, and announced an unreleased EP, titled Sigh Suites, in 2017.

Your Game is also the first release of Diamond Club Sweden, the latest international edition of a regular singles showcase that promotes material from exciting new artists.

Brilliance Records launched the Norwegian edition in 2012, releasing 123 singles to date, by artists including Sløtface, Misty Coast, Margrete and Thea Stapnes. A London-based UK version followed last year, introducing Lauran Hibberd and Girl Crush to the world.

The Swedish edition will be launched at a showcase at Stockholm’s Lilla Hotelbaren on 30 January. Signe will headline, with additional supports yet to be announced.

Artist Playlist No. 5: Thyla’s Millie Duthie

Thyla
Millie Duthie's Thyla bandmates are Mitch Duce, Dan Hole and Danny Southwell. Photo: Cole Flynn Quirke

The fifth edition of the Artist Playlist features selections from Millie Duthie, the lead vocalist and guitarist with supreme British newcomers Thyla.

The Brighton foursome are one of our favourite new bands, blending vintage post-punk tones with anthemic dream pop touches, glazed guitars and some sublime, memorable rock melodies across their various singles to date.

Their debut EP – ignoring a 2014 release by an earlier incarnation of the band – is on the way in February, and we’re sure 2019 will be a big breakthrough year for a group we called “shimmering gems” back in March.

Thyla’s beguiling vocals come courtesy of Millie, who initially met the rest of the band at the University of Sussex, and has since made Brighton and its bustling music scene her home.

It proved a very important decision for the evolution of her own, personal music taste, as she told us: “Moving to Brighton changed everything for me. I owe my musical development to this place, and the friends I’ve made since being here.”

With the help of her friend and bandmates, she’s went from listening to primarily singer-songwriters in the vein of Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell to the ethereal brilliance of Cocteau Twins, North American alternatives Alvvays and Warpaint and modern British big-hitters Wolf Alice and Foals.

She added: “I try to listen to everything. I think it’s important to have a broad knowledge of what’s out there. That said, my go-to playlists and albums are always full of guitars. It’s difficult for me to narrow it down any further than that!”

Millie’s playlist features some of her all-time favourites, a few current picks from the Brighton scene, and her unashamed “hairbrush and mirror” song – plus her thoughts on and the story behind each of them.

Read on for her picks, or head straight for the music and check out all of the tracks she selected on the Spotify playlist here.


Cocteau Twins
Heaven or Las Vegas

Millie says: “This has to be my favourite song of all-time, so it gets the top spot on my playlist. I was late to the party with Cocteau Twins, only really discovering them in recent years. My whole world changed when I heard Elizabeth Fraser’s voice, she’s a constant inspiration to me.”

Taken from: Heaven or Las Vegas, September 1990
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My Bloody Valentine
You Made Me Realise

Millie says: “My Bloody Valentine are one of Thyla’s biggest influences, both in terms of guitar work and male-female vocal interplay.

“Mitch [Duce, Thyla guitarist] showed me the shoegaze documentary Beautiful Noise, and there’s a bit where they talk about MBV live, especially this song’s instrumental section. It’s totally hypnotic and in some cases uncomfortably overwhelming. I really hope I get the chance to see them live!”

Taken from: You Made Me Realise EP, August 1988
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Projector
Full Circle

Millie says: “My favourite Brighton band at the moment. We put on a show for The Alternative Escape this year, and these guys made the basement sweat. I’m really excited about their debut EP, which has just been released. Yes Brighton!”

Taken from: How Does it Feel? EP, November 2018
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Warpaint
Love is to Die

Millie says: “I first saw Warpaint at The Dome in Brighton. I hadn’t heard much of them beforehand, but my friend made me go with her to see them, because she knew I would love it. I did!

“That gig changed everything for me. I became completely obsessed with Warpaint’s Warpaint. I love all of their albums, but this one did something inside. I owe the way I play and think about guitar to these guys. Love is to Die is my favourite song from the album.”

Taken from: Warpaint, January 2014
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JF Sebastian
Komodo

Millie says: “Max [Fletcher, a.k.a. JF Sebastian] and I used to play and write together all the time at college. He played guitar in the early version of Thyla. This is his brand new tune, and it’s wicked. I urge you all to check it out. Alt-pop perfection.”

Taken from: Komodo (single), November 2018
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The Horrors
New Ice Age

Millie says: “Mitch also introduced me to The Horrors. Primary Colours was the soundtrack to my life in 2017, I rinsed the album.

“New Ice Age has an untamed desperation to it. ‘The agony and the harm is critical’ is such a great lyric. They’re another band I’m yet to see live, but they’ve just announced a special 10-year anniversary performance of the album in its entirety at the Royal Albert Hall next year, and I’m so there.”

Taken from: Primary Colours, May 2009
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Breathe Panel
On My Way

Millie says: “Another awesome Brighton band. We really wanted to catch these guys’ set at Dials Festival, but unfortunately our slots clashed. I remember hearing On My Way when it first came out. It’s one of those songs I wish I’d written myself, what a chorus.”

Taken from: Breathe Panel, July 2018
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Radiohead
Karma Police

Millie says: “Thom Yorke is a huge lyrical inspiration. Everything he says on OK Computer strikes a chord with me, and it’s still so relevant now. I wish I saw them headline Glastonbury, the footage of them closing their set with Karma Police brought real tears to my eyes. It’s in my ‘top five greatest songs ever written’ list.”

Taken from: OK Computer, June 1997
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Bloc Party
Helicopter

Millie says:Silent Alarm has massively influenced Thyla’s sound. We’re all big fans of the band, and have been since before Thyla was born. I think the shared love for this album can easily be heard in our songs.

“I’d struggle to find a release out there that captures the energy and essence of raw live performance as well as Helicopter does.”

Taken from: Silent Alarm, February 2005
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Macy Gray
I Try

Millie says: “This is my hairbrush and mirror song. We used to blast it loud at home and my sisters, mum, and I would give it our best karaoke shot. The key change is just everything!”

Taken from: On How Life Is, July 1999
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Thyla
I Was Biting

Millie says: “I could write about the other songs on this playlist for days, but when it comes to my own it’s really difficult. I love all of our releases, but I Was Biting doesn’t just express the way I felt once, it expresses the way I always feel, and so it seems most relevant to this playlist.”

Taken from: I Was Biting (single), March 2018
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Thyla’s debut EP, titled What’s On Your Mind, will be released on 1 February 2019. Their next live date is on Wednesday 28 November at The Shacklewell Arms in London.

Upcoming Album and EP Releases: December 2018

December 2018 new releases
Guided By Voices, Chemtrails and LP are among those releasing new material in the final month of 2018

Our round-up of upcoming releases collects all of the album and EPs you should know about in December 2018.

With Christmas imminent and the final year of the decade on the way, it’s a quiet month with little in the way of new releases, but there’s still a few worthwhile offerings of fresh material to look out for.

We’ve gathered releases from across the alternative genres that we love, including the worlds of indie, post-punk and shoegaze and dream pop, electropop and riot grrrl, plus the odd prominent album from beyond our usual comfort zone.

The highest profile full-length of the month from a mainstream standpoint is likely to be XXXTENTACION‘s posthumous album Skins, but for those with a bit more taste, note the forthcoming album from XXL (Xiu Xiu and Larsen, 7th) and two physical Guided By Voices EPs (both 7th).

Veteran symphonic metal group Within Temptation (14th) and ska-punk heroes Reel Big Fish (21st) also release full albums, while the year closes out with the fourth album from post-hardcore band Palisades (28th).

There’s also the worldly Her Songs EP (14th), featuring material from an international female and non-binary artist collective comprised of Maddie Jay, Emily Browning, The Naked Eye, Marie Dahlstrøm and Dani Marcia.

Read on for the full list, arranged by date, and let us know if we’ve missed something truly essential.

FEISTY’s Tips

Even though December is a bit thin on the ground, and even though many of you may instead be focusing on revisiting the year to date, there’s still a few releases you should take the time to give a spin, especially on the first weekend of the month.

FEISTY editor Katy Blackwood tips the new EP from London’s Chemtrails (7th) and the intriguing debut from electropop queen Vanity Fairy, also an EP and also out on the 7th.

Her slightly more out there tip is the Juniper EP, the latest from Denmark’s atmospheric metal star and Chelsea Wolfe collaborator Myrkur. It is, again, out on the first Saturday.

1 December 2018

Beans on Toast – A Bird in the Hand

7 December 2018

AFI – The Missing Man EP (Ex Noctem Nacimur)
Alright – On the Outs EP (Black Numbers)
Chemtrails – Cuckoo Spit EP (PNKSLM)
Guided By Voices – 100 Dougs EP
Guided By Voices – Wine Cork Stonehenge EP
HXXS – MKDRONE EP (Captured Tracks)
LP – Heart to Mouth (Vagrant)
Luke Howard – More Heart Stories EP (Mercury KX)
Myrkur – Juniper EP (Relapse)
TESHA – Growing Pain II EP
Vanity Fairy – Lust for Dust EP
Xiu Xiu & Larsen – Puff O’Gigio (Bad Paintings)
XXXTENTACION – Skins (Empire)

14 December 2018

All Ears Avow – Skin and Bones EP
Outrageous Cherry – Meet You in the Shadows (Burger)
The Decemberists – Traveling On EP (Rough Trade)
Within Temptation – Resist (Vertigo)
Various Artists – Her Songs EP

21 December 2018

Reel Big Fish – Life Sucks…Let’s Dance! (Rock Ridge)

28 December 2018

Palisades – Erase the Pain (Rise)

Something missing from our list that we simply need to hear? Send us a tip or email our editor at [email protected].

Artist Playlist No. 4: Bang Bang Romeo’s Anastasia Walker

Bang Bang Romeo
Bang Bang Romeo will release their debut album A Heartbreaker’s Guide to the Galaxy on 14 June 2019

This week’s installment of the Artist Playlist comes from Anastasia “Stars” Walker, the striking frontwoman of British rock hopefuls Bang Bang Romeo.

The anthemic sounds of Bang Bang Romeo have caused a stir in 2018, with wide support from countless influencers, plenty of hype, and a noteworthy spot opening the famous main stage at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival.

A three-piece formed in 2010 in South Yorkshire, their sound is dominated by Stars’ belting, powerhouse vocals, lending their music a unique and relentless quality unlike any other band around today.

Bang Bang Romeo are set to follow their recent Shame On You EP with a debut album, titled A Heartbreaker’s Guide to the Galaxy, next June, and will support P!nk on her European arena tour, taking their sound to stadiums in Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow, London and mainland Europe.

The Artist Playlist is our way of giving musicians, usually the curated, the opportunity to curate a playlist of their own, harnessing their passion for music to receive great recommendations, learn about the music they love, and get closer to their own influences and tastes.

We ask a new musician to take part every week, giving them free reign to select ten tracks and tell us all about them, as well as one favourite from their own past output.

Anastacia’s selections reflect her taste for major, iconic artists both past and present, with most of her picks capable of playing the biggest arenas, and release dates as far back as the 1960s and as recent as the past few weeks.

Brought up on classics like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, as well as ’90s Britpop from Oasis and Ocean Colour Scene, she describes Radiohead’s OK Computer as the album that “changed everything” for her own music tastes.

She told us: “OK Computer really was the beginning to what would become my taste in music. It was the first album that had me designing film sets and blockbuster movie scenarios in my mind when listening to it. The pictures it made me paint in my mind were insane.

“I’m a sucker for dark songs and pieces of music. Give me the 28 Weeks Later soundtrack over a happy song any day of the week. I think if it’s haunting, beautiful, chilling, cinematic and unexpected, it’s for me.”

Radiohead aside, her music taste – and picks for the playlist – stray very little from the music she was introduced to during her childhood, maintaining her formative taste for heavy hitters and huge arena rock artists.

But she also appreciates hip-hop, at least when it’s done right (“I dislike rappers who rap about the same shit other rappers rap about, like bitches, money, and more bitches”) and – as she pointed out when asked if she had anything to add – ABBA.

Read on for Stars’ picks, or head straight for the music and check out all of the tracks she selected on the Spotify playlist here.


Radiohead
Karma Police

Anastasia says: “Track number six on OK Computer, my favourite album, and the album that introduced me to what would inevitably become my ‘taste’. It’s chilling, it’s dark, it’s beautiful, it’s cinematic, it’s one of the reasons I’m in a band.”

Taken from: OK Computer, June 1997
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The Beatles
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

Anastasia says: “The Beatles. Most likely a very big part of everyone’s household playlist growing up, and in my house it was no different. My dad passed his obsession with The Beatles on to me at a very young age.

“I was around six when we went to Lanzarote for a family holiday. I took my little portable silver CD player with me everywhere at the time, and that would be no exception. Every night, I had the 1962-66 and 1967-70 compilation albums on over and over again. I remember creeping out of bed at stupid o’clock to change the CDs around.”

Taken from: Abbey Road, September 1969
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Coldplay
Yellow

Anastasia says: “Yellow, the song I sang to get the girl. I was sat in a park with my future girlfriend one night, and I sang her Coldplay’s Yellow whilst her boyfriend was in a car round the corner. Smooth as fuck, worked like a charm and fundamentally became our song.

“There was also Come What May from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, but that’s enough cheese for one night, folks…”

Taken from: Parachutes, November 2000
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Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody

Anastasia says: “Freddie Mercury, the greatest frontman of all-time and one of my heroes. The voice, the stage presence, the story, it’s untouchable isn’t it? I get asked in majority of interviews who I look up to most as a vocalist and when I say Freddie, most people are surprised that it’s not a woman that I look up to most.

“Don’t get me wrong, the likes of Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Lisa Hannigan inspire me massively, but Freddie drives me more so. Bohemian Rhapsody as the example? Genius, that’s why.”

Taken from: A Night at the Opera, December 1975
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Catatonia
Mulder and Scully

Anastasia says: “We’re back to that old portable CD player again. My dad introduced me to Catatonia on it. I’d been subject to great female solo artists: Shirley Bassey, Björk, and Dido to name a few. But then dad had showed me Catatonia, my first taste of a woman fronting an indie rock band.

“It made me think: ‘Fuck, so this happens? This is a thing? Women can be current in indie rock music and don’t have to look like Britney Spears to be successful? Yeah, I wanna be in a band.'”

Taken from: International Velvet, February 1998
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Travis
Driftwood

Anastasia says:The Man Who is one of a few albums me and my dad gauged on whilst he and my mum were getting divorced. Music has always been a get out clause or a safe haven when something bad is going on in my life, it’s like therapy.

“We must have played this album 500 times in the summer of 2003 when I was a kid. Me and my dad have slowly been ticking the bands who saved our lives in the darker moments off our bucket list. We saw Manics together, Ocean Colour Scene, then finally, this summer at Isle Of Wight Festival, Travis. Tears of happiness! Coldplay, you’re next.”

Taken from: The Man Who, May 1999
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Twenty One Pilots
Jumpsuit

Anastasia says: “I’ve got a fuck ton of obvious passions. Music, art, film, books and – err – exercise! Yeah, I shit you not.

“Training three to seven times a week has been a part for my life now for just over ten months, and I’m really enjoying it. My fitness levels have risen dramatically and my health is changing and shaping me into the person I want to be when on the road, ready for anything. This tune recently has been pushing me to that next level of ‘burn’, if you like. Love it.”

Taken from: Trench, October 2018
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Muse
Hysteria

Anastasia says: “These guys are a big inspiration to Bang Bang Romeo. That dark, twisted, almost fairytale ound is something we lock onto when in the studio. Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like Muse.”

Taken from: Absolution, September 2003
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Kasabian
Club Foot

Anastasia says: “The afterparty for Isle of Wight Festival’s 50th anniversary. Earlier that day we’d just played our biggest set to date, opening the main stage to a record number of people, around 20,000. We loved every second of it.

“Later that day, Rita Ora gave us her red wine and Pringles and a good chunk of her time, and later still would see us having drinks with Kasabian, Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch amongst others in the hotel behind main stage. Kasabian had just headlined, and the vibe was insane. We’ll never forget it.”

Taken from: Kasabian, September 2004
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Hans Zimmer
The Dark Knight Trilogy Medley (Live)

Anastasia says: “Here’s someone we’d do unspeakable things to work with. We tend to write and produce songs in a soundtrack mindset. We’re all huge movie fans, and it really shows in what we do. Hans Zimmer is a name that gets thrown around the studio on a regular basis.

“The Live in Prague album accompanied us during our first time in New York and Los Angeles. It was on repeat, in fact. Goosebump moments, eat your heart out.”

Taken from: Live in Prague, November 2017
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Bang Bang Romeo
Shame On You

Anastasia says: “Shame On You is our latest single, and the one that’s sort of taken us to the next level, if you like.

We wrote and produced this song in Los Angeles with a great team called HEAVY. We walked in after nearly getting knocked out by falling palm trees because of the wind, then they told us Nick Valensi from The Strokes had been in just hours before, so we smelt the sofas in which he sat, and then wrote this tune.”

Taken from: Shame On You EP, August 2018
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Bang Bang Romeo’s debut album A Heartbreaker’s Guide to the Galaxy is scheduled for release on 14 June 2019. They’re also supporting P!nk on her European tour next year.

Premiere: Misty Coast – Little Sister

Misty Coast
Dream pop duo Misty Coast are Linn Frøkedal and Richard Myklebust

Norwegian dream pop duo Misty Coast have excelled themselves with their new single, creating a woozy and assured psychedelic showpiece.

Little Sister is the second track to be revealed from their forthcoming album Melodaze, an alluring marriage between grainy layers of guitar and verbal lead Linn Frøkedal’s signature reverb-drenched vocals.

The lead riff soars and distorts, Richard Myklebust imprints Linn’s dewy chorus with a backing refrain, and it all swirls with typical psychedelic effect.

It’s a fuller sound than Misty Coast have flaunted previously, and will be accompanied tomorrow by visuals from British ex-pat artist Steph Hope, now based in Oslo.

Of the track and animated video, Linn explains: “It’s about people who think they know it all, and dreamers who can’t get their heads out of the clouds.

“Steph totally got the trippy vibe, and created this gorgeous animation to visualize the music. It’s a perfect match, dressing our little daydream in vivid colors and mesmerizing movement.”

Melodaze, scheduled for release on January 25, is Misty Coast’s second album in just 16 months, the follow-up to their self-titled debut in September of last year.

Described by the band as their “Berlin rebel album”, it was recorded in the German capital’s Schöneberg district, and produced – as with all of their previous work – by Matias Tellez. The first single, Eleven Months, was revealed in September.

Misty Coast have notably traded the minimalist sequenced drum tracks of their debut for more authentic percussion from Kim Åge Furuhaug, resulting in the rich, more authoritative sound we’ve noticed on both tracks to date.

Misty Coast’s Linn Frøkedal and Richard Myklebust are both also members of indie rock collective The Megaphonic Thrift, starting their new project as a happy accident when late night jam sessions spawned material that didn’t fit in with the band.

Based in Bergen, the twosome are individually staples of the Norwegian music scene, with a thorough history of contributing to various bands, right back to the turn of the 2000s and – in Richard’s case – the late 1990s.

He can be heard on past releases by Stereo 21, Wasted Space Cadets (with whom he was known as “Rockhard”) and producer Matias’ project Young Dreams, while Linn joined Nordic post-rockers The Low Frequency in Stereo in 2006.

Linn is also the sister of Anne Lise Frøkedal, who performs under the family surname and released her second solo album How We Made It at the end of August.

Melodaze will be released by Norway’s Brilliance Records on 25 January, available in both physical and digital formats. Little Sister is out, complete with visuals, tomorrow.

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