There are always more bands – the biggest question is who do you listen to when it comes to recommendations? Obviously Dork, your new music bible, should be your first port of call, but there are others too. This month we ask Ellie and Rosy from London faves, Goat Girl.
Ellie: There is some great new music out there, stretching over an amazing array of genres and sounds. Firstly, Sneaks is one of my favourite new artists to have emerged from Washington DC. I was lucky enough to see her perform at South By South West in March. Her set was full of energy, bold drum beats, hooky baselines and beautifully rigid simplicity. Her new album ‘It’s a Myth’ features more electronic sounds than her previous album (‘Gymnastics’), with a range of synth sounds and synthetic beats. Although I love both albums equally! Her vocals are passionate and quite percussive. In some ways, she reminds me of The Klang. Sneaks merges the simplicity and minimalism of punk with durgey electronic noises. We are lucky enough to have her on our next UK tour in October, which we’re so chuffed about!
Crumb are another new band which excited me when I heard them. It’s fronted with a female vocalist whose voice is warm and sweeter than honey. The instrumentation is somewhat jazzy, with slick chord progressions, laidback drumming and insanely good, groove-driven bass parts. There are also some psychedelic elements to Crumb when they let loose, and the synth comes in. Worth a listen!
Rosy: Jockstrap are an amazing new live and recorded band, fronted by Georgia Ellery (our lovely violinist) alongside with Taylor Skye. Both members are very talented jazz and classical musicians, and this comes across in the music while remaining modern. Their latest release ‘Charlotte’ is eerily disjointed, using simplicity to its merit. It’s accompanied by an equally eerie video, directed by Enid Gunn. The video has a sort of uncanny valley feeling to it. Georgia has got an amazing voice, utilising her elevated range. Her lyrics are quite personal, and I like how free she is with expressing her sexuality. The duo have got an EP coming out soon, so look out for that.
Taken from the August issue of Dork. Goat Girl’s self-titled debut album is out now.