THIS UPDATE: FRIDAY 29TH APRIL 2022
From the alt-pop brilliance of Holly Humberstone to the “country moment” of MUNA, this week hasn’t been shy of great new tracks. In order to help you cut through the noise, we’ve sifted through the pile and plucked out a few of the best. If you want more, subscribe to our weekly New Music Friday edit The Cut on Spotify, and never miss out again.
Holly Humberstone can do no wrong. There’s your sticker quote – but also, a pretty accurate summary of our Hol’s musical journey to date. ‘Sleep Tight’ is another co-write with The 1975’s chief matey Matty ‘poke poke, can you hurry up and do something please, we’ve been waiting ages now’ Healy. It’s also genuinely brilliant; a textured, emotionally raw bop that feels both reassuringly classic and achingly right now. Big tick.
The ‘country one’ from MUNA’s self-titled third album, ‘Kind Of Girl’ sees the trio proving chops hitherto only hinted at. A song that puts goosebumps on goosebumps, they’ve never had an issue with pulling on the heartstrings. This time, though, it’s a whole orchestra. With a swell of self-empowering brilliance that could send the enlightened to battle in their name, its equal parts hopeful and vulnerable, but all stunningly good.
Released today, ‘Two Ribbons’ is right up there with the best albums of 2022 so far. To pick any single track from it is like plucking gemstones from a jewellery box of glittering prizes – but ‘Watching You Go’ is certainly one of the shiniest. An album packed with moments that dig around in the guts of relationships, love and loss – both within and outside of the duo’s musical dynamic – it’s drenched in both delicate optimism and heartbreaking tenderness. Let’s Eat Grandma are special. Cherish them.
The second introduction to the weird, wonderful world of ‘Beatopia’, ‘See You Soon’ is the trippy, woozy rabbit hole to a fantastical kingdom. Undeniably Bea, it’s a delicate touch gesturing towards a floaty dreamscape, but never so light it forgets the substance beneath the surface. A promising signal for one of the most anticipated albums of the year to come.
Dork’s current cover stars drop their new album ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’ today – and what a record it is. Maturing into a band of genuine substance, Stockport’s finest have really grown into their own skins. ‘Cinerama Holy Days’ is proof, if proof was needed, of just how far they’ve come. Timeless in its undeniable charm, they’ve long since progressed beyond the limitations of their peers. Reassuringly great.
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