There's a buzz in the air this week - bank holiday is on its way, and with Reading & Leeds and All Points East taking place across the weekend it almost feels like a proper summer again. Aside from the festival excitement though, we've rounded up another collection of quality new releases from the past week.
School of X - 'New Friend'
The latest in a streak of flawless indie-pop singles, 'New Friend' further establishes School of X as a master of indie-pop. Catchy in the classiest, most subtle of ways - the final single to be shared from the forthcoming album 'Dancing Through The Void' is a cathartic exploration of existential angst.
“it’s about always treating people with respect." tells Rasmus. "Even if the romance is over and you’re leaving someone, then you should pay your respects.”
Parliamo - 'She's Only Human'
New Modern Sky additions Parliamo continue their speedy ascent with 'She's Only Human'. Taken from a forthcoming EP, it's a nonchalant slice of indie-rock packed out with fuzzy garage tones and jangly guitars in equal measure.
Of the track, the band explain: "She’s Only Human is a testament to confusion in confusing times. It discusses the limitations that those with poor mental health can face when it comes to relationships with others and oneself, and ultimately conveys that it’s okay not to be okay."
Elke - 'The Pink Tip Of A Match Turns Black'
Approved by Hayley Williams herself, it's little surprise that Nashville newcomer Elke's latest delivery is nothing short of a delight. Charmingly melancholic, 'The Pink Tip Of A Match Turns Black' feels distinctly nostalgic with an exciting, innovative air.
Speaking on the track, Elke adds: I wrote ‘The Pink Tip Of A Match Turns Black’ after I had a falling out with a friend. Rather than digging into the feeling of the bad taste it left in my mouth, I made this song to be healing after a closure-less ending. It’s also for all people who’ve experienced miscommunication, and how catastrophic it can get. The song happened super seamlessly, and came the quickest production wise. Zac didn’t take long to come up with what each instrument should do, and I sang the song in one take. The byes at the end were all ad libbed. The song is the exact tone of melancholy I felt at that time and it helped me move on."
CARR - 'Kiss Me When I'm Dead'
Announcing a new EP for October, 'I'm Just Bored', pop-star in the making CARR has delivered another razor-sharp, punk infused hit in 'Kiss Me When I'm Dead'. An anthem for angsty girls everywhere, it sees the LA based up & comer plant herself amongst the likes of Wallice and Nessa Barrett in becoming a must hear for fans of Olivia Rodrigo, Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift alike.
"‘Kiss Me When I’m Dead’ is about people that think they have a chance with you, but you’re just not interested." tells CARR. "Specifically this guy friend that was trying really hard to get with me, and it was so clear that I wasn’t interested in him. It’s kind of like a 'give it up' moment. I did like him as a person and friend, I thought he was great, but I didn’t want anything more."
Jaws The Shark - 'Erase Myself'
Joining the Nice Swan force, multi-instrumentalist Jaws The Shark's latest offering is just over two minutes of intense adrenaline. Raucous in every sense, the thrashing number is destined for chaotic live scenes when Olly takes to the road in the coming months.
With a debut EP on the way, you can catch the newcomer at Sound City and Live At Leeds, as well as support shows with The Maine and The Wytches.