Writers_Katherine Cantwell & Ella Daniel-Lowe
Wolf Alice – ‘She’
Fresh from supporting Chess Club label mates Swim Deep, Wolf Alice have magnified the scrappy spark of their live shows to create their heaviest single yet. The improv nature of their stage performance is executed brilliantly on “She”, a track drenched in grunge infused magic. As Ellie Rowsell’s ghostly sweet vocals are subverted with ease against the breathlessly rich backdrop of mass distortion and fractured rhythms, it’s obvious that the North London group are going to be headlining their own tour in the not so distant future.
Telegram – ‘Under The Nightime’
Telegram are the band on everyone’s lips, after the driving force of their cataclysmic single “Follow” propelled them from their East London hangout spots to BBC six music Marc Riley’s evening show. This track, the B-side to the hot footed snarl of “Follow”, delves into the eccentricities of Brian Eno and the groove of Roxy Music. Whilst it doesn’t have the mortordelic rush of the A-side, ‘Under The Nightime’ is a quirky drone that exudes the glamour surrounding the capitals ever growing psych scene.
If These Trees Could Talk – ‘The First Fire’
‘The First Fire’ comes from Red Forest (2012), the most recent release from five piece post-rock outfit If These Trees Could Talk. This track leads us through a phasic instrumental odyssey featuring ethereal echoes of clean guitar that always return to an increasingly intense variation of the same driving riff.
Kasper Rosa – ‘Coronal Mass Ejection’
Belfast based atmospheric yet progressive Kasper Rosa released their first fully vocal track Icebreaker earlier this year. Coronal Mass Ejection (2011) sees the band investigating this new vocal ground with a smattering of melodic phrases that blend seamlessly into the celestial soundscapes.
This Will Destroy You – ‘Threads’
There’s something about this song. The way in which the initially understated guitar melody slowly builds and unfolds into a layered and emotionally buoyant climax is what puts it on this list. Even though since the release of ‘Threads’ This Will Destroy You continued to mature and expand their musicality, this track from their first release made me fall in love with their sound.