Monday, 27 May 2019

King Hannah - Crème Brûlée

You would think listening to the hazy music of King Hannah that they hail from the American heartlands, but you'd be wrong - the band are based in Liverpool, with their lead singer hailing from "the smallest village in North Wales". The fact that they named their debut song after a dessert that one assumes is not very popular in the States is probably another dead giveaway as well.

Their debut single is "Crème Brûlée", a song that already sees them coming into the world fully formed, and with a good idea of their musical identity. The main touchstones would be Mazzy Star & Lana Del Rey, both vocally and in terms of the dream-pop sensibilities at the heart of the song, as well as a little bit of Portishead and, in the extended outro of the song, The War on Drugs at their most laconic. There is so much to love about the song, and if they've got us reeled in so well on their first recorded single, there is going to be so much joy in finding out what else they're going to unleash on us over the next while.

"Crème Brûlée" is out now.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Late Guest At The Party - Most of the Time

Originally from Italy but now based in New York, Late Guest At The Party make rather nifty electro-pop tunes, with their newest song, "Most of the Time", being a great demonstrator of their sound. Its sonic-manipulation production style and lyrical content calls to mind a cross between Cut Copy & CHVRCHES, and has a groove to it that is likely to pull you in.

"Most of The Time" is out now.