Fish Tank – Friends
If you’re into something along the lines of quirky, mathematic rock that cuts off in all kinds of different directions, then Fish Tank are the band for you. It’s been a while since the trio unleashed their previous EP Henry, however they are back with something even wackier, a definite step forward – even if the video does leave you the slightest bit worried for their sanity. Opening with a slight pop-centric tone, ‘Friends’ plucks lightly at the guitar with a somewhat beasty math rock undertone that sneaks its way to the top. The song closes in an erratic shredding of guitar and crashing of cymbals that is enough to wake up any Arcane Roots fans out there.
The Black Keys – Weight of Love
Recent announcements that The Black Keys will be playing at next year’s Isle of Wight Festival have led to having their albums on repeat, and in particular, it’s opening track of latest albumTurn Blue that has held precedence over the week. A beautiful work of enigmatic tones and guitar riffs, ‘Weight of Love’ is a track to make you sit up and listen. With all its romance and strains of throbbing guitar it’s best appreciated loud and proud to immerse yourself with your surroundings. This song is big in impact and in reference to Turn Blue it’s the perfect little enticement to kick start the album.
Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal (Asleep Version)
Among the stress of uni deadlines and running out of money in the lead up to Christmas it’s nice to take time out to lay back and relax to something peaceful and calming. Jon Hopkins’ recentAsleep Versions consists of stripped back versions of singles from his album Immunity. It’s hard to single one of the four tracks out as they all collectively work as a chilling piece of music, however the essence of background noise and waves of water in ‘Open Eye Signal’ is wonderfully poignant, tapping delicately into the mind. Far more soothing than its original punchy mix this asleep version provides the listener with an escape whilst evoking a sense of peace and no disruption as it eases into soft piano tones; it’s simply beautiful.
Twin Atlantic – A Guidance From Colour
With so much focus on what is big right now and what has been the music of 2014, it was quite nice to go back and revive a certain love in an old favourite. ‘A Guidance From Colour’ is one of the most emotion stricken songs from the Scots, coming across fairly rough as any debut EP would, this track is gritty and evokes a sense of nostalgia as one of their original tracks. It’s everything that people love about Twin Atlantic from the thickly Scottish, yet delicate vocal tone, to the throbbing riffs that stand out among the rest.
Hozier – Jackie and Wilson
The soulful and chirpy rhythm of ‘Jackie and Wilson’ puts you in a setting where you feel at ease, the raw vocals almost make it seem like a sing along among friends. Take note of the song’s story through the lyrics however and it’s not quite the happy song you first heard. It starts off romantic with a woman who is going to change his life, before she leaves and he’s left alone again, waiting for “whatever poor soul is coming next“. Much like his chorus then appears to be his dreamworld of temporary love, there’s something about Hozier’s voice that whisks you into a dreamworld of your own, so even the most upbeat of his songs are a great accompaniment to a night in your own. That said, the warming, country rhythm of ‘Jackie and Wilson’ is equally great for an evening spent with friends and family; it’s one that will adapt it’s tone to the setting pretty darn swiftly.
The Acid – Basic Instinct (KEXP Performance)
There’s something significantly mesmerising about the ever so soothing yet raw element that The Acid bring to the table. ‘Basic Instinct’ is generally a really strong track but their live performance of it on KEXP radio was particularly striking and has been a hard one to shake off all week. Every element is sharper and stronger; starting off as a dreamy, delicate number before slowly building up a beat that thickens to an aggressive tone with a bit of guitar so thick and hard it kicks you in the teeth. Even if you’ve already heard the studio version ten times over there’s no expectation for something quite so rough to come out of something so delicate and perhaps that’s why The Acid have made such a mark on this week’s listening habits.