March Music Favourites

It’s been a little while since I wrote one of these bad boys eh? I’ve decided to start posting a wee Spotify playlist alongside my monthly(ish lol) music favourites too, just to make it a little easier for you to find all these sweet sweet strawberry jams each month x

 

1. About U – ST.MARTiiNS

Dundee duo Katie and Mark of ST.MARTiiNS released their debut single bad art last summer and I’ve been HOOKED ever since. This month they released follow up track About U, and frankly, it’s a glistening indie alt pop work of art. ST.MARTiiNS have a headline show at King Tut’s (TICKETS) on the 30th June and I highly recommend you go see them do their thing if you can. – twitter: @stmartiins insta: @stmartiins

2. There’s a Honey – Pale Waves

BIMM alumni and a recent addition to Dirty Hit Records (The 1975, The Japanese House, Benjamin Francis Leftwich to name a few), glittery four-piece Pale Waves are Heather, Ciara, Hugo, and Charlie from Manchester. Produced by Matty and George of The 1975, There’s a Honey is full of nostalgic summery vibes, and perfectly showcases Heather Baron-Gracie’s magical vocals, paired with super dreamy synths. – twitter: @palewaves insta: @pale_waves

3. Silver Heat – Ten Tonnes

I caught 19 year old Ten Tonnes (also known as Ethan Barnett, and y’know, George Ezra’s wee brother) last May when he supported Lewis Watson at King Tut’s and was completely blown away his talent. Produced by The Maccabees’ Hugo White, Silver Heat is just a taster of Ten Tonnes’ upcoming EP Born to Lose, which is set for release on the 9th July and available to pre-order now – IT’S AVAILABLE ON VINYL TOO WOO. – twitter: @ten_tonnes insta: @ten_tonnes

4. Apocalypse – Cigarettes After Sex

Whenever wildly passionate, ambient-pop four-piece Cigarettes After Sex release a new track, every single one of my problems and worries immediately m e l t s away. They have an uncanny ability to evoke intense emotional reactions from nothing but delicate, sighing gentleness. Not long after releasing Apocalypse, Cigarettes After Sex announced that their debut self titled album would be gifted to the world on the 9th July and is available to pre-order now. If you can, catch them at their headline show at The Caves in Edinburgh next month (17/04), it’ll be magical I promise. – twitter:@CigsAfterSexx insta: @cigsaftersex

5. Fever – Corella

Another group of BIMM Manchester students, Corella are unsigned indie-pop four-piece Joel Smith, Ben Henderson, Jack Taylor and James Fawcett. Latest single ‘Fever’ is bright, punchy and energetic, and I kinda love it. – twitter: @Corellamnc insta: @corellamusic

6. Shake It – The Vegan Leather

Art pop four-piece from Paisley formed in 2014, and they’ve quickly become one of Glasgow’s most exciting and innovative live bands. Shake It is eccentric and boasts only the funkiest of basslines from start to finish, paired with synths and super nice harmonies from Gianluca Bernacchi and Marie Collins. The Vegan Leather have a massive 2017 ahead of them, I’m sure of it. Catch them at The Wide Days showcase next month, alongside wee Edinburgh gems Vistas (it’s free too, so you have ZERO excuse xxx). – twitter: @TheVeganLeather  insta: @theveganleather

7. Hello Hello – Fickle Friends

Following up a particularly successful 2016, Brighton’s Fickle Friends released yet another synth-pop DREAM in the form of Hello Hello. I have no doubt that their album due for release later this year will be anything less than a glittering pop masterpiece. – twitter: @ficklefriends insta: ficklefriendsuk

8. Biggest Fan – Will Joseph Cook

Blog favourite and real life angel Will Joseph Cook announced earlier this month that his debut album Sweet Dreamer would FINALLY be released on the 14th April (available to pre-order now).  Will is one who pens lyrics brimming with unabashed emotion. Wistful and unashamedly pop, Biggest Fan is further proof that the catchiest of hooks are just part of WJC’s genetic makeup. Will has a UK headline tour coming up soon and tickets are on sale now, not going would be the silliest of mistakes. – twitter: @WillJosephCook insta: @willjosephcook

9. Blossom – Milky Chance

German duo Milky Chance released sophomore album Blossom last week. Whilst the title track may not be the best song on the album, there’s no denying that it has a super catchy chorus even if it is pretty straightforward. The instrumentation however is definitely a step in the right direction for them. Milky Chance are making a few festival appearances this summer in the UK and Ireland. – twitter: @MilkyChance insta: @milkychance_official

10. Chanel – Frank Ocean

Wait? Hold on. What’s that? Frank Ocean released new music ALREADY? No four year wait this time? WOW. Frank dropped the surprise new track on his blonded Radio Beats 1 show, not long after his collaboration with Calvin Harris and Migos was unveiled in the form of Slide (it’s a massive summery tune and Calvin’s ‘making of’ video on Twitter is just about the most satisfying thing I’ve ever seen). As always, Ocean’s vocals on Chanel are a commanding ethereal presence, and discuss matters surrounding gender fluidity. Frank Ocean has a few festival slots this summer including a headline appearances Manchester’s Parklife, and London’s Lovebox (YA GIRL’S GOING TO PARKLIFE). These performances are undoubtedly unmissable.

 

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