We kick off another week of music here on the Astral Penguins Blog with six new(-ish) tracks. There’s a much heavier feel to the tracks this week, with three rock tracks and a Sub Focus track with a dirty bass line. Hope you enjoy!
Jealous of the Birds, Ryan Vail – Love Is a Crow
“Love is a Crow that I hit with a stone”. That’s not your average lyric, and this collaboration between Ryan Vail – providing the pulsing electronic beats – and Jealous of the Birds – aka Armagh’s Naomi Hamilton – is a detour just off the main musical highway. It starts off feeling like a modern art project, before developing into the kind of dance music that would make sense if you’ve partaken in magic mushrooms for twenty years.
Sub Focus – Lingua
Hey Sub Focus is back! This always welcome development is only enhanced by the fact that he’s returned an absolute tune in Lingua. Slower and more minimalist than a lot of his other works, Lingua sees him straying closer to dancehall and hip hop than his usual drum and bass.
Creeper – Black Rain
I’ve been keeping my eyes fixed firmly on Creeper, one of the most promising bands in the UK right now. They swap between pop, punk, rock and emo is seconds, and Black Rain sees them in regular shapeshifting form. One minute driving punk-ish guitars, the next a chorus that sounds like its from a rock opera.
Incubus – Nimble Bastard
Hey Incubus are back! One of the best live bands in the world – and a constant reminder of my teenage years – it’s always cracking to hear new Incubus material. Nimble Bastard sees them on strong ground; driving riffs and very little pissing around. They’re back to rock and that’s welcome in the Astral Penguins world.
Blood Youth – Reasons to Stay
Melodic hardcore trio Blood Youth have produced a real balls-to-the-wall track in Reasons to Stay. A tale of a relationship ending in a complicated way, this will be an absolute monster live.
Halia Jack – Lover
Hey, so you know when a friend – who never sends you music – all of a sudden drops you a Soundcloud link? and then in turns out they know the artist? man you really want it to be good if only to avoid an awkward conversation… that was me last week when the link to Lover came into the inbox.
And it is good. A distinct and impressive voice sings over searing strings on Lover. Halia Jack straddles the line between pop, r’n’b and a more soulful music rather expertly. Certainly one to keep an eye on. And my friendship still intact.