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Essential Listening: The week’s best new music

We know life can get busy, we know it’s a bit of a pain in the arse to try and keep up to date with the best new tracks of the moment.

That’s why we’re doing all the hard work for you and bringing you the week’s best new music in this handy little package.

As ever with Essential Listening, we have a plethora of incredible talent, both brand spanking new and returning heroes.

It’s a positive smorgasbord of delights as The Lemon Twigs, Hotel Lux, and The Chats all feature below. On top of that there’s also room for Built to Spill, Kevin Morby, TOPS and so much more. So without further ado, take a look below at the week’s best new music, you’re Essential Listening.

‘The One’ – The Lemon Twigs

The Brothers D’Addario, AKA Brian and Michael of The Lemon Twigs, have announced a brand new album Songs For The General Public as well as sharing its first song ‘The One’

If there’s one thing you can count in life it’s that The Lemon Twigs will always bring some sunshine retro gold whenever they release a new song and ‘The One’ is another golden example.

‘Eddie’s Gaff’ – Hotel Lux

Hotel Lux have shared a brand new taste of their upcoming EP, Barstool Preaching, with the ‘morning after’ reflection, ‘Eddie’s Gaff’. On this track, the band are looking back on the night before as they struggle with the painful sunshine baking their hangover. It’s a tripping and gleeful indie number twisted with the nostalgia of a misspent youth.

Frontman Lewis Duffin describes the track as ​“a nostalgic tune about the early days in London. First year at uni and knocking about South with new pals. Simpler times. Wasting our lives away..”

‘Circling’ – Porridge

“A lot of the songs on Every Bad are centred around the sea, and ‘Circling’ was one of the last songs focused on the water that I wrote for the album,” lead singer Dana Margolin said of the new material. “I was thinking on the idea of willing things to be okay by repeating that they are, because I need them to be.”

Margolin added: “I tried to follow the feeling of the flow of waves, and how they keep coming in endlessly, washing everything away without judgment, and then bringing it back again.”

‘Dine N Dash’ – The Chats

If you’re unfamiliar with The Chats, you may well know them as that Australian mulleted band whose recent song, ‘Smoko’, went viral. And while it meant everyone couldn’t get the taste of The Chats out of their mouth, it was just the amuse-bouche of what was to come.

Since ‘Smoko’ the band have been on a frenetic run of singles. Blasting out punk jams that are capable of turning your head so fast you won’t notice they’ve already trashed your house and drunk all your beer.

The Chats ethos is: keep it fast, keep it filthy, and never look back. It’s also a mantra many people using when escaping the bill at a restaurant.

‘Highway’ – Chelsea Wolfe

The song arrives as the latest effort to be taken from Wolfe’s most recent studio album, Birth Of Violence, which was released in September last year through Sargent House Records.

“I’ve been blessed to work with both Ben Chisholm and Kristin Cofer for many years now as creative collaborators,” Wolfe said of the most recent material. “Ben sometimes does something called ‘grave-hunting,’ searching for graves for people online who are looking for their relatives in far-away cemeteries.

“Kristin and I went along with him one day last spring to a hidden graveyard in a small mountain town and I brought my guitar along. We searched, and filmed, and played some music for those who’ve passed on.”

‘Take Your Time’ – Pottery

Fresh from signing a deal with Partisan Records, Montreal-based band Pottery have unveiled their latest track, ‘Take Your Time’.

Having rounded together band members from the UK and across Canada, Pottery is pulled together by the core writing duo of Austin Boylan and Jacob Shepansky along with the musical prowess of Peter Baylis, Paul Jacobs, and Tom Gould.

‘Life In Vain’ – Built to Spill (Daniel Johnston cover)

Following the death of the iconic lo-fi legend Daniel Johnston last year, Built To Spill announced they would be paying homage to the singer with a new tribute album.

The group have shared a cut from that album and covered the sensational song, ‘Life In Vain’, which is taken from Johnston’s 1994 album Fun. Built To Spill acted as Johnston’s backing band during his final tour in 2017, taking on spots in Vancouver and Portland.

‘Colder & Closer’ – TOPS

‘Colder & Closer’ arrives as a lean pop production with a Mashie Alam-directed visual artfully represents this by following singer Jane Penny through an alternating lens of thermal and normal vision.

“Jane had this really amazing vision where she hoped to convey the feeling of being immensely close to someone,” Alam said of the video. “The choice of using thermal footage was made because we wanted to see, feel, and immerse ourselves into the varying temperatures of the body as it heats up, cools down, responds to touch, and feels alone. We created a movement composition that travels between a live action world and a thermal world. The idea was to visually explore the dynamic of being far (in the live action world) and being close (in the thermal world). Eventually, the juxtaposing jumps between the two worlds merge into an immersive thermal universe to evoke a climactic sense of closeness from where there is no return.”

‘Gift Horse’ / ‘I Was On Time’ – Kevin Morby

“‘Gift Horse’ was written completely on the spot,” Morby said of the new material. “I started hammering out a few chords and suddenly was humming a melody and told Sam I thought I was writing a new song and that maybe we should record it instead. An hour later we had ‘Gift Horse,’ lyrics and all, like it had been floating around the studio and we just nabbed it out of the air. We re-cut it with the band a few weeks later, which is what you’re hearing now.”

Morby continued: “‘I Was On Time’ is an ode to being a live performer. To being late. To arriving on time. To seeing the beautiful people who have paid to see you play music night after night all across the world. To throwing them roses. To the gift of live performance and the spirit of music.

“I love both of these songs, as I love all my songs. Each one is a puzzle piece to my soul and though they didn’t fit thematically with the rest of Oh My God, I’m glad that they are now finding their way into the digital stratosphere for anyone and everyone who cares to listen to do so.”

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