Hot off the heels of their heartwarming slow-burner “The Last Man on Earth”, our favourite band in the entire universe are kicking it up 50 notches with their raucous new single “Smile”. Lead singer Ellie Rowsell introduced the track as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on Tuesday, penning the hit about those people who make assumptions about you before taking the time to figure you out, pretty much a “kind of fuck you to anyone who doesn’t like you”. Get us in the mosh-pit ASAP, ‘cause this one is a banger.
Our favourite band in the universe (a.k.a. Wolf Alice) have us all riled up in this week’s Wonderlist.
Wolf Alice – “Smile”
Cj Pandit – “New York Time”
Poignant, soft and tinged with melancholy, CJ Pandit’s “New York Time” will leave you breathless and emotionally devastated. After all, isn’t that all what good tunes are meant to do? With his heart on his sleeve, and visions of a beloved city constantly on his mind, Pandit constructs a wistful and dreamlike glimpse of happiness that somehow rescued him from the clutches of the lowest time in his life. Beware, this one packs quite a punch.
Aziya – “Heaven For Me”
Aziya takes us on an neon-tinged acid-trip with her new single “Heaven For Me”. Featuring kaleidoscopic visuals and plenty of buttery harmonies, the track is a look at toxic relationships through hazy, rose-coloured glasses, you know, those novelty kinds you get at a festival when you’re mooching around before the tunes start. Though in essence a tragic fairytale, Aziya’s fusion of cosy vocals and luscious psychedelic guitars results in the ultimate sonic wonderland.
Eden Rain – “Out In The Cold”
We’re getting major orchestral vibes from Eden Rain’s new track. Starting with stirring piano chords, Rain’s latest left-of center pop hit (the second of her career, might we add!) puts it all on the line, telling a tale that begins on the train from LDS → LDN. Passing colourful monuments lit by beaming lights as raindrops roll across the window, Rain sings of those conflicting feelings of love and freedom that play a tug of war with your heart each time you leave home. The track’s accompanying video even incorporates her own stylish drawings, a cut and paste masterpiece showing modern Britain under the glare of youthful nostalgia.
Beharie – Beharie EP
Any Bon Iver or Sufjan Stevens fans in the house? It’s time you let Norwegian singer-songwriter Beharie twist your ear. This Friday marks the release of his sophomore EP, a captivating fusion of upbeat pop, brutal folk and guitar-driven indie. Putting his songwriting skills to the test, we implore you to let the heartwrenching passion of “Won’t You Let Me Go” take you to higher places, or the hip-swaying joy of “Worry” fill your day with sun and spirit. It might be too early to crown the EP of the year just yet, but this is certainly one of our best contenders.