8 Greatest Songs of the Week: Digital camera Obscura, The Final Dinner Occasion, The whole lot The whole lot, and Extra
Plus Geese Ltd., Holly Macve, Dehd, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Different Notable New Tracks
Feb 02, 2024
Welcome to the fourth Songs of the Week of 2024. This week a band’s first single in over a decade takes the highest spot.
This week Andy Von Pip, Caleb Campbell, Scott Dransfield, and Stephen Humphries all helped me determine what ought to make the checklist. We settled on a High 8 this week, narrowed down from the 16 songs we severely thought-about.
Within the final week we reviewed some albums.
That will help you type by way of the multitude of recent songs launched within the final week, we’ve got picked the eight greatest the final week needed to supply, adopted by some honorable mentions. Try the complete checklist beneath.
1. Digital camera Obscura: “Massive Love”
This week, Scottish indie-pop band Digital camera Obscura introduced their first new album in 11 years, Look to the East, Look to the West, and shared its first single, “Massive Love,” by way of a music video. They’ve additionally introduced some new North American tour dates. Look to the East, Look to the West is due out Could 3 by way of Merge. Try the album’s tracklist and canopy art work, in addition to the tour dates, right here.
Digital camera Obscura launched their first three albums by way of Merge, earlier than switching to 4AD for his or her final two albums. The band haven’t launched a brand new album since 2013’s Want Traces, largely because of the tragic and premature passing on account of most cancers of founding member and keyboardist Carey Lander in 2015. Final yr the band introduced their return to Merge and introduced some UK tour dates.
Frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell had a side-project, Tracyanne & Danny, with Danny Coughlan, that launched a self-titled album in 2018 by way of Merge.
The band options founding members Tracyanne Campbell (vocals and guitar, Kenny McKeeve (guitar and vocals), Gavin Dunbar (bass), and Lee Thomson (drums and percussion), alongside newer member Donna Maciocia (keys and vocals). Maciocia has additionally change into a daily songwriting companion with Campbell.
Jari Haapalainen, who produced Digital camera Obscura’s 2006 album Let’s Get Out of This Nation and 2009’s My Maudlin Profession, returned to provide Look to the East, Look to the West, which was recorded in the identical room the place Queen wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody.” A press launch says that the album sees the band considerably go “again to fundamentals,” with no string or brass preparations.
The album’s first single, the country-tinged “Massive Love,” is described as “a pining break-up anthem” and it options pedal metal taking part in by Tim Davidson.
“‘Massive Love’ is our tribute to Waylon Jennings, with a nod to Sandy Denny and prog rock band Scope,” says Campbell within the press launch. “It’s a music about not trying again, having religion within the current and future.” By Mark Redfern
2. The Final Dinner Occasion: “Portrait of a Lifeless Lady”
Buzzed about new British five-piece The Final Dinner Occasion launched their debut album, Prelude to Ecstasy, at present by way of Island. You possibly can stream the entire thing right here. Right this moment we additionally posted our rave overview of the album and you’ll revisit our interview with the band from final yr.
Learn our 9/10 overview right here. Plus learn our Could 2023 interview with The Final Dinner Occasion, which was seemingly the band’s first ever interview with an American publication.
As a result of it wasn’t the strongest week for brand new songs, we thought we’d contemplate an album monitor from Prelude to Ecstasy, one which hadn’t already been a pre-release single, and settled on “Portrait of a Lifeless Lady.”
The Final Dinner Occasion are Abigail Morris (vocals), Georgia Davies (bass), Lizzie Mayland (guitar), Aurora Nishevci (keys), and Emily Roberts (lead guitar). James Ford produced Prelude to Ecstasy, as he did all of the band’s earlier singles. Not solely is he a member of Simian Cellular Disco and The Final Shadow Puppets, however as a producer he has labored with a powerful array of artists, together with Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys, Jessie Ware, The whole lot The whole lot, Gorillaz, HAIM, Florence + The Machine, Foals, and Pet Store Boys.
The Final Dinner Occasion collectively had this to say about their debut album in a earlier press launch: “Ecstasy is a pendulum which swings between the extremes of human emotion, from the ecstasy of ardour to the sublimity of ache, and it’s this idea which binds our album collectively. That is an archeology of ourselves; you possibly can exhume our collective and particular person experiences and influences from inside its cloth. We exorcized guitars for his or her solos, laid naked confessions immediately from diary pages, and summoned an orchestra to convey our imaginative and prescient to life. It’s our best honor and delight to current this providing to the world, it’s every part we’re.”
The Final Dinner Occasion have been getting a substantial quantity of buzz of their house nation primarily based primarily on their dwell performances, however in April they launched their debut single, “Nothing Issues,” by way of a music video. “Nothing Issues” was #1 on our Songs of the Week checklist. Then in June they shared their second single, “Sinner,” in addition to a video of them performing the music dwell. “Sinner” once more made our Songs of the Week checklist. “My Woman of Mercy” was the band’s third single, once more shared by way of a music video and once more one in every of our Songs of the Week. When the album was introduced, the band shared its fourth single, “On Your Aspect,” by way of a music video. “On Your Aspect” was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared one other new music from it, “Caesar on a TV Display screen,” by way of a music video. “Caesar on a TV Display screen” was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week.
Learn our Could 2023 interview with The Final Dinner Occasion, which was seemingly the band’s first ever interview with an American publication.
The Final Dinner Occasion had already carried out units forward of Nick Cave and The Rolling Stones earlier than even releasing a debut single. By Mark Redfern
3. The whole lot The whole lot: “The Finish of the Contender”
British art-rockers The whole lot The whole lot are releasing a brand new album, Mountainhead, on March 1 by way of BMG. Right this moment they shared its third single, “The Finish of the Contender,” by way of a music video. Package Monteith directed the video.
A press launch describes the inspiration behind the music: “The music takes inspiration from the topic of a mid-2010s viral street rage video: ‘Ronnie Pickering,’ a person who ascended to (a really specific) kind of on-line fame by insisting on his personal significance and threatening a battle on-camera. ‘The Finish of the Contender’ is a monitor that explores the unusually targetless aggression and delusions of grandeur which have seeped into the material of contemporary tradition.”
The whole lot The whole lot options frontman Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard (bass, keyboards), Michael Spearman (drums), and Alex Robertshaw (lead guitar, keyboards).
Beforehand the band shared Mountainhead’s first single, “Chilly Reactor,” by way of a music video. “Chilly Reactor” was one in every of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared its second single, “The Mad Stone,” which additionally made our Songs of the Week checklist.
Mountainhead is the fast follow-up to 2022’s Uncooked Knowledge Really feel, which was an album created with the help of articial intelligence (AI). Robertshaw produced Mountainhead along with his manufacturing companion Tom Fuller.
Explaining the themes behind the album and its title, Higgs had this to say in a earlier press launch: “In one other world, society has constructed an immense mountain. To make the mountain greater, they need to make the opening they dwell in deeper and deeper. All of society is constructed across the creation of the mountain, and a mountain faith dominates all thought. On the prime of the mountain is rumored to be an enormous mirror that displays endlessly recurring pictures of the self, and on the backside of the pit is a huge golden snake that’s the primal concern of all believers. A ‘Mountainhead’ is one who believes the mountain should develop regardless of the price, and regardless of how horrible it’s to dwell within the nice pit. The taller the mountain, the deeper the opening.”
Try the fourth episode of our Below the Radar podcast, the place we communicate to Jonathan Higgs.
Learn our COVID-19 Quarantine Examine-In interview with Higgs. By Mark Redfern
4. Geese Ltd.: “Heavy Bag”
Geese Ltd. is Tom McGreevy and Evan Lewis.
McGreevy had this to say in regards to the single in a press launch: “It’s about despair and the way in which that distress loves firm. The way in which that when individuals are in a nasty place they attempt to undermine the people who find themselves down there with them. To maintain them and maintain them there. It’s an extremely ugly impulse, however one which if I’m being sincere I’ve caught myself indulging previously. We tried to do one thing we hadn’t carried out earlier than on this one musically, and needed to form of reverse numerous our instincts in constructing the association. But it surely felt like what finally suited the music. Macie Stewart and Briar Darling ended up improvising numerous the string layers on the finish which had some actually thrilling outcomes.”
McGreevy had this to say about the remainder of the tracks on the album in a earlier press launch: “They’re songs about struggling. About watching individuals I look after endure, and attempting to determine easy methods to be there for them. And in regards to the pressure of dwelling on the earth when it feels prefer it’s able to collapse.”
Geese Ltd. beforehand shared the album’s first single “The Foremost Factor,” by way of a music video. “The Foremost Factor” was one in every of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared its second single, “Hollowed Out,” by way of a music video (it was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week). The album’s third single, “Prepare Stuffed with Gasoline,” was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week.
Dave Vettraino (Deeper, Lala Lala, Dehd) produced the album, which was recorded in Chicago.
Geese Ltd. say they discovered themselves in a extra assured place when recording Hurt’s Method.
“After we acquired signed, we had performed possibly 5 or 6 reveals ever. After final yr, it’s within the tons of. That have can change your notion of your personal music and songwriting,” mentioned McGreevy. “Prior to now after we acquired caught on a music we had an inclination to have a look at our favourite information to see how they tackled it. However now, as an alternative of asking ‘what would Orange Juice do?’, we’d ask, ‘what would we do?’”
Final yr the band launched a canopy music sequence, The Sincerest Type of Flattery. It included a canopy of The Remedy’s “In Between Days,” which featured Jane Inc (the undertaking of Carlyn Bezic), in addition to a canopy of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s 1989 music “Head On.”
Learn our The Finish interview with Tom McGreevy. By Mark Redfern
5. Holly Macve: “Time is Eternally”
After an absence of just about three years, Holly Macve made a placing return this week together with her newest undertaking—a mesmerizing five-track EP titled Time Is Eternally. This launch marks a big milestone for the Irish-born, Yorkshire-raised songwriter, as she explains, “Time is Eternally is the beginning of a brand new period for me. Through the making of it, I spent numerous days and nights alone in unusual cigarette-stained motels, dreaming massive and overcoming sure inhibitions. I put numerous my soul into these tunes and I’m tremendous excited to share them and play them dwell.”
Main the EP is the hypnotic, narcotic title monitor, “Time Is Eternally,” out now by way of Loving Reminiscence Data / Consider.
Macve expands on the monitor sharing, “The writing course of for this music was totally different for me, I often simply write on piano or guitar to start with however this one was environment first and the music adopted. Most of it was recorded in my bed room studio setup however it actually got here to life once I visited Valentine Studios in LA the place Jay Bellerose added probably the most wonderful drums. So fortunate to have his beats on the EP.” By Andy Von Pip
6. Dehd: “Temper Ring”
This week, Chicago trio Dehd introduced a brand new album, Poetry, and shared its first single, “Temper Ring,” by way of a music video. Additionally they introduced some tour dates. Poetry will probably be out on Could 10 by way of Fats Possum. Try the album’s tracklist and canopy art work, in addition to the tour dates, right here.
Dehd is Emily Kempf, Jason Balla, and Eric McGrady. After they completed touring Blue Skies, the band launched into some writing classes in distant areas. “Consuming, sleeping, respiratory, dwelling—our solely objective was to write down,” says Kempf in a press launch.
Ziyad Asrar of Whitney co-produced the album alongside Balla, recording at Palisade Studios in Chicago. Charles Bukowski’s poem “The Laughing Coronary heart” impressed the album.
7. Hovvdy: “Eternally”
This week, Austin, TX duo Hovvdy (Charlie Martin and Will Taylor) introduced a brand new album, Hovvdy, and shared a brand new music from it, “Eternally,” by way of a music video. Hovvdy is due out April 26 by way of Arts & Crafts.
“It’s a full circle, as a result of a number of my songs, in maturity, cope with trying again and seeing your mother and father as simply people struggling by way of life—and attempting to have extra empathy or understanding. And now Will is diving in from the alternative aspect as a brand new father or mother, grappling with all that,” says Martin of the brand new album.
“On this album, we tried to essentially step again and take a look at: ‘How can we convey our songwriting in a brand new manner?’” says Taylor. “It challenged the songs we introduced, and it challenged me to be extra susceptible.”
“We’re attempting to stretch out and create a tapestry of every part we are able to do,” provides Martin.
The band co-produced the album with Andrew Sarlo (Bon Iver, Massive Thief) and Bennett Littlejohn (bassist, multi-instrumentalist).
The album consists of three beforehand launched singles: “Jean,” “Bubba,” and “Portrait.”
In 2022 Hovvdy launched a brand new EP, billboard for my emotions, by way of Grand Jury. The band’s final album, True Love, was one in every of our High 100 Albums of 2021 and likewise produced by Sarlo. By Mark Redfern
8. POND: “Neon River”
The band had this to say in regards to the music in a press launch: “This can be a full on Pond Gemini music. Kinda tumbles by way of bucolic Gum (Jay Watson) larping, into Nick (Allbrook) in most Aerosmith spandex mode, with a short detour into some form of shoegaze instrumental part. The refrain is in regards to the hole half useless riverside shuffle of so many pre dawns of years passed by.”
POND’s final studio album, 9, got here out in 2021 by way of Spinning High. By Mark Redfern
These songs nearly made the High 8.
Julien Chang: “Residence For The Second”
The Fourth Wall: “Darkness of Coronary heart”
Ibibio Sound Machine: “Acquired to Be Who U Are”
Billy Joel: “Flip the Lights Again On”
Omni: “INTL Waters”
Pet Store Boys: “Loneliness”
STRFKR: “Below Water / In Air”
Right here’s a helpful Spotify playlist that includes the High 8 so as, adopted by all of the honorable mentions: