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Julian – Drawn 2

Washington, USA!!

Yes this is a short song, well observed, but fear not dear readers as these 2 minutes and 10 seconds are full of misery, darkness and murk (if murkiness was an object). In other words, Drawn 2 ticks all the boxes on our new doom music checklist.

That unrelenting guitar riff is what I imagine Interpol sound like whenever they have a conversation between themselves. I’m really bad with lyrics and interpretations, but Drawn 2 sounds very obsessive and all consuming – It gives me that same ominous feeling I get from Nirvanawhere did you sleep last night’.

I feel I may have over interpreted, but ignore me and please go listen to it!

I’m gunna go listen to Julian‘s earlier releases :).

10 Commandments out of 10

Mallard – Wubalubadubdub

California, USA! Sacramentohhhhh!

Wow, Wubalubadubdub is epic and I bet it rules live.

I love the vocals so so much, Martha and the Muffins – Echo Beach anyone??? I should try and get Muffins into more of my writing. It’s a joy how this track bridges between sections, in that respect it’s the opposite of everybody’s teenage years – seamless and graceful. I speak of teenage years as the lyrics remind me of trying to fit in when you don’t truly belong anywhere.

Seriously, it slides into a sort of MGMT – Of Moons, Birds and Monsters (their best song btw) and I get completely lost in the beautiful guitars. But thank God – I’m able to find a way out of the hazy guitar maze as Wubalubadubdub eventually comes full circle, but secretly I never wanted to leave…

BRB, gunna go listen to Martha and the Muffins and get hyped for more Mallard.

10 Commandments out of 10.

Elnuh – May 2 June

Texas, USA!

Elnuh really remind me of a band we have over here in the UK called Honeyblood.

There’s lots of reasons why I like May 2 June, and I suppose you lot want to know what these reasons are.

Well, lines such as “how many people does it take to feel real” hit home hard as I listened on my way to work – surrounded at close quarters by strangers I’d never see again. I was on a train by the way, there wasn’t just a gang of strangers taunting me all morning.

May 2 June makes me really want to start writing a diary again, where I can express every recent emotional hurdle in caps.

I also love this song as the guitar jam at the end brought back memories of when I saw Real Estate recently and I had no idea they did 8 minute jams when they perform live and it was great. Thanks Elnuh for bringing back those good times, but no pressure to do 8 minute long jams when you perform live *winks at the laptop screen*.

Go listen to the whole Split EP with Booty Feet. I really struggled to pick just one Elnuh track to write about – they’re all really great, especially Powdered Sugar!

10 Commandments out of 10.

Fime – Duck

California, USA!

Wow wow wow this is so great and fun.

The guitar on Duck is so awesome, it almost sounds nostalgic with hints of Hank Marvin/The Shadows? I see Fime playing in the corner of a rockin’ 50s American Diner, whilst the cool kids comb their hair and drink from their malt shakes. There would obviously be a dance contest too, and some teenage drama.

Meanwhile, cutting through all this American nostalgia are those scratchy rasping vocals, shaking up the wholesome routine. The contrast sounds great and that guitar solo is so malt shatteringly good. I have written ‘malt’ too many times.

It’s a wicked track and go check out the whole Dining EP on bandcamp.

Also, I think there may be new music on the horizon – Fime posted on the ol’ Facebook news of a new music video coming soon…along with a photo of a dawg.

10 Commandments out of 10.

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