“…but that sure will be expensive.”

“Emmanuel” by TK & the Holy Know-Nothings | I am writing about this song at half past two in the morning. I slept for an hour, woke up, and two hours later, just cannot sleep. Is it the trip to Clark? Is it me pondering whether I’m actually dying sooner than I thought? This is the second time I am listening to “Emmanuel”, the debut single from new band TK & the Holy Know-Nothings – what frontman Taylor Kingman describes as an attempt to front a “loose, groove-heavy bar band”. Well, I could be holding a glass of whiskey right about now. Maybe I should, just to fall asleep, just to avoid all these thoughts of death. But, yes, this is loose, and also dark, or it’s the time of the day that’s making me think that way. Their debut album Arguably OK drops on 24 May. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)


“You tore apart my insides.”

“Hush” by Cielo Pordomingo | Like nothing happened, right? Let’s get on with it. We’ve written about Cielo Pordomingo three years ago; the Argentinian electronica artist has an interesting approach with sound, a push and pull that plays with opposites to make a united yet dissonant feel. Next month (25 April to be exact) she’ll be releasing her fourth album, Moirai, and the first single off it, “Hush”, is, well, here. It’s the same approach that led us to write about her the first time, only now I’m really attracted to that violin thing, how it flits through and make me feel a little more on edge than I should be. (“The song presents a reality that no longer holds,” the press release says. Yes, yes, yes.) Also, yes, I’ve feel a bit on edge lately, but somehow I’m still enjoying this even if I really should feel aggravated. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“Just say anything to me.”

“Say Anything” by Mobs | I may have made some sort of accidental theme for these last two posts: something a bit grounded in the 80s (okay, this one is very much grounded in the 80s) and some sort of call-and-response thing going, too. Meet Mobs, a band from Melbourne who started as an acoustic duo and has transitioned into this, something really glittery and somewhat glammy. But you can still hear the softness in their music, judging from how atmospheric “Say Anything”, from their recently released EP Bad Love, is. It floats like most of the more memorable 80s stuff do: ethereal, and then the percussion comes crashing and you’re a bit grounded again. Float, sink, float, sink. Just the way it’s supposed to be. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“You know nothing!”

“Infected Nightmares (Frankenstein)” by Heavy Rapids | Okay, let’s get loud now. A nice change of pace, if anything. Glasgow punk band Heavy Rapids have been getting a fair bit of attention lately, off the back of their first single “Going Down”. Now there’s a new one out, and it follows the same format somewhat – under three minutes, and, well, straightforward punk. But “Infected Nightmares (Frankenstein)” somehow feels just a little more exciting, because despite the expectations you aren’t quite sure where it will go. And it does go somewhere else at some point. Also, I think I ought to mention the band’s unlikely origins from vocalist Dillon Squire assuming Primal Scream’s Screamadelica was a metal record. That story I found a bit amusing. But, hey, the explorations in that album, I see it here. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“We got nothing in common.”

“Neon” by Shy Shy Shy | It’s always nice to hear back from Shy Shy Shy, and as they’ve been busy, we’ve been hearing from them a lot. They’re back with a new EP, Gloss, some songs from which you’ve probably already heard, especially if you’ve been watching the TV series Doggystyle. (I think some people I know have.) But leading that EP is a new song, “Neon”, which sees a different dimension to the group’s polished electropop sound. This one is filled with, uh, more swagger. It’s like a beast inside has awakened, but not fully, which means some grumbling. All I’m saying is, it’s an interesting new step for the Danish duo. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)