“…and no one can save me from drowning in you.”

“Torrential River” by Jylda | We’re writing about Jylda again. The London-based (via Berlin) singer-songwriter also known as Gianna Gehlhar has been featured on this blog a couple of years back, and now she’s preparing to release a new EP, Twitch, sometime in the northern hemisphere’s spring. “Torrential River” is the first track off it, and while it still has that cold, mysterious feel we got from “The Body” a couple of sun cycles back, this one feels just a little poppier, dare I say a little sunnier? I don’t trust myself with these terms anymore. But it’s still as enchanting as you’d expect – or not, if you haven’t listened to her the first time. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)


“I ain’t never gonna let her go.”

“Never Gonna Let Her Go” by Katey Brooks | I was sold this song on the basis of the vocal harmonies. It’s standard PR stuff, but sometimes I feel the press release knows me, because I’ve been getting these songs in the past few years more often. But it’s more than that. There’s a lot – there’s a lot – going on in “Never Gonna Let Her Go”, the new single from London-based singer-songwriter Katey Brooks. There’s a faint hint of the mystical. There’s a strong undercurrent of the rowdy blues. There’s this bassline you can’t exactly place, but you definitely know it’s there. And, again, her voice, which somehow manages to traverse all that and combine what could be a mess into something pretty coherent. And yes, I know, “a lot going on” has been done well before. I’m thinking of ELO and Queen, for some reason. Is this worthy of the comparison? Perhaps. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“This house will burn down anyway, so just get out.”

“Flames” by John Adams | We’ve written about Welsh singer-songwriter John Adams a couple of times before, and it’s nice to hear from him again. This slid into our still-full inbox: a song off his upcoming EP No White Lies, which drops next Friday. There’s not really much to say, because this is one of those songs you don’t think much about. It’s a soaring little delight, one that quickly earns its bona fides and makes you go along for the ride. It’s not often I get a song so quickly, but this one, I did. It seems John’s been getting better and better; perhaps the EP will tip the scale. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“I think I’m torn at the seams.”

“High In The City” by Sun K | I don’t think I’ve spent a whole week just writing about stuff on the inbox. But then, this backlog is massive, and it’s keeping the songs I have stumbled upon myself (kind of) at bay, at least for now. But some of these things are good, and this is one of them, although I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to really enjoy this because I’m sick (at least as I write this) and I will admit to dismissing them initially as just another one of those bands. But it’s hard to resist the mindless – no, carefree – joy of this track from Toronto five-piece Sun K. Taken off their sophomore record Bleeding Hearts, this track is, out and out, an ode to not having a worry and just being able to do… whatever. Man, I wish I had that luxury now. All these things I do out of love, they now seem like a chore now. Like this, arguably. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“It’s a crime I’ll never regret.”

“Strange Love” by Low Hum | Still on the inbox, and now, something decidedly psychedelic from Los Angeles-based (and Hawaii-born) multi-instrumentalist Collin Desha, also known as Low Hum. The origin story, of course, makes sense in this context: it all feels hazy like you would expect from most music from other LA bands – a loose yet fast late-night feel – but with the added carefree of, at least for me, the stereotypes of being Hawaiian. I haven’t been to either place, so you’ll have to forgive me here. “Strange Love”, the first single off his upcoming full-length Room to Breathe (it drops 7 June) is a song that happily sits between two stools – well, more of makes a third stool and sits on it. When you plug it in it does bring you on a journey, and depending on when or how you listen to it the orientation will change. And I’m sure it will change when you listen to it again. Or perhaps it’s the really trippy animation on the MV. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)