“Two steps forward. Two steps back. It’s the same every day.”

“Wasteful” by River Fury | It’s becoming a recurring theme on the blog, how I’ve been too busy to get through everything on the inbox. (Especially the past month.) Thankfully it’s not too late for me to get my hands on this from new London band River Fury, whose debut EP Five Year Plan dropped last week. (Not too late, because it’s been waiting on my inbox for a month or so.) “Wasteful” sets the tone for the four-piece’s debut: there’s definitely the punk spirit in here, but it’s all overtaken by psychedelic influences (but not too much) which lends this a flavor that I appreciate, that you don’t see many others attempt. It can be crunchy when needed, and it can be smoother when needed. I’m honestly glad I found the email and listened to the whole thing through; typing this I honestly feel a bit excited. What’s next, boys? [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)


“I got nowhere to go tonight.”

“Joyride” by Shy Shy Shy | I have been so busy I have lost track of Shy Shy Shy’s little project, releasing songs for the Danish television show Doggystyle. I mean, the last time I wrote about it I didn’t even know the show’s title. We’ve written about “Sober”, and two more songs have been released since then. I assume “Doggystyle (Pretty Please)” is the actual theme song, and it’s similarly languid, if not a bit more familiar in comparison with the stuff they have released before. But this third track, “Joyride”, is pretty. Here they really strip back, just Simon’s guitar and Astrid’s vocals and nothing more, at least initially. And it does put things into perspective, doesn’t it? It builds nicely but it doesn’t lose sight of the essentials. I guess I have to look up that television show now. Will Netflix have it? [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“It gives you a halo.”

“Bottom Step” by Living Hour | Okay, so I’m not sure how I got to this point. Someone on Twitter recommended this song to me (hello, Em from Canada) and it took me a while to listen to it, because I have been preparing for this Hong Kong trip I am currently in. This is a band from Winnipeg called Living Hour, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect mournful meandering dream pop – but perhaps this is what I need right now, considering all that’s been happening lately and how I have not really fully destressed from all the things I have been doing. They’ve just dropped this new single and already I feel so relaxed I don’t mind that the temperatures here are higher than they should be. Well, fine, we’ll have to live with that. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

Things without words #30: Now we know the reason behind the melting


“Flash Frame” by Kaos Protokoll | Earlier this year I wrote about Swiss jazz band Kaos Protokoll, and went on about how it feels like I’m melting when I listened to them. Well, there’s more of that now, with the release of new album Everyone Nowhere tomorrow. “New Chapter”, the previous track we’ve written about, is there, but the shareable now is opening track “Flash Frame”, which puts the record – described as “a scathing assessment of where we ended up, not only as a culture, but also as a species” – in perspective. It still melts, sure, but there’s this build-up in this track that swells, and swells – but then it makes sense when you listen to the record in whole, where the melting isn’t so much reminiscent of the heat but now an indictment into how, um, spineless we can be. But then, I can be weird when interpreting Swiss post-jazz bands. It reads like a high school report, but by the end of the record you know where Kaos Protokoll stands, or at least you have an idea. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“I wouldn’t try to be three-dimensional.”

“Bendable” by Keep Shelly in Athens | I thought I’d have a lot on my inbox, but turns out not a lot of them would be interesting to me. Is it higher quality control or is it me being so tired from last week’s vacation? (If you’re tired, is it really a vacation?) Here’s one that made the cut, although it is a recommend from Anna, so there’s that. The band’s name is evocative. Keep Shelly in Athens. It’s like a last-minute plea to save someone. Also, Athens may be this almost mythical place but nobody really uses the place in a band name. That said, this duo is from Athens, and it is neon-hued dreampop with a nice dance-y undercurrent. “Bendable” is one-half of a double single they just released last week, and I prefer this because I still have Hong Kong in my head (I am returning there next week for the day job) and particularly that stereotypical image of neon lights on a dark night. Well, that was Temple Street and me getting a CD, but not for me. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)