“The world was not enough for this evil soul.”

“Pablo Escobar” by Vanessa Forero | Now, a disclaimer: I haven’t watched any of the things about Pablo Escobar floating about lately. I know he’s a real person but I just haven’t been interested. Does that invalidate this write-up? But then you don’t really have to. Vanessa Forero – now we haven’t heard from her in years, and writing this song took her three years, in fact, if only because of what Pablo did to her native Colombia. I’ll say this takes the tradition of Latin American storytelling nicely, and the waltz mechanism is quite enchanting. This is the first bit out of her upcoming EP Fuego, which promises to be just a bit more personal considering how she returned to her native country in the lead-up. I look forward to it. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“It’ll drag me out of bed and leave me alone in the deepest part of the woods.”

“Sometimes” by Bars of Gold | I’m writing this feeling a bit too sleepy for comfort. I’ll guess I haven’t had enough sleep from before I left for Cebu up until now. I don’t know. I’ve had an urge to catch up with work on a Sunday, which isn’t fun, they say, but at least I finished an infographic that’s eluded me for a week. (When you’re editor, you dictate your timeline.) So, on to the inbox, and to a band from Detriot called Bars of Gold. Post-rock, the press release says, but clearly I know little, because the opening salvo just falls on you and, well, that’s it. You’re taken, and you’ve got no way out. It’s a nice jolt, and, yes, I must confess I am awake. The band – now featuring Bear vs Shark guitarist John Gaviglio – are now suiting up for the release of their new EP Shelters, out 12 April. Way past the cut-off, that. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“Do you ever think about my feelings?”

“Insecure” by Wayi | The Belgians have found me – they’re now on my inbox. But, all right, I have actually written about Wayi before. Last year she was on the verge of releasing her upcoming EP Love In Progress, and as it turns out, it’s still yet to come out – but we now know it’s dropping on 27 March. The 25-year-old soulstress is preparing for that with the similarly clear “Insecure”, which showcases her soulful vocals without really going through too many hoops. And sometimes that’s just what we need. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“Someone’s always gonna know my face.”

“Stop and Stare” by Gloo | We’ve written about Gloo last year, in the lead-up to their debut album A Pathetic Youth, which was released last July. Now they’re back with a new single, from what seems to be another release, although details are still scant at the moment. I find myself with the same angles as last time – how this song is short, how this song is all packed – and that’s not a bad thing. There remains that burst of energy from this trio from Littlehampton that keeps exhilarating one year on, although I must admit this time it feels a little loose, which, again, is a good thing. New music coming soon, but, again, I wish I knew when. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“If I told you I’m sorry, would you wait for me?”

“All This Time” by Van Bellman | The press release said this song dropped “in time for Valentine’s day” but, well, you know how we let things sit around in the inbox. It’s the weekend after all that, and maybe the high from knowing you’ve impressed your special someone has gone down, but this song feels like a nice antidote. The last time we wrote about Van Bellman, aka Zac Taylor, we had a song that we could only describe as “crunchy”. This song couldn’t be more different: something reminiscent of 60s AM pop, Wall of Sound treatment and aural glitter and all. It doesn’t really go up and up, but it’s a nice thing to be sailing with, shall I say. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)