“How do your thoughts feel when they are drowning?”

“In Colour” by Wooing | “You know Rachel Trachtenberg?” Jeany asked me during one of our chats this week. Now I realize I have mistaken her for Michelle Trachtenberg. Jeany and I are of the same age but our references are quite different, understandably. At least me saying Rachel is an actress isn’t false. (Whew.) We were talking about her new band Wooing, another reference lost to me because now it’s clear I have not heard of Rachel before, but “In Colour”, off their just released EP DayDream Time Machine, is a boozy, woozy thing that drives while bending. I would drive fast to this but then the road would buckle and I would be upside down the next moment, with my tires still on the road. Quite interesting, this. Now, to get both our references straight. [NB]

“Fare thee well, oh honey.”

“Down By The River” by Vikesh Kapoor | I somewhat missed the deadline on this, as this dropped last Friday (and on limited translucent blue flexi disc, if that’s you thing) but, well, songs like this don’t really do well kept behind a deadline. That’s me justifying writing about Vikesh Kapoor’s new single half a week later than I should have. Four years after the release of his debut album The Ballad of Willy Robbins, he settles down with this plaintive yet striking little thing – apparently about a Ukranian girl he met by the, well, river back in Pennsylvania, where he came from – one that you better just allow to soak you all the way through. This is a thing of beauty. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“How do I look now? Am I a beauty?”

“Girlhood” by the Preatures | Proof that I am woefully out of the loop lately: I missed this. The Preatures – my other favorite Aussie band, but then again there are many – have returned with a track that focuses squarely on their revving sound, but still has that romp through rock history that they did the first time. But listening to this right now, as I write this, makes me harried. I have lots of work to do and I am rushing this to post because I actually scheduled nothing. Again. Here we go. Again. How do I look now? Am I clearly harangued? [NB]

“It’s okay that I’m not like you.”

“Uncool” by Kuizz | This guy’s name gave me a thought. “Maybe his music is that cool, slightly hipster-y pop,” I thought. Well, no. This track from Kuizz is a pretty chill thing – a just-right soulful bouncer that doesn’t drill down too hard. He’s been writing and producing songs for others after studying in Melbourne, and only recently has he done stuff for himself: this is off his debut EP Till The End, which was released last year. But the most interesting part came early into the press release, when it revealed he’s from Kuala Lumpur. Oooh. Another Malaysian on my pages – and another Malaysian who found his way through these pages via a PR agency from Europe. How do these things happen? And when will we ever? [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“Though I stand strong, I feel weak to the knees.”

“Waiting for a Change” by Rachel Jane | We’re getting a bit of cross-pollination these past couple of days. This time we have a song produced by someone we’ve also written about before (like yesterday, but that’s a co-writing credit) but in this case the song is a punch on the wall – strong. Joshua Luke Smith – remember him, the rapper from Bath? – produced this track from 21-year-old Rachel Jane. Oh, yeah, she’s 21 but I get this strong maturity from her voice, her demeanor. The song is also good; a first taste of her upcoming EP The Mountain, which drops this July. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)