Welcome to New Music Friday, where we give you releases in the scene you may be anticipating or haven’t heard about yet. When it comes to the music scene, there’s so many different avenues and genres you can go towards. Punk, alternative, indie, metal, pop-punk, hardcore… they all fall underneath this one general descriptor that’s meant to encapsulate a variety of sounds and styles.
All that’s required is a love for new music.
1. “Milk and Honey” by Proper.
“Milk and Honey” is the latest single from Proper.’s next LP—a concept album named The Great American Novel. It’s a delicate, dreamscape-sounding one, instrumentals wise. However, the lyrics are filled with doubt about a relationship. The video perfectly encapsulates the theme and setting of the record, fitting perfectly with the record name.
It’s almost as if you can feel the anxiety and fear dripping from the lyricism; Something I think is the mark of an incredibly produced record. “What if I can’t do this?” repeats throughout, first from vocalist, Erik Garlington, then from a chorus of voices.
As the single delicately fades to a close, it sets an impressive precedent for the record, and the depths Proper. can reach as a band.
2. “Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))” by Soul Glo
Calling all metal heads: Soul Glo is your new obsession. They have a knack for taking thrash metal and adding slight elements of alternative and indie. I can always appreciate a sick guitar riff and smart vocals. “Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))” has both, and introspective lyrics to boot, diving into the pressures of the hustle and being your best.
Take the last line, for example: “But, our lives are wasted if we don’t even try, and it’s delicious every time it turns out I was right.” Wow, right?
Energy here is absolutely insane. It jumps off of the track. Near the middle, there’s a huge buildup, aided by the crashing of cymbals and hi-hats, topped off with a gritty scream from the vocalist. It’s one of those tunes you can definitely picture in your head seeing live. The melodies were quick and full of intent, and create a buzz in your ear you crave for over and over again.
3. “Jackie Down the Line” by Fontaines DC
Get ready to dance. Or at least tap your foot, if dancing’s not your thing. That’s what the sick drumming, trippy electric guitar, and the full vocals in Fontaines DC’s new single will give you.
No doubt, this song will be stuck in my head like the Jeopardy! music. If you like songs with a quick, rolling sound that are sure to get stuck in your head, this one’s for you. Especially with the “oooh, sha-la-la,” at the end by the vocalist, making this indie classic rock song even more fun.
4. “Body Language” by Mint Green
Now signed with Pure Noise Records, Mint Green is a Boston-based pop punk band that I’ve been keeping my eye on for a few years. They have a knack for punchy songs and cute lyrics. With “Body Language,” we see a different side of the band.
More lo-fi and bedroom pop, this single still doesn’t lose that classic Mint Green sound. It’s a wonderful, refreshing take for the band, complete with a perfect blend of complex instrumentals. The mini-breakdowns are everything. Seriously, go listen. They killed this.
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