Our music editor Lulu has had a mental week and cannot wait for Friday to be over! She comes bearing gifts for the weekend, with a mixture of tracks, some more upbeat, others more suited to chilled out sunny afternoons – enjoy! Don’t forget to share the list and tweet @AfterNyne.
Raleigh Ritchie – Never Say Die
Premiered via The Fader, Raleigh Ritchie & Sounwave’s new offering is a display of truly genre-bending talent from the “Stronger Than Ever” vocalist. Titled “Never Say Die”, the song is as powerful in timbre as it is lyrically, with passion and defiance prominent with every note. In the build up to his debut album, Raleigh Ritchie has shared this loose track as a token of his developing sound; a chance for fans to gain an insight into what may be in store on the ever anticipated record.
Sea Lion – Ghostlands
In an age of noisy, confident musicians, there’s something refreshing about the shadowy stillness of Sea Lion’s debut album Desolate Stars. Written and recorded alone in her bedroom, Linn Osterberg explores what it is to be an uncertain in an age of cultivated personae under cover of slow darkness: her distorted electric guitar melts into a watercolour wash, a piano plays like the ghost of a Leonard Cohen ballad, while the close-mic’d intimacy is as intimidating as Cat Power’s earliest records. Initially, it feels almost voyeuristic to listen, until the record’s spellbinding aura drags you under.
Kat Eaton – Giving It Up
Having launched her solo career in September 2013 with her debut single ‘Alien’,Kat’s lyrical depth and vocal dexterity garnered immediate support from BBC Introducing, who named it one of the top 25 singles of 2013. After releasing her debut EP, ‘Live At The Foundry’ in 2014, in association with Ont’ Sofa Records, Katdecided to focus her energies on building her sound as a recording artist, heading back in to the studio to define her sound and record her brand new single ‘Giving It Up’.
EZTV – Trampoline
Premiered via Noisey, ‘Trampoline’ exhibits what you might call the EZTV mantra: presenting songs with only the required embellishments. EZTV’s Ezra Tenenbaum says of the new track, “‘Trampoline’ is a summer song about sitting on roofs, boredom and falling out of love. It’s the oldest song we play and when I wrote it I was listening to a lot of Murmur, smoking too much pot and wishing I was in a band. If you like this one, the Feelies’ ‘On The Roof’ makes good company.”
Mikky Ekko – Pressure Pills
Ekko, a Louisiana native who currently resides in Nashville, co-wrote and feature featured on Chris Malinchak’s single, the disco stormer “Stranger.” Mikky Ekko was also last year nominated for a 2014 MTV Video Music Award with David Guetta for “Best Video with a Social Message” for the song “One Voice,” which the two recorded for the United Nations’ “The World Needs More” campaign. Mikky’s music has already been licensed in True Blood, The Blacklist, Grey’s Anatomy, Orange is the New Black, Homeland, and more.