There’s so much good stuff arriving into our inbox just at the moment so it’s no easy task picking this week’s TOTW. By virtue of our inability to get this tune out of our heads, this beauty from Marsicans is our big one however.
We’ve been banging on about the Leeds-based four-piece for a good long while now and its great to see them making some great progress and continuing to develop their sound. They also have a great support slot coming up in the autumn when they’re on the road with Clean Cut Kid during October which we can’t wait for.
Too Good is a strong piece of upbeat indie-pop which will doubtless have been sounding great on the band’s various festival appearances this summer – and there’s several more of those to come too including appearances at this weekend’s 110 Above, Greenbelt, Redcar Rocks and Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival.
Marsicans – Too Good
Heading up our latest Sync List, the new song from Swedish singer-songwriter Skott has all the ethereal beauty of her earlier songs Porcelain and Glitter & Gloss, building delicately to something of altogether epic proportions. There’s a hint of Lana Del Ray to start with, some Kate Bush-esque magic too, but really, Mermaid signifies more of a confirmation in earnest of Skott’s very own distinctive style.
Hearing her live is believing – those high notes really are that flawless when she performs. Shortly heading to the US for a couple of support slots with the mighty Phantogram, her next UK headline show in London on 13 September is sold out but fans can track her down supporting MØ on her autumn tour dates in Bristol (23 October), Glasgow (24), Manchester (25), London (27), Norwich (28), and Birmingham (29).
Skott – Mermaid
More wonderfully dreamy stuff from London band Swimming Tapes. Released today, What’s On Your Mind is characteristically breezy, and crafted with a real lightness of touch that gives their sound such a distinctive edge. The track is taken from the forthcoming EP The Soft Sea Blue, out on 15 September.
Don’t miss the chance to catch these guys live at London’s lovely Lexington on 20 September. Tickets here.
Swimming Tapes – What’s On Your Mind
We were lucky enough to catch Banfi during the frenetic schedule of the Dot To Dot festival in May and they were one of the real highlights. The three-piece band from lovely Leytonstone, East London, have that knack of pulling out the kind of killer hooks that give their brand of indie-pop enough of an extra edge to really stand out from the crowd.
She Comes Home is their latest effort and is probably their most accomplished yet. It cements our view they they’re destined for a far, far higher profile.
Banfi hit the road this September so don’t miss them if you live within an acceptable distance of these fine towns and cities, especially as the support is the most excellent Bryde: Oxford (8 September), Glasgow (10), Manchester (11), London (12), Southampton (14), Bristol (15), Birmingham (16), Nottingham (18), and Leeds (19).
Banfi – She Comes Home
Manchester-based art-pop foursome Everything Everything have dropped the first track from their forthcoming fourth album, and it’s an absolute banger.
Just as they made a big impact with the start of the campaign for their previous album with Distant Past setting the tone for a more urgent, feisty Get To Heaven than its predecessor LP Arc, Can’t Do certainly bodes well for what’s to come when A Fever Dream is released on 18 August.
The Sync-favourites are currently previewing a large slice of the new material at a series of intimate dates around the UK. They then perform a support slot for Foals at Cornwall’s Eden Project before hitting several festivals over the summer including Reading and Leeds and By The Sea in Margate. A full tour in support of A Fever Dream is expected in the Autumn.
Everything Everything – Can’t Do
Pure synth-pop at it’s best, this one deserves to be a summer pop anthem. Meet Dan Crossley, a 21-year-old singer songwriter from Telford who has been busy writing songs throughout his teens.
He attracted plenty of attention with his debut track Feel and has now followed it up with Nothing But Love, which is what we have for this tune. It is taken from his five-track EP Feel which is out on Friday 19 May.
Dan Crossley – Nothing But Love
New from Liverpool-based band – and Sync favourites – Haarm is Endangered Species, an absolute beauty of a song that solved a dilemma for us this week. You see, we were stuck between a choice of two great songs for this week’s Track of the Week… then this one came along and blew both of them out of the water!
The band says: “Endangered Species is about how unforgiving a year 2016 was in terms of losing extremely talented people. It was talked about a lot at the time so it was obviously on our minds a great deal and it just seemed so relentless. I guess the song is about learning to treasure and appreciate those who are still with us and not taking anybody for granted.”
Haarm – Endangered Species
PVRIS have unveiled the first track from their forthcoming album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell which is due out on 4 August. The track, Heaven, is a striking statement of intent for the album – dark, slick and powerful, and really showing off lead singer Lynn Gunn’s vocal talents to the max.
The band are about to hit the road for a string of dates starting this week, kicking off in London on 4/5 May before heading off to Paris (8), Amsterdam (10) and Berlin (11). They’ll also be appearing at various festivals over the summer including Reading & Leeds.
PVRIS – Heaven
Sync favourites Ardyn have been hiding themselves away in the studio for a while, pretty much ever since we caught them live during their last UK tour late last year in fact.
Now, they’ve unveiled the first fruits of their production time. Together is a cracking tune that has somewhat wrong-footed fans of the band such as ourselves in that although it’s still very much their sound, it’s also really quite different! It’s upbeat, pop in style – and we love it. Hoping there’s plenty more where this came from.
Catch them at a host of summer festival dates, including Dot To Dot in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham (26-28 May).
Ardyn – Together
Follow-up to Drug Money, Make A Mess is the latest track from Avante Black, the alt-pop group fronted by Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten. It’s an uptempo, multi-layered and neatly-produced tune that helps to justify all the hype over the past year or so about them being one to watch.
Catch them next month at Dot To Dot (Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham – 26/27/28 May).
Avante Black – Make A Mess
As if we were not already looking forward to Joe Goddard‘s forthcoming solo album (Electric Lines, out on 21 April) enough already, he went and dropped this. Ever the creative genius, he throws several genres at new track Home, weaving and splicing it all together beautifully.
Is there anyone out there constructing more comprehensively inventive music than this right now? Doubtful.
Joe Goddard – Home
Absolute magic from music mavericks Little Dragon. Sweet is from the band’s forthcoming album Season High, due for release on 14 April.
Little Dragon – Sweet
We’ve been in love with this track for a little while now. Crosby is the debut release by London-based British-American singer-songwriter Azusena, whose atmospheric sound and brooding vocals remind us a little of the genius that is Fiona Apple.
A debut album is in the works and slated for release later this year.
Azusena – Crosby
This song from Australian singer-songwriter Woodes gets well and truly inside your head.
As well as great vocals from this talented Melbourne-based artist (real name Elle Graham), the key to it lies to a large extent in the song’s simplicity – Bonfire has a pared-back beauty that shows wonderful production restraint and stands up very well to repeat listening over and over. Love it.
Woodes – Bonfire
A supremely chilled out track to start the week, this is Twenty by UK producer Marble Empire (Matt Berry).
The 20-year-old Guildford-based artist – who started out as a producer in 2015 before moving on to performing his own tracks live with a full band – takes inspiration from the likes of Jungle and Nao and you can spot these influences among the many elements going on in this tune. We love it and hope you will too.
Marble Empire – Twenty