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
Occasionally a track comes along that just sounds so unique and special that typing words here simply seems superfluous. There’s not a lot we can say that can add much value to something so atmospheric, creative, and mesmerising.
Underwaterfall is the work of London artist/producer Bearcubs (aka Jack Ritchie) and is the first track from a forthcoming EP of the same name due out 10 March.
We’ll leave it at that with the words. Just have a listen, then listen again a few more times. You’ll surely fall in love with this track just like we have.
Bearcubs – Underwaterfall
We were lucky enough to catch HUNTAR late last year during his stint supporting Fickle Friends and it is clear that the guy has something pretty special. His stage presence is BIG, high energy, and totally uplifting. He is also building up a strong set of tunes too, and this updated version of his song 4am is helping him make a big early impression on 2017.
The London-based singer has just sold out his forthcoming London show at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, but there will be plenty more chances to catch him this year with further dates to be announced and doubtless more than a few festivals over the summer where we expect his profile to go through the roof.
See also his FIFA17-embroiled track Anyway which is a major earworm.
HUNTAR – 4am (feat. ILoveMakonnen)
We’ve been huge fans of Sinead Harnett for a while now, ever since seeing her performing with Rudimental a few years back. With a wonderfully soulful voice, Harnett can turn her hand to a wide range of genres, sounding great on everything from the slowest of ballads to the most uptempo dance tracks. As well as Rudimental, she’s also collaborated with the likes of Snakehips, Wiley, Disclosure and Kidnap Kid (providing the vocals for the incredible So Close).
This one however – our last ‘Track of the Week’ for 2016 – is a slice of RnB brilliance.
Sinead Harnett – Rather Be With You
Regular visitors to Sync will know that we’re quite partial to a bit of quirky pop, so it will come as no surprise that this song made for an easy choice as this week’s track of the week.
As debut singles go, Rolling On You Romeo is something of a statement of intent from London-based singer VEI, full of attitude and swagger. It starts off subtle and reserved, but the strong chorus and sublime strings take it up to full speed beautifully. Nicely choreographed video to go with it all too.
If you’re in the capital, catch VEI live at Surya in King’s Cross for an acoustic set on Sunday 18 December.
VEI – Rolling On You Romeo