Singles Spin #28

So what’s the latest singles in Singles Spin #28? Check out the latest from:

Still basking in the glow of her recent announcement as the winner of the 2020 BRITs Rising Star award, and having today been hailed the winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2020 poll, ascendant soul singer Celeste releases her incendiary new single Stop This Flame. The rousing track – out now on Polydor Records – is the British-Jamaican artist’s first taste of new music in what is set to be a very busy year, with the BRITs win landing her a prestigious performance at the upcoming ceremony on February 18th.

“In essence, Stop This Flame is a song about seeing it through to the end,” Celeste reveals. “Whether it’s about not letting go of love, not letting go of a dream or stridently coming through some form of adversity. The song has always evoked those feelings within me.”

Following on from the release of their internationally praised singles Big World and Find Another You, Melbourne four-piece indie-pop band MOBS have started their new year with another stunningly colourful new single I’ll Be Back.

The track instantly captivates with flowing synths and guitars, before bursting into life with its swinging style and punchy drums, then giving way to lead singer Jordan Clarey. Massive hooks fill the choruses, accompanied by the tracks infectious swinging beat, not leaving out Jordan’s backing vocals giving the perception of backing group singing and clicking their fingers in time with the beat.

Jordan talks about the inspiration behind I’ll Be Back:

“This is based on the character Kyle Reese coming back in time to protect Sarah Connor from the Terminator. It’s about loving someone despite the space, time or distance between them. It’s still subtle enough to feel like a love song, while also giving props to the characters from the film.”

Post-genre art and music visionary Poppy has released her boundlessly ambitious new album I Disagree (out now via Sumerian Records), paired with the video for new single and album highlight Anything Like Me.

The album marks a dynamic and deliberate shift for Poppy. Her quiet rise from incalculable phenomenon (with over half-a-billion views on YouTube) to unassuming paragon of high culture, high fashion, and high art has fuelled her metamorphosis to “Poppy Version X.” She explains that “in terms of doing what I wanted to in every element from start-to-finish, this feels like my first album. The narrative is really about destroying the things that try to destroy you.”

If rock is dead, someone forgot to tell Tuk Smith. He flies the flag for the genre in the same way as today’s rock idols have.

So it is only fitting he open for some of them – Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett will ‘introduce’ Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts via their upcoming US stadium tour.

Tuk produced and wrote the video, of which he explains “I think when people first hear the song they might not get its meaning right away. I wanted to create a narrative in the video that helped complement the lyrics. Having full creative vision as an artist is as rewarding as it is daunting. If something doesn’t pan out right there is no one to blame but yourself, but it’s the best feeling when your vision becomes reality. I had so many close friends and family act, be extras, and work on videos with me. I’m so lucky to have such a pool of talent and characters to pull from.”

Transcendent, two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, Evanescence, has released the official music video for their first new rock recording in eight years, The Chain (From Gears 5). Directed by frequent collaborator, P.R. Brown (My Chemical Romance, John Mayer, Green Day), the piece blends powerful, epic performance visuals with footage from the launch trailer for Xbox Game Studios’ Gears 5 from the massively popular Gears of War franchise. To emulate the aesthetic of Gears 5, a miniature set was constructed for the music video that parallels the dystopian environment of the game.

“The lyrics make me feel the power of standing together against great forces trying to pull us apart, perhaps even from the inside. I really wanted to drive that home in our version,” lead singer Amy Lee elaborates. P.R. Brown adds, “The goal of the video is to show the bond of this band as they deliver a powerful take on a classic song. The tie in with Gears 5 presented an opportunity to combine the game world together with the band performance in a post-apocalyptic setting. The band emerges from the ashes to come together. We wanted to bring these worlds together and feel both the force of the band and the game.”

Disaster accepts that life is chaotic and messy, and all we can do is keep moving. Over a wall of electric guitar, Bleaker singer Taylor Perkins sings with both angst and apathy, letting us know that sometimes it’s okay to feel bad.

In all this chaos, Perkins wonders what it would be like to be above it all–he identifies the urge we all have to “just want to drive away.” With its soaring choruses and dynamic changes, Disaster, is a true rock ballad that will speak to all audiences.

From Sophie Payten (Gordi):

Australia is on fire.

People are losing their loved ones, their homes and their communities. There have been irreparable losses to our wildlife and national parks. As in all times of tragedy, people are giving everything they can. The efforts of the Rural Fire Service, Red Cross and Wildlife Rescue are nothing short of heroic.

Yet we have a dormant political system that is watching our country dry up. These fires have fed on years of drought, on dry lifeless scrub. It is simply not an issue to debate – our country is heating from the climate crisis and now people are dying because of it. We cannot survive the inaction. We need our leaders to lead.

I come from a small farming community that is drought-stricken – Canowindra in rural New South Wales.

As a kid I remember my Dad taking the RFS truck that lives in our shed to neighbouring properties to help put out fires. The NSW Rural Fire Service is made up of volunteers and local farmers and right now they need all the assistance we can give them. 100% of all proceeds from this song (including from my labels Jagjaguwar and Liberation) will go to the RFS. It is called The Cost.

Norwegian band KVELERTAK have shared a second track from their upcoming new album Splid, which is set for release on February 14th via Rise Records.

Crack Of Doom features Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and is one of the first songs performed by the band in English. The group have also released the official video for the track.

KVELERTAK comment, “Ever heard of the Maya Apocalypse? Johannes Stöffler? Harold Camping? Are you afraid that the religious leaders, scientists, or the doomsday preachers may be right? Have no fear! They were all wrong. But now, KVELERTAK has come to prophesize Ragnarok, straight into your heart and soul. The Crack of Doom shines on us all!”

About Troy Sanders (Mastodon) being featured on ‘Crack of Doom’, they add, “We sent Troy a demo of the song because there were a couple of parts we felt would fit his voice very well and lift the song. Luckily he liked the track and was keen to do it. He got some scratch vocal tracks and some guidelines but was free to do it however he wanted. What we got back was even better than what we could hope for. We’re extremely proud to have him featured on this song, and with Troy being American it felt natural to just do the whole thing in English.”

Swedish classic/ progressive rock super group THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA features members from SOILWORK and ARCH ENEMY are releasing their new album, Aeromantic, on February 28 via Nuclear Blast. The band delivers the first video from the album titled Divinyls, which was directed by René U Valdes.

It is with great delight that I OH YOU share Dark Star, a cutting single about the murky depths of infatuation and the final track to drop from Jack River’s forthcoming Stranger Heart EP ahead of its release on Valentine’s Day (Fri 14 Feb).

Premiered last night via triple j Good Nights, and with a video premiere from Flood Magazine (US), Dark Star joins first single Later Flight and follow up piano ballad Closer, and sees River tap into long-past feelings and sing of the dark obsession underlying young love. When Rankin was 21 years old, she says she dreamed the bridge into being: “a racy, guitar-y, sentimental song that made you feel like you’re driving past your ex’s house”. Rankin imagined a song that replicated the feeling of “having your heart dragged through the room” while listening to Oasis. Pitched high, the sweetness of her voice betrays the desperate, wanting plea that grows out of a feeling of being abandoned or forgotten.

ALEXISONFIRE is starting 2020 with a bang. The band has just released a new song, Season Of The Flood, available to stream and purchase.

A seductive, hypnotic, seven-minute slow-burner anchored by haunting three-part harmonies and heavy reverb-filled guitars, the song notably features AOF’s George Pettit singing off the top for the first time. The track comes on the heels of Familiar Drugs and Complicit released last year, marking the first time the band released new music in almost 10 years.

“I’m very proud of this new song,” says Pettit. “There were some first time attempts for us and we all really came together in the studio to make this song what it is. This was also my first time singing with Dallas on a song. I know I’ve been playing in a band with Dal for almost 20 years, but damn, that guy’s voice could melt an angel.”

Love Fame Tragedy kick off the new decade in style with the release of latest single Riding A Wave, out now via Good Soldier Songs/AWAL. The track is the latest offering from The Wombats frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy’s solo project and the third from his sophomore EP Five Songs To Briefly Fill The Void, released February 2020.

Unveiled last night as Zane Lowe’s #WorldFirst on his Beats 1 show, Riding A Wave is an endearingly honest assessment of the emotional ride of being in a relationship. Never one to shy away from emotional vulnerability, Murph’s candid lyrics intertwine with slick indie hooks and an earworm of a chorus, forging arguably the project’s most infectious track to date.

“The lyrics are definitely the most personal i’ve ever written. I’m pretty sure anyway. It was recorded in London and took on several shapes before we landed on one that stuck.” Murph explains.

Rising UK rockers Sea Girls today release their rousing new single, Ready For More, and announce they’ve joined the Dew Process roster.

The new single, which premiered overnight as famed BBC Radio 1 Presenter Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World, is the latest cut from the band’s forthcoming new EP, Under Exit Lights, which is scheduled for release March 6th.

On the themes of the new single, Sea Girls’ charismatic lead singer Henry Camamile explains, “‘Ready For More’ is the bad apple of the EP. It looks and sounds sweet, but it’s basically staring into this abyss of nihilistic behaviour and being scared that I couldn’t change it. This song practically embraces the slippery slope I was on.”

Banoffee has shared the second single Count On You from her debut album Look At Us Now Dad out Friday 21st February via Dot Dash (AU/NZ/Asia) and Cascine (ROW).

Count On You, a full-throttle anthem fuelled by blasts of jagged synths and written at the peak of the MeToo movement, is a relentlessly upbeat declaration of solidarity with survivors.

The single comes with an uplifting video. As Banoffee describes: “This video was a thrill to make. My co-director Will Mcdowell and I had a pretty ambitious vision for the budget we had, and the lead up was just as hectic as our one shoot day. Training for the fencing scenes and practicing fencing inspired choreography was so much fun and like all my videos I was so happy to be showcasing friends and their skills through my work.

Loosely themed around the Lindsay version of “parent trap” this video aims to take some heavy subjects and speak about them in a light-hearted yet eerie way. Working out this balance was probably the hardest part, although falling into a frog and slug infested manky ass pond rivals it for first place. There was a lot of sweat, dirt and laughter involved in the making of this clip!”

Indie pop progenitors The Naked and Famous are set to triumphantly return in 2020 with the release of their much-anticipated new album Recover slated for May.

The duo shares their second single Bury Us, a dancefloor-ready slice of indie pop bliss that captures the energy and essence of the album. The song was recently featured in the US during halftime of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football game, garnering over 15 million viewers. ‘Bury Us’ follows their first single, Sunseeker, which recently hit #1 most played on triple j in Australia and added to local playlists such as Apple’s Heaps Indie and Jumpstart and Spotify’s Front Left, Indie Arrivals, Pop Edge and Indie Pop.

Dew Process is thrilled to announce Chicago indie rock outfit, Ratboys, will release their new album, Printer’s Devil, via the label on February 28, beginning with their brilliant new single, Alien With A Sleep Mask On.

One of the most electrifying bands we’ve been introduced to in a long time, Ratboys first nabbed our attention at SXSW in 2019 as one of the standout performers at a festival crawling with amazing live acts. Their charming ability to marry the worlds of jangly indie guitars, the heart-on-your-sleeve lyricism of country music, and the joyous bright spark of pop punk, makes them one of the truly unique voices in contemporary rock, and just a delight to introduce your ears to.

And they make that introduction with an exceptional new video for this new single as well, as they aptly blast their sound into outer space.

Trophy Eyes have released Figure Eight – the new single and first new music since 2018’s critically-acclaimed album, The American Dream.

On the meaning behind the song, lead singer, John Floreani, shared “Figure Eight is about time lost. It is the sound of a broken heart, the deafening silence of a couple once in love, and a fleeting dream told from two perspectives – one is of failure and the other of resentment.” Describing the couple, John continues, “The song is about a man who had given himself entirely, still desperately grasping at straws of success and a woman left to pick up the pieces of the reality.”

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