Things We Froth

FROTH OF THE DAY: FORTUNES – FOCUS

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Fortunes have graced us with another track called Focus and yea, it’s not bad…. OK I lied it’s sick! Considering these two lads have only been working together since 2015, it’s pretty amazing to hear what they have come up with so far.

Their latest track proves that the Melbourne based duo have been putting in some serious work. Focus feels cleaner and more refined than what we have seen from Fortunes in the past. The combination of synth and piano melodies intertwining with a soft, heartfelt electronic drumbeat enables Conor (the vocalist), to really pour his heart out and show off his remarkable vocal range. Focus is a nice change of pace from their last single, 501’s (give it a listen!), which came out at the tale end of 2016 which similarly addresses the relatable topics of lovesick adoration. Whilst we will have to wait until April 28 for Fortunes forthcoming EP Undress, we have two bona fide bangers to focus on for the time being.

FROTH OF THE DAY: CHASTITY BELT – DIFFERENT NOW

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Chastity Belt. Need I say more? Perhaps I should as the context with which this term is used is rather important. If you’re already a fan of these Seattle post- punkers, than it would come as no surprise if I told you their latest single, Different Now is dope! Since they burst onto the scene back in 2013, Chastity Belt have maintained their reputation as a band that exhibits scrupulous musicianship through the cohesive sound they have developed over the last 4 years.

The second time I listened to Different Now (which was less than 5 minutes after I heard it for the first time), I thought, “this would make for a really nice instrumental” due to the fluid groove that CB set in motion in the intro. But the lyrics lend some really raw emotion to the song, helping build momentum for a climactic finish which will have you screaming “yea its different now!” The video is pretty cool too as the band lug their gear to a pretty miserable beach (that I assume is somewhere in Washington) to rock out on the shore and dance around a campfire.

I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone will mark Chastity Belt’s 3rd full length album and is set for release on the 2nd of June.  

FROTH OF THE DAY: ALEX G – BOBBY

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Alex G is a master of disguise (no reference to that shitty movie that came out in the early 2000s). There is somewhat of a mystical allure to the way in which the Philly artist approaches music. G- rather uniquely- is able to establish himself within a genre and then without warning, jump ship and explore a completely different sound. His latest single is no exception. Bobby is a daring exploration of country music that I’m sure any bloke with an Akubra or pair of RM William boots would give the proverbial nod to.

Alex G sets the scene early as an acoustic guitar and lightly plucked banjo accompany a sharp whiney violin that is synonymous with that country music. The beautifully crafted soundscape serves as the perfect backing track for the vocal harmony between longtime collaborator Emily Yacina and G. The video is also worth a thumbs up for its quirky, cartoony visual display of such a heartwarming song .

Bobby is one of two singles available now off G’s forthcoming LP Rocket, due May 19. 

FROTH OF THE DAY: THE DRUMS – BLOOD UNDER MY BELT

Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

If you asked me last week whether I’d ever say “The Drums are back, HOT DOG this is HOT SHIT”, I would laughed in your face and probably deleted you from Facebook. To be honest, I fell out of love with the post-punk via summer vibes of The Drums after album number one – and even though that probably wasn’t the smartest idea, as Portamento had some serious jams – I still never felt like I was going to fall back in love with Jonny Pierce. But here we are and here I am saying that The Drums are back, HOT DOG this is HOT SHIT. You know what, maybe this song was written about me and my lack of feelings for his project in the past? Like, Pierce does sing “what does it take, for you to believe that I have changed” and “I still love you, I love you, I still do”, that’s gotta be it.

My bullshit aside, ‘Blood Under My Belt’ is a truly refreshing sound and really seems to act as a reincarnation for Pierce as The Drums. It’s packed with emotion, rolling out of his mouth like a plea to his loved one – whilst being soundtracked with some beautifully lo-fi tinged instrumentation. The hazy layering towards the end of the track is truly noteworthy; and when combined with its fast paced nature, you can’t help lose yourself in Pierce’s tale. Long live The Drums.

‘Abysmal Thoughts’ is out June 16 via Anti-

FROTH OF THE DAY: NO VACATION – MIND FIELDS

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

No Vacation are a dream-pop/lo-fi act coming out of San Fran. After a pretty sketchy year where this young and relatively unknown act actually called it quits, they are back with a pretty beaut new single. The newbie, ‘Mind Fields’ sounds sweet, that’s literally the best way I can put it. There are very calm, almost whispered vocals, accompanied by smooth, layered, hazy instrumentation. Those are literally all of the keys to a ‘sweet’ song. In terms of it’s themes, the band have said it’s“an ode to breakups inspired and written during No Vacation’s year-long hiatus. It has a tinge of nostalgia, but at the same time, an air of hopefulness for the future.” A perfect self-reflection for an incredibly promising band, that may not be here right now – and perhaps without this thought process, we’d be missing something beautiful from our lives today. #deep #nevergiveup #dreambig

Expect a debut LP from No Vacation in June via Topshelf Records.

FROTH OF THE DAY: LONELYSPECK – SETTLE

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by admin

If you haven’t ‘met’ (for lack of a better word) Lonelyspeck yet, this is literally the best time. With their second EP dropping at the end of the week, we have been graced by ‘Settle’ – a quick fire single that just doesn’t feel fast or like a single. The latest follows up two truly gorgeous tracks, and once again takes listeners to another part of the psyche of Lonelyspeck. For ‘Settle’ we’re welcomed slowly, as Sione Teumohenga. whispers along to soft bursts of warm synths, as it progresses, sharp percussion, powerful bass whirl around the room – before they really let everything go, a wild array of brightness. An aural representation of rainbow filled sunshowers (sounds lame, but come on, you can see it!). Then, it’s done. The playlist ticks over and you’re not sure anything will top the feeling you have for the rest of the day. That’s the way Lonelyspeck will make you feel, overwhelmed, in the best way possible.

Lonelyspeck’s Lave EP is due March 3 via TEEF. Preorder here.

FROTH OF THE DAY: THUNDERCAT – WALK ON BY (FEAT. KENDRICK LAMAR)

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Thundercat and Kendrick Lamar should do us all a favour and release an album together. Having collaborated on Kendrick’s album, To Pimp a Butter Fly back in 2015, it seems only fair/natural that Kendrick has returned the favour and jumped on Thundercat’s new soulful track, ‘Walk On By’. The song in discussion rests amongst 22 other tracks that make up Thundercat’s most recent LP, Drunk (That’s right…23 tracks!). Drunk also boasts features from Flying Lotus and Pharrell, which, as I’m sure you can imagine, made it very difficult to decide what to froth on.

‘Walk On By’ is perfect for a sunset on a Sunday evening. Laced with the rhythmic ambience that Thundercat creates with his trademark wobbly bass and peculiar programming, you can relax and reflect on the week gone. That is until Kendrick interrupts; making you listen, as he always does to his short-lived verse that zips through the track thus perking you up and preparing you for the week ahead. With that said, ‘Walk On By’ sounds pretty good on a Tuesday too.


Drunk is available on all streaming services. 

FROTH OF THE DAY: HOMESHAKE – EVERY SINGLE THING (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

Ooh, I needed a good excuse to talk about this track. Ya know, it’s like a few months old now. But now, it has a snazzy new video and is therefore acceptable to be included in a new music release blog. For those out of the loop, ‘Every Single Thing’ is the lead single from Homeshake’s delightfully blissed out third LP, Fresh Air. An ode to being so completely overtaken by the thoughts in your head (which I can definitely #relate to), it’s a smooth affair, with bubbling bass and trademark wonky synths. For the vid, old mate Peter Sagar is absent (probably because it was shot in Taipei) – with Taiwanese dancers Wen hao Chang and Ning Han (and their cute as hell lil’ dog) taking ‘center stage’ (haha, that’s a dancing joke guys). Their subtle, refrained movements reflect the relaxed momentum of the track itself, their strangely romantic swaying the perfect match for this off-kilter slow-jam.

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Fresh Air is out now via Sinderlyn Records.

FROTH OF THE DAY: METHYL ETHEL – L’HUERE DES SORCIÈRES

Posted on: February 24th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

It’s so rewarding to see an unique Australian band with an unique sound taking off. D.D Dumbo is doing it, as is Gabriella Cohen, and I’m a firm believer that Methyl Ethel deserve to sit on this list. Although their debut LP, was acclaimed like hell in Aus and shot them across the world – it’s tastes like ‘L’Heure des Sorcières’ that for me are cementing their true place as a completely unique act. It was always going to be hard to back up the pulsating jam laden, ‘Ubu’, but here we are. The new single (which a title I can’t be effed retyping), may not hold the same ear worm tendencies of “Why you’d have to go and cut your hair?” – it makes up for it by demonstrating the same seductive lyrics, with the bonus of some utterly smooth and dark instrumentation. With synth lines and keywork that wouldn’t feel out of place in one of the darker moments for Metronomy and beats that are reminiscent of similar dance punk bands of the late 2000’s – it all works in juxtaposition with their higher pitched vocals and psychedelic elements. It’s an odd thought, but the result is a seriously brill take on pop. ‘Unique’ seems to be my word of the day now, and it’s all because of this intelligently created song.

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Everything is Forgotten is out March 3 via Dot Dash/4AD

FROTH OF THE DAY: HER’S – SPEED RACER

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

Don’t you love a song that truly packs a punch? This new one from Liverpool’s Her’s is punchy as hell and guaranteed to give you the pick me up you so desperately need. This is now the fourth track we’ve been gifted from this sublime two-piece, and whilst their previous works have been built as slower, lo-fi ballads (all freakin’ brilliant by the way) – ‘Speed Racer’ injects pace and upbeat rhythms from the get go. The instrumentation seems to be a modern-day take on swing, with bubbling bass and a clap-along stretch of percussion – all wrapped up in hazy guitars that would make Mac daddy DeMarco jealous. And whilst the lyrics still based in the love-struck world we know them for, they are shot out in a way that almost doesn’t give the story time to breath. They’re still so sultry that I’m sure the band would win over whoever it is they plead with to “let me love you tonight”. This is an act worth keeping an eye on in 2017.

Songs Of Her’s is out May 12 via Heist Or Hit.