This Week In New Music (6th April 2013)

Some musicians poured their hearts out and some had weird slumber parties. Neu rounds-up the past seven days of new music.

As the days feel longer, it seems musicians have taken it upon themselves to become even more productive talents than before. Despite it being a four-day week, we’ve been completely inundated with new music. And most material leant on the dark side - perhaps reflecting the casual blizzards and sub-zero temperatures we’re sadly becoming accustomed to.

There was the odd glimpse of light, like Empress Of singing in Spanish, like Charli XCX having a slightly puzzling slumber party, if you can call it that. You can content yourself with the notion that someone out there’s having fun. Our picks from the past seven days below however err on the side of all-out misery. Or at least, every musician below makes songs that are heartfelt and true, and perhaps that’s why they standout to such a degree.

Gambles - Far From Your Arms

Matthew Siskin aka. Gambles has spent the past few months hinting that he had a song like this in his system. That’s not to dismiss everything that emerged prior to ‘Far From Your Arms’, but rarely will a song so simple hit so hard.

It’s the centrepiece of Siskin’s material to date; a tale of touring, seeing the world and missing the ones you love most. ‘You breathe my lungs / you keep me strong’ - the travelling man discovers his true voice while detached from all his home comforts.

Majical Cloudz - Childhood’s End

‘Childhood’s End’, which we pocketed as Track of the Week this time seven days back, looks like having quite the lifespan. Devon Welsh has never sounded as honest and unforgiving as this. It’s a dark song, one of the darkest he’ll ever write, without a doubt. But in getting something fierce and terrifying out of his system he’s also created a magnificent work.

The Emily Kai Bock-directed clip for this video is quite the contrast from the Grimes’ ‘Oblivion’ flick she also puts her name to. No dickish jocks and cheerleader routines to speak of here. Instead, Devon’s own Father, celebrated actor Kenneth Welsh, is the focus in a beautifully tragic clip, which shows a lost figure losing his bearings amid memories of happier times.


And then we move onto the most startling musical find in quite some time. Fossil - a guy who’s real name we’re yet to find out - is a man who’s telling a dramatic story in the most fascinating way imaginable. His voice - deep and distorted - takes the spoken word route, with songs by Pinback and Low backing his tales as scratchy samples within the storytelling.

He’ll talk about losing his kid, running away from home and not being able to forgive himself in highlight ‘The Times They Never Change’, a track from the new ‘Mexico City Midnight’ EP. The more you listen to Fossil the more you realise the substance that exists behind this project. Every lyric - however personal it is to its maker - is sharp as a dagger, relatable to every listener’s own tales of tragedy.