This week’s New Music Monday is slightly different as it comes to you from your music editor, Lorna Holland, as our regular NMM writer is off busily writing about blazers… Jamie will be back next week, but for now, here are three fantastic (and very varied) new tracks for you to put straight onto your Monday morning playlist!
Tom Odell – Magnetised
‘Magnetised’ is the first track taken from Tom Odell’s forthcoming album Wrong Crowd, due in June, and it’s easy to see why they chose this as the lead single. Driven by the strong beat and joined by a soaring chorus, this is a far cry from the raw emotion of his earlier songwriting. Yet this new direction works well, and ‘Magnetised’ is the perfect embodiment of the progression of sound we can expect from the new album.
Anybody else looking forward to June yet?
Cash + David – When You’re Lonely
I’m not usually a big fan of this sort of music, but the latest release from RnB duo Cash + David caught my attention. It instantly breaks moulds, escaping the RnB stereotype and casting itself as something that I can best describe only as ‘alternative RnB pop’.
‘When You’re Lonely’ is a slick and highly polished track. Its many layers blend perfectly, synonymous with the lyrics which speak of absence, loss, desire and, you guessed it, loneliness.
The music video is also worth a watch – apparently inspiration was drawn from sources as diverse as Pythagoras and Virginia Woolf’s A Room Of One’s Own – but regardless of that, the audio and visual complement each other brilliantly in the sparse, bleached landscape within the video.
Psychic Ills – Another Change
And now for our last track this week, something completely different in the shape of the latest single from psych-rockers Psychic Ills.
‘Another Change’ is the second single to be taken from their upcoming fifth record Inner Journey Out, and it continues to set the scene for what’s shaping up to be the band’s most personal, and diverse, album to date. Officially described as a ‘rousing psychedelic gospel number’, this track instead reminds me of the softer side of classic rock, though admittedly with a striking gospel influence.
From the teasers we’ve heard so far, Inner Journey Out is looking likely to be another hit for Psychic Ills.
What do you think of our picks this week? Let us know in the comments below!