Friday’s Finest is a weekly collaborative post between us at Turtle Tempo, It’s All Indie, Indie Central Music & Nexus Music Blog. Every Friday we pick a track that we have been loving with the post going up on one our respected blogs.
Dan from Turtle Tempo’s pick – Rowe – Daze
Daze signals a change in direction for singer-songwriter Rowe, the London-based artist’s new single has a haunting, dark undertone, it may be minimalistic however Rowe’s vocals shine brightly.
The song itself is influenced by a poem by Philip Larkin called Days, on her new release Rowe says “It’s about falling into days that feeling like they’re repeating and makes you question what these days are really for” on her change of sound, Rowe adds “It’s definitely a new chapter that I’ve wanted to explore for a while – but I’m still honoring my singer-songwriter roots.”
Fred from It’s All Indie’s pick: Austel – Now We’re Here
Austel is slowly but surely making a name for herself, and with the release a month ago of her latest single “How We’re Here” it’s just adding to the hype that already surrounds the artist. Speaking about the latest offering Austel says “[the song is] about the impact of toxic relationships” and goes on to say “It also touches on the idea that we as a society have grown so distant from each other, and ourselves. In an age where communication devices are practically glued to our hands”. Some hard hitting truths there, which is refreshing to see as too many artists and lyricists like to be too cryptic on what they’re writing about.
The track oozes lots of electro-pop mixed with some subtle psychedelic pulsating synths, which reflect well within the video (see below). Her vocals too are pitch perfect here, imagine Lauren Mayberry if she had more of a brooding vocal mixed with the ethereal tones of Florence Welch. As a singer-songwriter with a huge connection to her fanbase it will only be a short amount of time before more people latch onto Austel’s music and fall in love.
With shows alongside artists such as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and Fleet Foxes and critical acclaim from the likes of BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing and The Line of Best Fit already in the bag, it surely is time for Austel to be known more to the general public, so head on down and check out “Now We’re Here”.
Alex from Indie Central Music’s pick: Honeyblood – The Third Degree
Honeyblood recently celebrated the 3rd anniversary of their album Babes Never Die which got me reminiscing on their great tunes. They are no longer a duo as Stina Tweeddale takes the lead on the project following drummer Cat Myers’ decision to tour with Mogwai.
She first released ‘The Third Degree’ after her two-year haitus for her third LP In Plain Sight. She reflects on a toxic relationship over a gritty, punk-rock melody, and lands with neon-tinged visuals in a music video directed by Rianne White. Her song also features on the recently published ICM Sound of 2019 playlist and has just finished touring the new catalogue of tunes.
Michael from Nexus Music Blog’s pick: Pompadour – Cut To The Chase
Bristol based three piece Pompadour introduce themselves with their debut EP ‘Cut To The Chase’ like an action movie where the door gets blown off of its hinges. The shock wave of energy moving and connecting with each and every track. Accumulating in a showstopping offering in ‘Catch Me If You Can’. Vibrant, energetic and truly pulsating with a vibrancy that a band many their senior would be proud to call their own.
Founded in 2018 and consisting of Tamsin Sayers (vocals, bass), Kearney Day (guitar) and Toby Holbrook (drums). The band are ones to watch, whilst simultaneously being and act that you won’t forget.