New Music Friday Grian Chatten

New Music Friday | Featuring ‘Fairlies’ by Grian Chatten

Whilst attention might be focussed this weekend on a little-known event in London, there’s still been plenty of tunes worthy of giving a moment to – from the likes of The New Pornographers, Fireboy DML, Coach Party, Prima Queen and Tom Grennan.

Grian Chatten – Fairlies

Just when we were hoping the release of his debut solo single ‘The Score’ would mark the beckoning in of an album, Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten goes and announces he will indeed be releasing a full solo album. Chaos For The Fly is set for release on 30 June via Partisan Records. And what’s more, the record has received the additional work of Dan Carey on the record – the same producer behind Fontaines D.C.’s excellent Skinty Fia

Fred Again.., Brian Eno – Secret

Announced earlier this week, and released via Four Tet’s Text Records label, Fred Again.. And Brian Eno’s joint album Secret Life is a beautiful ambient affair; combining the in-demand producer’s love of sampling with the seasoned pioneer’s deft hand.

The New Pornographers – Turn

Canadian indie-rock stalwarts The New Pornographers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their sophomore album, Electric Version, with a limited-edition blue vinyl reissue. They’ve also, rather wonderfully, given their track ‘Turn’ – originally a Japan-only bonus track ­– its streaming service debut.

Prima Queen – Hydroplane

Prima Queen consists of Louise Macphail and Kristin McFadden, who aren’t just best friends but share a penchant for touching lyrical storytelling, each one supporting the other in their precise wordplay. The result is a number of tunes that are relatable for the very reason of being so specific to the pair’s lives. Their debut EP, Not The Baby, provides a worthy entrance into that – as does our chat with the pair earlier this week

Hanna Ögonsten – Kick Off My Shoes

Born in a suburb outside Stockholm, Hanna Ögonsten taught herself guitar, piano and production and now releases spacious alt-pop. Whilst her new EP, ‘have you seen my mind ‘cause I’ve lost it’ delves into aspects of punk and indie-rock, its sonic bedrock lies in the gorgeous sounds of ‘Kick Off My Shoes’. 

Fireboy DML – Someone

Perhaps best known for his hit ‘Peru’ in collaboration with Ed Sheeran, which topped the chart in 22 countries, Fireboy DML is clearly just getting started. The Lagos artist (whose real name is Adedamola Adefolahan) has another glorious tune out this week, with ‘Someone’ also arriving with a new video where the singer gets to show his acting credentials with a little cameo. 

Hot Face – dura dura

When something’s released via revered label Speedy Wunderground, it’s worth taking notice. The London-based indie, spearheaded by producer Dan Carey alongside Alexis Smith and Pierre Hall, is 10 years old this year. Hot Face’s new track ‘dura dura’ add’s to the label’s impressive single releases. Fuzzy, angst-ridden and soaking up all the drippings of a live recording, it’s a terrific intro to this mysterious London outfit. 

Coach Party – All I Wanna Do Is Hate

Our favourite Isle of Wight band (sorry, Wet Leg – it’s only because we’ve had the pleasure of speaking to them) haven’t just released a new track this week, but have shared news of their greatly anticipated debut album, Killjoy. Ever-willing to blow off some steam beneath stinging riffs, ‘All I Wanna Do Is Hate’ builds on the band’s previous single that bears a similar theme, ‘Micro Aggression’. It arrives ahead of Coach Party’s support of Queens of the Stone Age later this year.

Hemlocke Springs – Sever The Blight

With her soaring lyrics and melodramatic air, it’s not hard to suss why North Carolina’s Hemlock Springs has picked up comparisons to Kate Bush. The moniker of Isimeme Udu (aka Naomi), Hemlock Springs follows up the TikTok hit ‘Girlfriend’ and synth-heavy single ‘Stranger Danger!’ with new 80s’-sounding ‘Sever The Blight’

Bricknasty – Ducks Ina Row

For anyone heading down to The Great Escape festival next week – Brighton’s premier showcase of all the buzzy bands – get yourselves down to see Bricknasty. The Dublin outfit have recently signed to UK label FAMM, which is also home of the likes of Jorja Smith, Enny and Maverick Sabre. Their fellow labelmates make a lot of sonic sense, given this isn’t your usual boisterous blokey outfit, but offer a sound that traverses jazz, neo-soul, RnB and more besides. ‘Ducks Ina Row’ comes ahead of their debut EP, Ina Crueler, set for release on 7 June.

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