Friday, is it? Reeling from the death of worldwide treasure Grumpy Cat, are we? Have no fear, we’ve put together some of this week’s tightest bangers to get you back on top, big man. A playlist filled with hd hausmann, Tusks, LUME, Joesef, and Esya – the perfect soundtrack to your weekend.
hd hausmann – ‘Recognise Faces’
hd hausmann is the brainchild of Grasshouse vocalist Liam Palmer and bassist Alex Oates.
Currently gearing up to release their forthcoming third album Find A Weight, Form A Ground on 28th June via Panda Cassettes, today they share the first taste with fans.
‘Recognise Faces’ is filled with soothing, warm vocals and the multi-layered yet unadorned, the track draws inspiration from the poetry, poetics, and words.
On the inspiration, Palmer explained: “The starting point of most of the songs was a poem or a phrase, homage is paid to Mary Oliver, Sappho, Maggie Nelson, CP Cavafy, E.E. Cummings, and Lisa Robertson.”
Tusks – ‘Be Mine’
London-based indie artist Tusks is drumming up excitement for the fast-approaching release of her sophomore album with the launch of ‘Be Mine’ this week.
Reveling in the contrast of excited anticipation and tension of a burgeoning relationship, ‘Be Mine’ is driving, dynamic a stellar showcase of Tusks dreamy yet commanding vocals.
Check it out above, and read more about the inspiration behind the track below: “It comes from being in that initial stage of a relationship when you’re not sure what the other person is feeling and you’re excited but also nervous and I guess feeling a bit vulnerable all in one.”
Tusks’ highly-anticipated sophomore album, Avalanche, drops next month, 14th June.
Joesef – ‘Loverboy’
Boasting the credentials of a sell-out debut show, spins on Radio 1 and a die-hard social media following, it seems strange to say that ‘Loverboy’ is only Joesef’s second offering.
‘Loverboy’ stages the enigmatic Glasgow-based artist’s driving vocals with intricately textured production. Let yourself be serenaded with his unique blend of lo-fi pop and neo-soul above.
LUME – ‘Something Sweeter’
Brighton-based LUME has weaved in a real earworm on this release day. Swaying, dreamy and filled with addictive hooks, ‘Something Sweeter’ is a sultry new offering showcasing luxuriously layered vocals and dynamic melodies.
On the track, LUME explains: “The track daydreams about running away with one of my best friends to try to find a better life somewhere else. I was thinking about how the grass is always greener and that’s where ‘Something Sweeter’ came from.”
Esya – ‘Everything’
Esya of Savages and Kite Base fame is gearing up to release her latest EP, Absurdity of ATCG (I), on 24th May.
It’s the second in a string of self-released works delving into selfhood and the myriad manifestations of it.
The latest to be taken from the forthcoming release, ‘Everything’, is a churning of industrial electronica, described by Esya as: “The repetitious nature of hope in our lifetime, the hope that our lives will turn out the way we want. The hope that our desires and dreams will be fulfilled, reciprocated and sometimes we may lose or find ourselves throughout that process.”
Check out these tracks and more at the Music Crowns Spotify playlist.