The Song Of The Week is Headcase by Kailee Morgue and Hayley Kiyoko.
Lots of pop is in a strange place at the moment and right in the middle of it all there’s the welcome and necessarily rise in “we need to have a conversation about how we feel” occasionally leading to what feels like marketing departments, artists and even fans colluding in the unhelpful fetishisation of mental health issues. Kailee and Hayley get the balance just right on the bold but understated Headcase; “hold my hand, don’t touch” is quite the lyric.
(Unexpectedly this song interpolates Pixies’ 31-year-old song Where Is My Mind?.)
- August Eve should be required by law only to release music on July 31 but the back end of March will have to do. The LA-based songwriter (and producer) delivers a blinder with You Already Know.
- Norwegian producer Askjell is worth keeping your eye on; he’s already produced for Sigrid and Aurora and five-minute mini masterpiece Autumn, Autumn is a spectacular piece of music. Possibly best experienced with the video.
- Good old NIMMO.
- Further investigation is recommended regarding LPX (Falling To Fall is one of four songs on a new EP) and Brendan Maclean (whose Layer On The Love is part of debut album And The Boyfriends).
- Glowie‘s follow-up to last year’s highly brilliant Body has arrived! It’s officially ‘better than okay’.
- It would be interesting to hear what Marina imagined Orange Trees sounding like before it went a bit ‘Anne-Marie’, although maybe this was the plan all along. Who knows. (In case you missed it, a Krystal Klear mix of Handmade Heaven popped up last week.)