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What We've Been Listening To This Week...SUUNS, Document, Modern Nature and Sidetracked
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Well that was a mad week wasn’t it? £30bn bail out package, everyone who can home working, more panic buying, bars, restaurants, pubs and schools shutting – you couldn’t make it up could you? Nishant Joshi of the Palpitations made his way into the Guardian too, outlining the extent of the crisis from a NHS perspective. We still have our music though.
Our week began listening to an interview with Human Pet on Boogaloo Radio for Hard of Hearing Music, where we heard Suuns for the first time with a track called translate. Turns out that Human Pet are friends with the excellent the Eskimo Chain, whose lead singer draws inspiration from Suuns own vocalist. Anyway, hearing Translate was enough to for us to dig deeper into Sunns back catalogue which is all rather splendid, apart from one track from their latest album where the vocals do that horrible Cher/Daft Punk thing. Its not new music, but it is good music.
The big new release this week was the debut EP from Document ‘A Camera Wanders All Night. The band impressed us with their debut Pity and its follow up The Spy Who Came in From The Cold (both of which feature on the EP) and the other three tracks here are also excellent. There are shades of original post punk bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, Bauhaus and Joy Division as well as newer influences such as Protomartyr, and the band are definitely one to look out for in the future. You can read more about the EP and there’s an interview with the band here.
On the new singles front, Modern Nature have followed up their beautiful debut album ‘How to Live’ with a new song ‘Flourish’ taken from their forthcoming album ‘Annual’ out in June. Flourish is languid, laid back and jazzy and like the album, effortlessly cool.
Finally, promising Portsmouth band Sidetracked have just released their debut single called City. City sounds like a cross between Suedehead by Morrisey, Radio Free Europe by REM and something by the Coral. Its upbeat indie pop, and we all need something to raise our spirits at the moment given this bloody virus!
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