Tuesday’s Five at 5. Straight from the Editor’s cans into yours. Tune in.
The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each day at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. NH7 Editor Arjun S Ravi takes over today. That’s what’s up.
1. Purity Ring – ‘Amenamy’
Purity Ring put out one of my favorite albums of 2012 – their debut Shrines. Even though the album produced five singles, it’s this non-single cut that really gets me. It’s the kind of inward-looking bedroom electronica that’s not just minimal synth lines and looped samples, but lush melodic soundscapes that can soundtrack much more than solitude.
2. Junip – ‘Line of Fire’
I first encountered Junip when they put out their excellent Rope & Summit EP in 2010 (following which we interviewed frontman Jose Gonzalez). The trio have had a fairly low-key last couple of years, but this new single (from a promised new album) is a great statement of intent. I only wish there was an appropriate moment in the TV series House where this song, like most of Gonzalez’ solo work as well, could fit in.
3. Foals – ‘Inhaler’
Goddamn you Foals. This single was released over two months ago, and there’s still about three weeks before their new album Holy Fire drops. I have rarely been this excited about a new album solely on the back of a lead single.
4. The Lightyears Explode – ‘Kunj Gutka’
I’ve been a fan of The Lightyears Explode ever since the burst on to the un-metal scene in the city a couple of years ago (in fact, it’s almost exactly two years ago that they won Channel V’s Launchpad contest). This track is listed as ‘Three Kills’ on the OST of the film David, but will be titled ‘Kunj Gutka’ on the band’s coming debut album after a friend of frontman Saurabh Roy. Like the popular ‘Garam Dharam’, it’s got the irresistible, frenetic urgency of young punk.
5. California X – ‘Sucker’
There’s something about sludgy guitar tones that, irrespective of how they’re packaged (from the stoner metal riffage of Baroness to the surf grunge of Dinosaur Jr), I find immensely compelling as a fan of guitar music. This opening cut from newbies California X’s debut album showcases them as the kind of sludgy punk band that don’t take themselves too seriously, with the kind of summer grunge vibe that early Smashing Pumpkins videos were all about.
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