You don’t need love today but you do need our Five at 5.
The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each weekday at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. Don’t get all mushy on straight-talkin’ Adwait Patil because he’s got five tunes to remind you that it’s Thursday and nothing more.
1. Skrat – ‘Big Bad Bombs’
Skrat have finally released their second record. Between Design and Bring Out The Big Guns, the band released a nice video as well. Skrat’s new record is a great record and personally, I think it’s much better than their 2010 debut. There’s a heavy, but not-so-heavy guitar chug on throughout the track and from what I’ve realized the band doesn’t believe in bleeding solos. The song’s just above three minutes and if anyone asks me what the Chennai scene is about, I’ll link them to this band.
2. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – ‘Holy Roler’
This is a folk/alternative rock band from San Francisco. The track has got a lovely groove to it but it’s basically Thao Nguyen the poet, strumming her banjo and being accompanied by a great bunch of musicians at the same time.
3. Beach Fossils – ‘Taking Off’
Beach Fossils is a low-fi/alternative rock band from New York, USA. ‘Taking Off’ is from their second record. The track has a great bass-line and the guitar work makes a very fuzzy soundscape. The track’s just above three minutes long and I really like the sonic structure/composition of the track. If your ears have had enough of heavy distortion, I recommend you listen to this.
4. Ex Cops – ‘The Millionaire’
Ex Cops are an alt/indie pop band also from New York. ‘The Millionaire’ is a track that just floats about. It opens with a sustained fuzz and moves with a simple drum beat. We’ve got the fuzz going, a steady drum beat and hazy vocals singing, ‘Here we are/Can’t remember why/It’s such a trip when you try’. The fuzz sustains throughout the track and the song sort of slows down everything around you.
5. Widowspeak – ‘Dyed In The Wool’
Widowspeak is an alt/indie rock duo which is the third New York band on this list. The guitar tones in the song are great, the rhythm section consists of a steady bass-line but not the best drum beat (but it isn’t bad either) and the music blends with Molly Hamilton’s soothing vocals to create a very calm sounding track.
Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.