Chartreuse have released new single “Only You”, the second single from their upcoming EP Is It Autumn Already?, set to be released on November 19th. This follows on from “Things Are Changing Too Quickly” released earlier in the year.
Chartreuse continue to be utterly entrancing in every aspect. The darkness that lies within their songs is something truly haunting and captivating at the same time. With melodies that roll over of crooning piano lines and cinematic violin sweeps, Chartreuse capture desperation and intoxication at its core. Fleeting from upbeat breakdowns to melancholic passages, you can never tell where they will shift to next. “Only You” is like driving a winding road down a dark lane at night, the hidden unknowns are lurking waiting to be uncovered by the beams of sound that pass over them.
LA-based post-punk outfit Cuffed Up have today shared new single “Canaries” alongside an accompanyign music video. The band have also announced their signing to Royal Mountain Records, home to Alvvays, Wild Pink, METZ and more.
Darting between chaotic sounds that were found all over the likes of Squid’s debut and blissful melancholy, Cuffed Up create a sound that juxtapose’s beauty with destruction. As the driving groove propels the track along and the guitars screech you can’t help but be encapsulated by the bands tumultuous sound.
The band explains that ““Canaries” is about going down a path that you know is wrong but you keep going because some form of shame is driving you. You’ve put warnings in place, but ignore them when they alert you of danger. Sometimes we become numb to the burdens we carry – “carrying the weight of stones/with pins to his bones” – like the sensation of needles when you cut off circulation. Eventually, we need to come to the realization that “truth is heavier than lies”, that it’s easier to roll over than fight your way out. In order to dig yourself out, you need to be vulnerable with yourself or else you’re just blindly accepting fate as is.“
Edinburgh indie outfit swim school have continued their streak of untouchably explosive singles with “anyway”, following on from “let me inside your head” and “outside“. The new single also comes along with the announcement of the bands debut EP making sense of it all, set to be released on August 13th.
Building with an immediate drive, the band glide in-between the realms of dream-pop, shoegaze and alt-rock on the new single. With its unrelenting chorus lines of emotional turmoil and driving groove swim school are quickly becoming the sound and voice of a generation. These guys are going to be headlining a festival when?
Speaking on the new single lead singer Alice Johnson said: “To maintain a healthy mental state, we are advised to talk to others about how we feel, but that can be easier said than done as certain people might not feel confident in opening up. For the lyrics in “anyway” I wanted to highlight how it may be difficult for people to simply open up to others. It’s challenging to try to explain an unexplainable feeling to someone and expect them to understand what they are going through when they don’t even understand it themselves“.
Swim School have today shared new single “Outside”, following on from “Let Me Inside Your Head”, released earlier in the year.
The latest single from the Scottish alt-rockers sees the band deliver untamed riffs, headbanging beats and a melody that oozes with a powerful control. Fans of Wolf Alice and Smashing Pumpkins will be sure to be turning this one up loud.
Speaking on the new single lead singer Alice Johnson explained:
“Outside is based on the negative impact the toxic people have on your mental health and the moment you realise how toxic they are.”
“It’s not until you step back from the situation, that you realise their use of manipulation such as gas lighting and dishonestly was actually destroying your mental health. It made you question everything you did and slowly ate away at your confidence leading to you being unhappy.
It’s about the challenge of finding the strength to cut toxic people out of your life and putting yourself, your happiness and your mental state first. It’s also about realising that toxic people will never change and that is not your responsibility to change them.”