Friday, 21 January 2022

NEW #41 Amelia Moore

 

Today there’s a new addition to the Breaking More Waves NEW list; Amelia Moore. She’s an artist that makes the sort of edgy pop that sounds like the future, only in the here and now. 

If this is the future it also looks like condiments and sauces could play a big part; after all Amelia’s debut single from late last year was titled sweet and sour (yes it has the almost obligatory modern stylings of using no capital letters) and now her new one, released today and featured on this weeks' Breaking More Waves New Music Weekly Playlist (here), is called vinegar. If the next one is called mayonnaise or ketchup then we’ve got her sussed, right? 

Besides the sauciness it also seems that Amelia is a big fan of the most under rated of colours – orange. ‘Orange universe loading’ says her bio on Spotify alongside a playlist with tracks by Rex Orange County and Blood Orange called Orange Only. It doesn’t take a genius to guess the colour of her hair, even without the picture above. 

Now to the songs. The music that makes up sweet and sour shows how perfectly the tune is titled. It’s a mix of angelic honey coated modernism but there’s also a darkness, particularly in one of the dirtiest, minimal breakdowns you’ve probably heard for some time. It’s a moment to turn up really loud and make your neighbours wonder what the f*ck is going on next door. “I’m an angel till you cross the line, good girl but I’m doing time,” she sings. 

New song vinegar, out just a few hours ago might have elements of a standard mid-tempo ballad, but the chorus sways towards the leftfield in an agreeably synthetic manner as Amelia sings: "Vinegar pour it in my body, where it hurts like a pity party." 

It’s very early days for this artist, but to paraphrase a very old-school mobile phone network advert - her future seems bright, the future’s orange. 

Amelia Moore - sweet and sour

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Sunday, 16 January 2022

NEW #40 - Tits Up

 

The last month or so has seen pretty much every music publication give a run-down on their predictions for 2022; from buzz bands to future hip-hop stars to the next Ed Sheeran wannabe. The crystal balls have been out in full force. Breaking More Waves was no exception, posting an annual Ones to Watch list in the later part of December and early November (here), mirroring the idea of the BBC Sound of list by choosing just 10 artists – albeit the lists choices only matched with one act (Wet Leg), albeit two of the artists on the BBC list (Yard Act and Baby Queen) appeared on the Breaking More Waves list a year earlier in 2020 – hence allowing a gentle brag that Breaking More Waves is still ahead of the game.

Now that hype season is over, it’s time to get back to introducing a bunch of new exciting artists. Some may eventually reach the dizzy heights of pop stardom, whilst others will release a couple of songs that burn brightly and then fade away. That’s how pop works. That’s also how Breaking More Waves works. It’s not about finding the next big thing, it’s about highlighting the good stuff. Often the good stuff doesn’t stick around forever – but sometimes we’ve just got to enjoy it whilst it lasts.

Let’s kick things off with Tits Up. A brand new band from Liverpool who released their debut EP on January 1st 2022.

Tits Up are Evie (vocals and bass), Jess (guitar) and Amanda (drums). They do speed punk with a slap of Riot Grrrl and rowdy old fashioned rock n roll. It’s direct, it’s frenetic it’s fierce. They are the sort of band that will probably have audiences throwing their sweaty bodies around in tiny clubs. The tunes are energetic and in your face, the vocals shouty and guttural and you can find 5 of them on the aforementioned pun(k)tastically titled debut EP Greatest Tits.

Given the way that some part of society tends to think of / be offended about certain body parts, Tits Up are probably not going to be mentioned on the radio that much. The band admitting as much on Twitter: “No one’s allowed to say our name on radio and we have one radio friendly song. We didn’t think this through did we. Smashing it,” they tweeted recently. Of course, there’s a whole debate to be had there about why the word tits is often censored and yet other bands with names that include body parts aren’t. Is it about sexualisation – well if it is I don't see the band Feet not being named and some people have a foot festish.

Tits Up are the sound of straight-up no-bullshit raw DIY music. Gig promoters – you’d better have good security in place when they play Get Ya On, a sneering 100mph riot of a track, as bodies could be flying. However, there is a measure of respite on Baby which starts with a slower trippy rock groove before exploding with a throat wrenching squall. Macho Bullshit meanwhile gives a big clue to its lyrical nature in its title, the chorus ringing out: “Your Macho Bullshit don’t fool me, your macho bullshit is kinda cringey.”

Tits Up are far removed from the world of hype lists and end of year Ones to Watch polls. But if you like your music unprocessed and unapologetic, tune into their world.

Tits Up - Get Ya On

Friday, 31 December 2021

Thirty Favourite Singles of 2021

 

My final end of year list…posted as it should be done, at the end of the year.

These are my favourite 30 singles of 2021. Which to be honest look very similar to the 30 songs I’ve streamed the most on Spotify from this year, especially the top 10.

But that’s how it should be, right? The songs you love the most should be the ones you play the most. It would be odd to listen to a song once, declare your love for it and then never listen again.

Here they are.

Favourite 20 songs of 2021

1. Wet Leg – Chaise Longue

2. Lorde – Solar Power

3. Little Simz - Introvert

4. Chvrches – How Not To Drown (featuring Robert Smith)

5. Pearl Charles – Only For Tonight

6. Glume – Get Low

7. Vlure – Shattered Faith

8.     Olivia Rodrigo - Drivers License

9. Easy Life - Skeletons

10. Self Esteem – I Do This All The Time

11. Wet Leg - Wet Dream

12. Mette – Petrified

13. English Teacher – R & B

14.   Moyka - Illusion

15. Wolf Alice – Smile

16. Ashnikko – Deal With It (featuring Kelis)

17. Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over The Country Club

18. Jorja Smith – Addicted

19.   Danielle Durack - There Goes My Heart

20. Holly Humberstone – The Walls Are Way Too Thin

21.   Jungle - Keep Moving

22. Griff – Black Hole

23.   Aurora - Cure For Me

24.   Jessica Luise - Nice Try

25.   Coach Party - Everybody Hates Me

26.  Wet Leg – Too Late Now

27.   Emilia Tarrant - Honeymoon Phase

28.   beabadoobee - Last Day On Earth

29.   Little Simz - Woman (featuring Cleo Sol)

30.   Gabriels - Bloodline

Want to hear them all (or just some of them?)

You can find a Spotify playlist of the whole top 30 by clicking this link. The top 3 also stream below.

Have a happy New Year. The blog will continue next year in much the same way as this year, with the occasional new music post. However, the intention is to also post some live reviews of gigs or festivals rather than just the odd tweet about the shows as I do now. (Although if you want to see what I tweet you can follow me here)

Wet Leg - Chaise Longue


 

 Lorde - Solar Power

Little Simz - Introvert

Monday, 20 December 2021

Thirty Favourite Albums of 2021

 

Without any further ado, here is the 2021 Breaking More Waves albums of the year list.

The thirty records I’ve enjoyed the most. 

I don’t normally publish this till December 31st but given that I am now certain I won’t be listening to any new albums till January and that my feelings for these records are highly unlikely to change, I’m breaking my own rules and putting it out there a tiny bit early.

As usual with me the list contains some records you’ll see on a lot of end of year lists, some you’ll see on a few and maybe a handful that you’ll only see on this one.

Ideally, I’d keep the list to 10 but there’s been an awful lot of stuff I’ve enjoyed this year, so 30 it is.

Thank you particularly to Pearl Charles. Magic Mirror might have been released right at the start of 2021, but I fell in love with it early and it has stayed with me throughout. From the opening song Only For Tonight, which makes me want to suggest that everyone should be having one-night stands if they end up making such Abba-esque glitterball pop like this, to the closing soulful jam of As Long As You’re Mine, it’s an album full of hazy 70s sunshine-radio referencing tunes sung with a voice so golden and calming that you could quite easily believe nothing is wrong with the world. Never ever did I think that my favourite album of any year would sound, in places, like The Carpenters. But there you go. Music is a funny old thing and you never know what journeys it will take you on.

Thirty Favourite Albums of 2021

1st Pearl Charles – Magic Mirror

2nd Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure

3rd Warrington Runcorn New Town Development Plan – Interim Report, March 1979 

4th Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend

5th Jungle – Loving In Stereo

6th Hannah Peel – Fir Wave

7th Ashnikko – Demidevil

8th Poppy Ackroyd – Pause

9th Bicep - Isles

10th Mogwai – As The Love Continues

11th Lorde – Solar Power

12th Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

13th Sault – Nine

14th Glume – The Internet

15th Hamish Hawk – Heavy Elevator

16th Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams

17th Warrington Runcorn New Town Development Plan – People & Industry

18th Chvrches – Screen Violence

19th Black Country, New Road – For The First Time

20th Sedibus – The Heavens

21st Celeste – Not Your Muse

22nd Olivia Rodrigo – Sour

23rd For Those I Love – For Those I Love

24th Arab Strap – As Days Get Dark

25th Joy Crookes – Skin

26th Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

27th Salt Ashes – Killing My Mind

28th AvaWaves – Chrysalis

29th Natalie McCool – Memory Girl

30th Easy Life – Life’s A Beach

Pearl Charles - Only For Tonight