From a pop-folk singer with a dual nationality, to a Glaswegian electronic band, Getintothis’ Lorna Dougherty has collected hidden gems from far and wide for her first Unknown Pleasures.
Everybody is guilty of listening to a new song and pigeonholing the artist into a specific style or comparing them to a more familiar artist, for these three we ask you to listen and enjoy them as they come.
We commence with L.A’s Cherry Glazerr with Told You I’d Be with the Guys. It’s punchy, catchy and filled with slick riffs and slicker vocals from teenage lead singer Clementine Creevy. Since they first formed the band back in 2012, they have gone under a complete revamp; new members, a new sound, and signing to a new label. This grunge laced pop-rock track is just a snippet of their second album, Apocalipstick, which is set to be released this month.
Next up we have Spanish and Dutch singer Max Meser; an artist who crosses borders – literally and metaphorically. His sound is a modern-pop take on 50’s/60’s folk. He has embraced both cultures of his dual nationality; from the Costa Brava, formally living in Barcelona, he then moved to Amsterdam in his late teens – what a fitting name for his debut album, Change.
When listening it’s easy to compare him to Jake Bugg however, we feel, this is doing an injustice to Meser. The third track on his debut Hard to Say beautifully portrays his Spanish influences with a subtle use of castanets in the chorus.
And lastly, but definitely not least, is four piece electronic band Junto Club from Glasgow. Who bring to the dance-floor, Nothing Above, an off-kilter techno piece with sporadic synthesisers and heady electronic drums. To younger listeners it may sound like a new style, but to anyone of a certain generation it resembles an 80’s, early 90’s, post-punk new wave- yet as mentioned earlier to compare them to others makes listening more comfortable, but this bands bizarreness is something that should be embraced and appreciated as originality; something often difficult to find in new music.