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horizon daily (doing it for years now, actually) to stay in touch with
all new things sonically great and shares the results on a weekly
Check the 10 new rad cuts just
added to this rad 2023 playlist.
1. ‘Weather Warning’ by LEISURE FM (Poland-born / London-based)
Leisure FM are twins Milena & Weronika, born in Poland, who lived in Wales as
children and now calling South East London home. Driven by late-night contemplation
and experimental spirit, they started producing music in their bedrooms a few years
back to combat lockdown blues, alongside DJing regularly.
They just released one of the most notable debut EPs of 2023. Stream fables here.
Weather Warning is the opener and sets the tone for Leisure FM’s sensual and enigmatic sound. It’s a trippy vibe that circles around a bewitching beat and subtle guitar sparks. Midway, a surprising, 15-second classical strings/flute fragment comes on before that mesmeric beat returns. Magnetic piece.
2. ‘Fear Of Living’ by THE LEMONHEADS (US)
He co-wrote Fear Of Living last year, with the late
frontman Dan Lardner of NYC’s indie band QTY.
It’s a jangly jingle with Dando‘s
voice resonating quite low.
3. ‘Lunar Eclipse’ by THE VACCINES (London)
Lunar Eclipse is the 3rd shared single.
Another ridiculously catchy tune from these catchy tunesmiths.
Feel the heat.
4. ‘The Background’ by OK PANDA (Belgium)
The Background is the Belgian band’s 3rd single of the year. It highlights the challenges
of mental health and feelings of being lost in modern life. The single explores the inner struggle of a person who feels lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, through metaphors related to the film world, and who desperately tries to find his/her place in
a world that moves too fast.
Sonically bouncy guitars and the harmonies colored chorus create, despite the delicate content, a brisk and jaunty flow that seems to suggest that there’s still a light shining at
the end of the tunnel.
5. ‘Like That’ by THE RODA LITS (Belgium)
It’s been 5 years since this Belgian garage guitar indies released
their debut album Common Specimen/Indoor Mold.
But they’re back now, and they didn’t lose their electrical mojo nor their stompin’ swagger. Cracking drums, afire guitars and tense vocals are what you get. Don’t miss their return.
6. ‘Loverman’ by LOCAL BLOOD (Lithuania)
Local Blood is a dystopian post-punk band from Vilnius, Lithuania. They just released their 2nd, intriguing, eight-song album named Loverman revealing a multi-layered, even more mature, more complex sound. Thematically it reflects experiences of a man in the 90s, in the troubled Lithuania of that time. Stream/buy here.
The ominous guitar-riff/drum driven title track has both an impassionate and mysterious sonority mostly caused by the creepy vocals and grows in intensity along its eerie way.
7. ‘The Great Upheaval’ by “THE ALTER KRAKERS (Canada)
This loose, careening, ’70s rock ‘n’ roll inspired trio wrote this track, inspired by
The Great Upheaval Art Exhibitt at the AGO in Toronto, the song is told from the perspective of Russian/French painter Marc Chagal in the first verse “I made my
name as a painter; I helped create a new style, and we changed the landscape for a
while” and then Picasso in the second verse: “I’ll put your ass on a canvas, cut you
into cubes; they’ll know your name but never recognize you.”
Expect Mona Lisa to be part of a riff-roaring rock ripper.
8. ‘The Hard Way’ by JIANTS (Toronto, Canada)
Blending a love of 90’s alt-rock with modern indie sensibilities, Jiants
is a Toronto-based group led by ex-pro skateboarder Jesse Landen.
The uplifting title track is basically a classic ‘get your girl back’ song. It’s about realizing you have a special bond with someone and deciding whether to step forward with them or leave each other behind forever. It’s from the perspective of someone feeling uncertain but offering up their full commitment this time.
A frisky and captivating tune that your ears will embrace on the spot.
9. ‘Good Lookin’ Liars’ by THE BLIPS (Birmingham, Alabama)
This seasoned Alabama rock team just released their
2nd lonplayer, baptized Again. Stream it here.
I don’t know if ‘Good Lookin’ Liars‘ is an autobiographical song, but what I do now is that it has enough jangly riffs and a banging chorus beat that’ll boost your state of mind instantly. I suppose you know where to find the repeat button.
10. ‘In The Middle’ by RAVEEN (Montreal)
In The Middle is the first song these Canadians have released in over three years.
Lyrically, the song is a warning not to get too close. Written as one voice speaking to another, the song documents the feeling of desiring closeness while nonetheless knowing that you are changing and evolving. This song tries to provide a snapshot of the emotions we feel in those moments when love and growth fight for dominance in our lives.
It’s an intimate, vulnerable, yet tender musing that brought
the touching voice of Perfume Genius to my mind.
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