Best Tracks Of The Week (15-22/10/17)

Contributions from Gregor Farquharson (@grgratlntc), Will Sexton (@willshesleeps& Liam Menzies (@blnkclyr)

Lewis Capaldi – Mercy

Lewis Capaldi is back: the young musician’s rise to fame has been nothing short of amazing, and his latest EP and this track just go to show why. His strong vocals and songwriting abilities are on full show on this meaningful, a track that is nothing short of being beautiful. The rest of the EP isn’t much different, acting as a powerful statement of how big a role the singer has played in making the Scottish acoustic scene something worth getting invested in.

Wy – Hate To Fall Asleep

Never judge a book by its cover but if said cover has a girl crying white gunk, expect it to have some sort of emotional resonance with you: step in Wy, hitting out with a debut LP submerged in worrying thoughts. Hate To Fall Asleep is one such track that follows the album’s mantra of feeling pretty shitty, showcasing the luscious, aching vocals of Ebba as she struggles to “see the great in everything”. The quaky, borderline lo-fi guitar that accompanies to leave you feeling that things are far from okay – sometimes that’s okay.

joji – will he

George Miller has finally arrived with his first official single from his first EP (In Tongues) coming to all ears around the world on the 2nd Of November. The song is gorgeous: dark, gloomy, sexy and spacious, it’s everything that Joji has been building up too over the last couple of years and the hype is truly here. The production on this track seems slicker and more finished than the last two tracks he has released on Soundcloud this year. Fans of his internet show persona Filthy Frank and people who have been following him for years are fully anticipating the rest of this EP – beyond excited.

Bully – Spiral

Appearing on their debut LP, Bully have been generating a lot of buzz and tracks like Spiral justifies why: raspy, powerful vocals from Alicia Bognanno are captivating from the get-go and the romantic narrative keeps things interesting, making it pretty easy to find yourself going back to this track again and again. We’ll keep hush hush on our verdict of their album as a whole but for the meantime, Bully seem to be finding their footing very early on.

Bearcubs – Do You Feel

While there’s been a lot of aggression shown in this week’s selection, Bearcubs manages to calm things down with his chilling new track Do You Feel. Extremely meticulous and charming, this song has a bunch of lovely wee quirks that seem to rear their head at random intervals which you may or may not notice on your first listen. From the washed out back up vocals to the tropic instrumentals to the synthesised chirping, Bearcubs pack some angst but doesn’t let it overshadow the hard work that is on show.

Ty Segall – Meaning

We all know he has a ridiculous output at this point but that only makes the fact that Ty Segall can still keep us interested all the more remarkable. On Meaning, we get some frantic guitar playing that segways us into digital drum armageddon a la Death Grips, a moment that comes totally out of left field. Instead of being followed up by MC Ride yelling, we get Segall’s wife Denee to show off her lovely pipes, the instrumentals giving off a punky vibe in its purest form. It’s a total fucking racket and combined with what Denee is singing, it wouldn’t surprise us if this was a cathartic experience.

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