Songs We Like 9/9

Songs We Like 9/9

I don’t know how large our Back to School audience is, but if you’re among that group, this is a good week for you. A huge amount of heavy bangers to get you motivated for pretty much anything. Don’t fancy that? There’s also Norwegian pop.

 

Architects – Doomsday

 

 

Having destroyed the mainstage at Reading and Leeds, Britain’s best band (and that’s no exaggeration) have explosively dropped a new track with absolutely no prior hints. After the death of lead songwriter (and one of my favourite guitarists) Tom Searle just a year ago, new Architects music was shrouded in mystery. Doomsday is right up there with each of their metalcore anthems; a song partially written by Searle and finished by his bandmates to delectable effect. Tom would most certainly be proud of this one – crank it. – Elliot

 

Being As An Ocean – Black & Blue

 

 

Sounding slightly akin to Mothers and Natures from 2014’s wonderful How We Both Wondrously Perish, Being As An Ocean link some powerful drumming, yelled spoken word and a hypnotic synthesised vocal sample to craft a truly beautiful new single from their upcoming record. And that’s certainly not a bad thing; BAAO have always been a huge part of the post-hardcore scene’s backbone, and their newfound experimentation of softening their sound gets a thumbs up here, even if they won’t “make Dear G-d again!” – Elliot

 

Ibeyi – Deathless (ft. Kamasi Washington)

 

 

Twin sisters and musical duo Ibeyi have a new record coming just around the corner, which will feature their bold and defiant new single, Deathless. The mildly discomforting video seems to fit the theme of the song, with both of them apparently being trapped in an endless cycle of rebirth. Very odd. Kamasi Washington provides restrained saxophone parts which swell during the chorus, lifting the powerful and often repeated chant “whatever happens, whatever happened / we are deathless!” – Stevie

 

Mastodon – Toes to Toes

 

 

Not content with just one release this year, the forever revered Mastodon return with their follow up EP to Emperor of Sand with another blend of crushingly vintage Mastodon rock/metal riffage, with the edge of accessibility to new listeners. Whilst starting off sounding like that song from the Matilda movie, the song bursts into finger-tapping glory, a catchy chorus chord sequence, and is topped with the best vocal cuts from Troy Sanders and Brent Hinds since their masterpiece Oblivion. Surpassing each track from the latest album (which was still their best for a while, by the way), Toes to Toes is one my best tracks of the year without a doubt. – Elliot

 

Primus – The Scheme

 

 

Some more wacky ‘goblin rock’ now, as Primus continue to market their conceptual release The Desaturating Seven, influenced by Italian children’s author and illustrator Ul de Rico’s ‘The Rainbow Goblins’. Primus’ longevity can perhaps be owed to Ler and Herb’s ability to consistently complement Les Claypool’s almost unrivalled bass mastery, and this track certainly proves that they’re still accomplishing the un-accomplishable. That’s not even a word, not that Primus would actually give a fuck. – Elliot

 

Sigrid – Plot Twist

 

 

This track is by no means ‘new music’ (it’s around two months old, apologies) but upon reflection, this smash-hit from Norwegian pop newcomer Sigrid is an absolute belter. With a voice that sounds as spiteful as it is enchantingly beautiful, Sigrid ramps up some vicious swagger, and is essentially pop’s answer to Yung Lean with fewer memes and less questionability. The chorus is to die for, making this my ‘twilight of summer’ tune that transforms the sound of modern club music into an enjoyable asset. Stay away, Avicii. Please. – Elliot

 

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