Picks Of The Week 6

This week has been a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and I like to think the music reflects that. This week we have a couple of previously selected musicians returning to the feature, alongside other musicians that took a lot of digging to find. So after a good week of searching the darkest corners of the internet, I give you this week’s picks of the week:

1. Michael Rocket – The Pictish Trail

Courtesy of the band's facebook page.

Genre: Folk-Rock; Shoegaze; Chillwave

The Pictish Trail are a sublime blend of shoegaze, chillwave and folk and ‘Michael Rocket’ showcases this is fantastic fashion. With atmospheric vocals, twinkling synths and reverb-drenched guitars, the song showcases everything that makes The Pictish Trail stand out. And they don’t take themselves too seriously, which is always a nice thing. Just look at the above picture and their Facebook page…enough said.

You can listen to ‘Michael Rocket’ here.

2. Foreign Languages – Young Runaways

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.

Genre: Indie; Alternative; Folk-Rock

This is another (as yet) unreleased gem of a track by Young Runaways. ‘Foreign Languages’ sees the band adopt a darker electric sound and become a little less folk-rock, a little more rock and roll. Yet despite this slight change in style, the song is still undeniably a Young Runaways track – rich in the harmonies and subtly dark lyrics that have come to be associated with the band.

You can listen to the track here.

3. The Ballad Of The Cowards – Chris Wallbank And The Cowards

Courtesy of the band's facebook page.

Genre: Indie

Another fantastic track by Chris Wallbank And The Cowards. With catchy lyrics and instrumentation that is directly borrowed from ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky’, this song easily works its way into your head and refuses to leave. This song has, in fact, been residing in my head for weeks now. And, when you listen, it will do the same to you. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

You can listen to the track here.

4. Space Jam / I’ll Take You There – Kyle Thomas

Courtesy of the musician's soundcloud.
Genre: Instrumental; Funk-Rock; Soul-Rock

This is the first time that I’ve ever been so torn between two tracks by a musician that I’ve had to include them both. Kyle Thomas is a (now deceased) one man jam band who hailed from Charlottesville, Virginia. And before any assumptions are made, these tracks were not selected on the basis of the fact that the musician is now deceased. Both of these guitar-driven instrumental tracks are well worth listening to, made even more astounding when you remember that this is just one man. Both tracks have strong elements of funk and soul, with some interesting effects used. Fans of The Stone Roses and Red Hot Chilli Peppers will definitely want to check out ‘Space Jam’, while fans of The Grateful Dead will find both tracks worth listening to.

You can listen to ‘Space Jam’ here and ‘I’ll Take You There’ here.

5. Grime On My Hands – WNY

Genre: Grime; Electronic; Experimental

Sadly no images were available for WNY. WNY is an electronic musician based in Canada that specialises in atmospheric yet minimalistic pieces of music. ‘Grime On My Hands’ is no exception. From the scraping metal sounds to the chiming synths, every aspect of this track is building to something – and you don’t know what. The atmosphere is fantastic from start to finish and, though parts may feel a bit underwhelming, it’s an admirable track and one that’s definitely worth a listen when you’ve got a spare couple of minutes.

You can listen to the track here.

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