Picks Of The Week 8

This week I decided that I would focus on revisiting previously featured artists and find other tracks by them that are worth checking out. So there’s a little bit of this, a little bit of that and a whole lot of great music for you all this week! I hope you enjoy it!

1. Eyes On The Prize – Citylightz

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.
Genre: Spanish Rock; Urban; Indie

‘Eyes On The Prize’ is incredibly different to the last Citylightz song (‘Swings’) that featured on here. Beautifully combining Spanish guitar-driven rock with urban, the track is a hopeful one about keeping – you guessed it – your eyes on the prize. Throw a catchy chorus into the mix of unorthodox rock instrumentation and rap and you’ve got a great track.

You can listen to the song here.

2. Baby Blue – The Black Apples

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.
Genre: Rock ‘N’ Roll

As ever, The Black Apples are sticking with their rock and roll sound and doing it brilliantly. Sounding a bit like Wolfmother on this track, the band provide the usual hard-hitting instrumentation with superbly executed powerful vocals to make a track that will get stuck in your head for a few days.

You can listen to the track here.

3. Boys Don’t Cry – Lester Clayton

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.
Genre: Acoustic; Street Folk; Indie; Reggae

‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is Lester Clayton at his most cynical. The vocals are less sung than snarled and the instrumentation perfectly matches the lyrical content and vocal delivery: alternating between hard-hitting, dissonant and melancholy. This is by far the song with the most emotion, with Clayton’s voice sounding emotional several points during the track. Well worth a listen.

You can listen to the track here.

4. Faith In Me – Aceldama

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.
Genre: Metal; Melodic Metal

‘Faith In Me’ shows Aceldama a few shades heavier than their previously featured track (‘I Am’). The song sounds significantly less melodic metal than usual, with only the bridge of the song indefinitely being melodic metal. Fans of Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil will find this song greatly enjoyable, while fans of Evanescence may also find this song worth a listen.

You can listen to the track here.

5. No Friend Of Mine – Club Smith

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.
Genre: Indie; Alternative

Club Smith are at their indie-alternative best with this. From the moment the track begins, there are striking familiarities with Franz Ferdinand and the vocals are undeniable similar to Josh Homme’s of Queens Of The Stone Age. The song is a hard-hitting, in-your-face indie anthem that will be in your head and on loop for a long time.

You can listen to the track here.

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