Picks Of The Week 16

This week I’ve been feeling a bit…eclectic. And I like to think that I’ve chosen a good range of music for all of you delightful readers to enjoy! It’s been a bit of a hectic week too, as I’ve been preparing new features for the blog that should (emphasis on should) all fall into place soon. You can keep updated by liking the Facebook page. But for now, enjoy the sixteenth ‘Picks Of The Week’!

1. So Brave – Vox Atomic

Image courtesy of the musician's facebook page.

Genre: Electronica; Techno; House

Vox Atomic definitely deserves checking out, as yesterday’s short ‘Introducing…’ post said. ‘So Brave’ is a great track by Vox Atomic – combining elements of various electronic genres & sub-genres into one piece that flows virtually seamlessly. The one key thing to take into consideration with the piece is that it is a live track – as are all Vox Atomic tracks. Look; Listen; Love.

You can listen to the track here.

2. Of Course You Exist – The Pictish Trail

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.
Genre: Folk-Rock; Techno-Rock; Chillwave

I’d like to, first of all, clarify on something I’ve written in the genre section: this song is only Chillwave-esque. It has a chillwave kind of vibe, but it has a little bit of a rough-edge to it. Overall though, the song is still an enjoyable listen. The slight megaphone-effect on the vocals helps to emphasise them over the top of the simple instrumentation. And as the song builds to its chorus, the song goes from strength to strength. Definitely worth checking out both this track and The Pictish Trail in general.

You can listen to the track here.

3. Belper Row – Dakota Beats

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

From guitars laced in delay and reverb to simple driving drums, Dakota Beats not only do Indie but they do it extraordinarily well. As ‘Belper Row’ proves, the band have a lot of musical ability and a lot of potential. There are big things on the horizon for this band. Keep an eye on them.

You can listen to the track here or download it here.

4. Love, Love, Love, Love – Jeffrey Lewis

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.
Genre: Country

When the term ‘rough around the edges’ is applied to an artist and a track, most people are immediately put off listening. When it comes to Jeffrey Lewis and this track, the term ‘rough around the edges’ is most definitely required – but it is used in a more endearing way. As a country musician, the rough style makes it similar in style to more traditional country artists (read Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Everly Brothers) and is immediately reminiscent of the golden age of country. Definitely worth checking out.

You can listen to the track here.

5. Northern Lights – The Bots

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.
Genre: Post-Punk; Punk; Hardcore; Experimental

This track was featured in the very first ‘Picks Of The Week’, but has been on my playlist again this past week. A passionate and powerful track, ‘Northern Lights’ demonstrates everything that is making The Bots one of the hottest new bands around. Packed full of punk spirit, experimentalism, energy and musical ability, this track is by far one of their finest.

You can listen to the track here.

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