Norwegian singer songwriter Anna Lotterud has been catching some attention over the last year with singles that have been expertly produced and arranged in a sparing, minimalist fashion that allows her understated vocals to shine. Her new single ‘Us’ has moved slightly from the atmospheric electronica to something slightly more Pop oriented. It features more vibrant beats and chords which are sharpened subtle clicks between the resonant sounds and her whirring vocals. It still maintains the ‘chilled’ aesthetic which all of her tracks have featured, but she demonstrates here a keen ear for a simple, yet catchy tune without losing any dignity along the way.
With 2013’s Howlin, the Sydney based duo of Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield proved themselves to be talented producers and forgers of differing sounds. Since then, Australian music has been increasing in both critical and popular stature so it seems only apt that as they support Tame Impala on their tour, they release details of their second album Every Now and Then. They’ve already unveiled the sharp synth acid house style of ‘OB1’ and now they’ve released ‘Give Me A Reason’. This track maintains the tripping rhythms of a Stone Roses track, but is much more fluid with free, meandering synth chords and resonant beats. These single a dance rhythm and echoed Pop vocals. It is a track that seems to initially lack direction, but goes on to grow and flourish as each shift is seamless. A promising album is in the offing.
Before his last album (Carry on the Grudge), Jamie T would have been remembered as the laid-back, hip-hop esque cockney poet who churned out great hits like ‘Sheila’ and ‘Sticks n Stones’. 2014 changed that. Carry on the Grudge changed all that by demonstrating Jamie’s ear for a diverse range of music. The LP ranged from having ballads like ‘Love is only a heartbeat away’, to the soul infused ‘Trouble’ to the rage of a song like ‘Peter’ and the indie-pop fun of ‘Zombie’. The most impressive caveat of the LP was that he managed it all without losing out on his impressive lyrical style. With its slightly reverbed guitars and soul styled backing vocals in the chorus, Power over Men, whilst catchy, fun and clever offers very few signs of a new direction for his new album, Trick Splash, which releases on the 2nd September 2016.
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