Single Review – Sløtface – Nancy Drew

Norwegian Sløtface’s new single ‘Nancy Drew’ mixes grungy driving guitar chords and pummelling drums into a perfect punk track that bites back at mediocre music and patriarchal society. The band’s debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ is due for release in September and is sure to be fuelled by an infectious amount of rock chords, electronica bass hooks, and feminist philosophy. Vocalist Haley Shea crafts a lyric like Debbie Harry standing shoulder to shoulder with Becca Macintyre, Jennifer Clavin, and The Runaways backed by the constant force of guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad, drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke and bassist Lasse Lokøy. ‘Watch out she’s a nightmare, Nancy Drew, she’s sneaking up on you,’ Sløtface’s ‘Nancy Drew’ is a superhero, assassin re-imagining of the teen sleuth ready to fight the patriarchy with blistering guitars, what’s not to love. 

Haley Miller

Single Review – Cigarettes After Sex – Each Time You Fall In Love

Five years since the release of the band’s first ambient shoe-gaze EP Cigarettes After Sex are due to release their debut self-titled full length on June 9, via Partisan Records. And if new single ‘Each Time You Fall In Love’ is anything to go by it’s sure to be a melancholy dreamy soundtrack to 2017. A hypnotic melody and spacious atmosphere unfurl as lead songwriter Greg Gonzalez’s lyrics paint a gloomy, heartbroken picture of unrequited romantic dreams. Within ‘Each Time You Fall In Love’ Love is never quite as perfect as you want it to be, reality never quite matching the mesmerising idea of it. As Gonzalez explains it is about: ‘how I was never able to find myself completely satisfied with any romance or love affair that I had been through. It was as if I was always on the lookout for something more.’

Hayley Miller

Sunday Suggestion – Django Django – Waveforms

Edinburgh’s Django Django’s 2012 album of the same name was a real feat of modern art-rock and psychedelic electronic music. Apart from this their vocal harmonies and vocal repetitions and their utilisation of a simple beat and rhythm to maximum effect enhanced their music even more. All of this is encapsulated quite well with ‘Waveforms’. It was their first single release off their debut album. The whirring and melodic combination of synths and the subtle guitar and percussion elements show that less can be more and that utilising your vocals can pay off a lot better than you think. You’ll find this song on GTA V too, for those of you who play it. Not sure how the song sounds when brutally murdering someone in a gangwar but hey there you go!

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995