Welcome to this week’s concentrated dose of new music cocktails – a.k.a. Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 19. Instead of the usual full serving of six new songs, this week features four shots of fresh music from European artists that is upbeat, off-beat, and hypnotic. Let’s dive in with a great track to help you kick the Monday blues.
Peter Bjorn & John – “Dominos” (Stockholm, Sweden)
After keeping fans waiting for five years, Swedish indie pop trio Peter Bjorn & John will soon deliver the follow-up to their 2011 release, Gimme Some. The upbeat “Dominos” is the second single from Breakin’ Point after the title track was released in March. “Dominos” packs a lot of synth-heavy pop goodness into its nearly three minutes. It’s infectious and danceable, so crank this one to kick your Monday into full-throttle mode.
Peter Bjorn and John are scheduled play Ottawa Bluesfest in July.
Adult Jazz – “Eggshell” (Leeds, England)
Another group who make completely original music unlike anything else out there, Adult Jazz are back with a new single that’s just as unique as their previous works. Anyone who heard their 2014 debut album, Gist Is, knows this Leeds-based quartet for their non-mainstream (read: commercial-friendly) musicality. It’s highly unlikely you’ll hear “Eggshell” played on a TV commercial, because its avant-garde vibe is best suited for an art house film. The whimsy in the lyrics of frontman Harry Burgess (“I stuffed my courage, strutted foxy like a fox”) is refreshingly offbeat. If you haven’t already discovered the abstract world of Adult Jazz, your audio adventure starts here.
Adult Jazz are: Harry Burgess, Tim Slater, Steven Wells, and Tom Howe.
Let’s Eat Grandma – “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms” (Norwich, England)
Let’s Eat Grandma (aka Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton) have best friends since they were four years old. Most childhood friendships don’t lead to a joint creative venture, but then again, most young friends don’t share the creativity of this pair. When you hear “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms” – the lead single from their forthcoming album – you realize the mad genius of these two teens. It’s fun, experimental music that defies categorization. This is a good thing, since many emerging artists (especially artists who are still minors) can struggle to produce an original sound. A wild fusion of electronic, psych pop, and rap, the track has the energy of tUnEyArDs and the quirkiness of Björk. You won’t hear anything else like it today, we promise.
Mazlyn – “Head Now” (Ispwich, England)
Luke Mazlyn (who goes by the moniker Mazlyn) could be Thom Yorke’s replacement should he ever need a substitute. That’s how eerily similar Mazlyn’s ethereal falsetto is to the Radiohead frontman. You can hear his influences (Thom Yorke, Caribou, Tycho) on “Head Now” which released April 21. You can stream it and another track from his Soundcloud page. Mazlyn is an enigmatic character who has divulged few details about himself or his professional goals. This elusive tactic elevates the intrigue of the music, leaving us wanting more. We hope to have details about a full album soon.
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