FeaturesWritten by Nastassia Baroni on May 12, 2017
The Music Feeds team is ready to wax lyrical about tunes we’re digging and show how ~cool~ we are when dropping that new music knowledge. Here we’ve wrangled together the fresh new songs that made an impact on us these past few weeks, for the ultimate new music playlist. It’s Music Feeds Faves!
These Four Walls – ‘Bravery’
Holy shit. Very rarely does a song hit you this hard this fast, but one listen to These Four Walls’ epic new belter ‘Bravery’ is all it takes to leave you needing to pick your face up off the floor. In a world where all your favourite heavy bands are turning down their volume knobs or else chasing the EDM/’80s new wave trend (I’m looking at you Linkin Park, Fallout Boy, Paramore) it’s refreshing AF to be reminded that good, heavy songwriting is still possible. And even more refreshing when a homegrown band (well, one we stole from New Zealand anyway) is the one showing them how it’s done.
The Queensland-based TFW deliver thundering riffage, earworm vocal melodies, earth-shaking screams and a huge anthemic chorus in ‘Bravery’, which is somehow part ’90s alt-rock, part gothic musical and part something else entirely. It’s video clip’s pretty cool too. / Emmy Mack, Staff Writer
Ainslie Wills – ‘Running Second’
Ainslie Wills’s ‘Running Second’ is a positive affirmation, in song form, and devoid of any cliche sap. From the outset, Wills’ gorgeous voice stops you in your tracks then gently nudges you forward with an affirming message we all, at times, really need to hear – “you are enough”. There’s a risk that such a simple lyric could be perceived as an empty platitude – another inspo quote plucked from an Instagram bio or a generic frame in a home goods store – but not when it’s delivered by someone as skilled and sincere as Ainslie Wills. When she tells me, ever so beautifully, that I have “nothing to prove” I believe her. / Nastassia Baroni, Managing Editor
Grizzly Bear – ‘Three Rings’
‘Three Rings’ is Grizzly Bear’s first new single in five years, and it was definitely worth the wait. The intricate new track is so complex and luscious that it takes a few listens to completely come to terms with, as it pushes you up and down on waves of varying intensity and sharpness. But once you’re caught up in its alt-rock swells it’s almost impossible to escape.
Oh and the other good thing is that the band say there’s “more to come” — because of course there is. / Tom Williams, News Editor
Ceres – ‘Stretch Ur Skin’ ft Wil Wagner
This is earnest, heart on your sleeve, cathartic, sincere, introspective, emotional punk at its finest and already staking a claim as one of my fave songs of the year. Seeing these guys together when Ceres support The Smith Street Band on their upcoming album tour is going to be a dream. / Nastassia Baroni, Managing Editor
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