Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: Peach Baby – Velvet

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The Malmo-based trio of Moa McAllister, Elenoor Rovers and Judith Stocks – collectively known as Peach Baby – first came together after taking a songwriting course in the city of Bollnäs. Naturally, this has lead to a situation wherein all three members share the spotlight, with each member taking the lead on different tracks and the band writing songs together as a group.

If “Velvet” is any indication, this collaborative approach has produced some good results, with the track highlighting the band’s flair for melody.

Check out the video for “Velvet,” taken off their debut EP Sensations, due out August 27 via Lazy Octopus.

Song Of The Day: Girl Ray – Give Me Your Love

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When Girl Ray first came onto the scene back in 2017, they caught my attention with the jangly, twee sounds of their debut, the cleverly named Earl Grey. When they returned a couple of years later with Girl, their sound switched to a much more overtly “pop” sound – an unexpected but welcome turn of events. It’s always great to see a band branch out and experiment with different sounds and Girl Ray managed to do so while still sounding very much like themselves. And now the London based trio is back with a new single which may be their best offering yet.

Produced by members of Hot Chip, “Give Me Your Love” is eight minutes of pure joy that seems tailor made for the dance floor. That it comes along with a Midsommar-inspired video that culminates in a dance party and romance instead of all the murder found in the original source material is just the icing on the cake. Check it out below.

Song Of The Day: Haus Band – She Belongs To Me

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It’s Victoria Day here in Canada, a national holiday in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday, but perhaps more importantly, it’s also Bob Dylan’s birthday. And while no holidays have been established (yet) in honour of Mr. Zimmerman, Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos is among those paying tribute to ol’ Bobby D. with a cover of “She Belongs To Me” from his new project Haus Band.

In explaining his love for Dylan, Argos describes him as “not just an amazing lyricist, he’s also an hilarious dude. A lo fi punk rock motherf*cker that seems to do whatever he pleases, which are all qualities that I look for in new friends.”

Among those new friends are Argos’ neighbours and now bandmates Olga Karatzioti-B. and Leonard Kaage, who came together with Argos and made good use of their lockdown time to create a whole album of Bob Dylan covers. No word yet on the full tracklisting, but if the rest of the album is anything like “She Belongs To Me”, I’m looking forward to it.

Song Of The Day: Shitkid – runt pa stranden

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All things considered, Åsa Söderqvist had a pretty productive 2020. Despite having to cut short an American tour leading up to that year’s aborted SXSW, Söderqvist’s Shitkid project still managed to produce a total of four releases in 2020, which seemed to suggest a similar momentum moving into 2021. Sadly, that was not the case, and as it turns out, Shitkid’s upcoming album Sort Stjerne! (out June 11 on PNKSLM Recordings) will be their last.

While I’m disappointed that I won’t get another chance to see Shitkid stir things up in concert again, there is something to be said for going out on your own terms and if lead single “runt på stranden” is any indication, Shitkid is ending things off on a strong note.