Song Of The Day: Rosie Carney – High and Dry

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Musicians releasing quarantine-inspired cover albums has been a bit of a trend this year, and now Irish singer Rosie Carney has joined those ranks with her latest release The Bends.

Yes, Carney has taken on Radiohead’s 1995 album, one of the absolute classics of the ’90s, and covered the whole thing in its entirety. And as it turns out, it ended up working pretty well, with Carney reinterpreting it in a stripped down, indie-folk style. Check out the video for her version of “High and Dry” below.

Rosie Carney’s The Bends is out now via Color Study.

Song Of The Day: Sturle Dagslund – Waif

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I first came across Norwegian experimental/Avant-rock singer Sturle Dagsland a couple of years ago at SXSW. It was a somewhat random discovery, but I was struck at the time by his sound and his personality, both of which could be described as “eccentric” (amongst other things, he memorably wrestled with a folding chair during that performance). Now, nearly three years after that performance, Dagsland is set to release his debut self-titled album on February 5, 2021.

Recorded over the last couple of years with his brother Sjur, Dagslund seems to have taken a bit of a kitchen sink approach to the album, incorporating over 40 different instruments from across various cultures into the recording and drawing from a wide range of influences. The end result is some pretty compelling stuff, as evidenced by the haunting, otherworldly soundscape of latest single “Waif.” Check it out below.

Song Of The Day: Svalbard – Listen To Someone

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What’s in a name? Shakespeare wrote that, and while he was talking about a couple of lovestruck teenagers, the question could also be applied to band names. Take Svalbard for example.

With a name like Svalbard, one’s first thought would be to assume that they’re some Scandinavian black metal types, all grim and menacing and hanging out in the forest with swords and stuff. Nope, they’re from Bristol. Still heavy as hell though, with a sound that falls somewhere between hardcore, metal and shoegaze. They are named after a Norwegian archipelago though, so I wasn’t too far off with my initial black metal assumptions.

The band released their latest, When I Die, Will I Get Better?, back in September and were just announced as part of next year’s Roskilde Festival lineup. Will things be close enough to normal by that point so that the festival can take place as planned? Who knows? But in the meantime, you can check out the video for Svalbard’s “Listen To Someone” below.

Song Of The Day: Shitkid – baby roulette

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2020 has been a shit year for everyone, but all things considered, it’s also been a pretty good year for Shitkid, at least from a productivity standpoint.

ShitKid (aka Åsa Söderqvist) has been a favourite of mine ever since seeing her live a couple of years back and while there certainly won’t be any live shows on the horizon any time soon, Söderqvist has certainly kept busy regardless, having already put out three releases so far this year before following them up with her fourth, the soon to be released CROTCHROCK (recorded in the Spring/Summer of 2020, partly with former bassist Lina Molarin Ericsson).

While Söderqvist’s most recent full length, 20/20 ShitKid, delved into more synth-based sounds, the CROTCHROCK EP sees Shitkid bringing things back to a more guitar-centric style. Check out lead single “baby roulette” below.

CROTCHROCK is out December 11 via PNKSLM Recordings.