The May 2016 edition of Flying Vinyl is as diverse and wide-ranging as ever, seeing everything from ballsy DIY grrrl punk to atmospheric Dutch minimalism appearing on the five exclusively pressed singles. Get the lowdown on what the dozenth delivery had to offer…
Beach Baby – Limousine/Sleeperhead
Four piece outfit Beach Baby made a reappearance in May’s edition, bringing another two tracks of their summery indie pop into the fray. Limosuine has a pulsing bassline that adds a gritty undertone to the track’s Smiths-esque jangly guitars, the shimmer of which makes lyrics as dark as “You cut your arm just to watch it bleed/and it feels so warm” still sound like a singalong festival anthem. B-side Sleeperhead sees Beach Baby yearning for a safe, normal life of steady income and marital bliss; think Mark Renton’s revelation in Trainspotting but reincarnated as a surf rock track. Like their contemporaries across the pond Drowners, Beach Baby take The Smiths’ very British indie rock jangle and crank it up a notch.
Dream Wife – Hey Heartbreaker/Lolita
Newcomers Dream Wife- an art performance stroke DIY pop punk band- have blessed Flying Vinyl with a track from their debut EP and some new material. Hey Heartbreaker is equal parts sugary sweet vocals and ferocious bite; at their loudest and fiercest when the track ascends into a beautiful din of shouts and intense guitar, Dream Wife call to mind Nashville punks Bully. Flipping the disc over introduces Lolita, a breathless yet bold pop song that swerves the dangerous waters of its title (fear not, there’s no gross Lana Del Rey style Lolita fetishizing) and delivers a blast of catchy hooks and punk force.
Palm Honey – You Stole My Blackout/Bones
Established in the current UK psych scene, Reading band Palm Honey have been building a fanbase from their energetic live shows played up and down the country and in their brand new tracks released in Issue #12 it’s easy to see why. You Stole My Blackout is an instantly likeable cross section of psych and pop, dominated by a punchy riff straight out of Happy People era Peace and big throbs of bass, frontman Joseph Mumford delivering lyrics far more directly than in their previous material, making lines such as “It’s always gonna be there/The voice that makes you feel like you’re running out of air” stand out. AA-side Bones is more traditionally psych, incorporating dark, swirling synths that undulate beneath the surface and create a layered texture.
Rival Sons – Thundering Voices/All That I Want
The kind of classic rock n’ roll brought to Issue #12 by Long Beach quartet Rival Sons needs nuance to stay fresh; the disconcertingly quiet chorus of A-side Thundering Voices is a clever respite from the thrusting arrogance of the verses’ snarling riff and tight, halting drums. Vocalist Jay Buchanan has a powerful voice (definitely taking some influence from their fellow Californians The Red Hot Chili Peppers), making the genuinely tender B-side All That I Want indicative of impressive range, capable of both blazing rock and gentle romance.
Klangstof – Hostage/We Are Your Receiver
Hailing from the Netherlands, Klangstof deal in mystery and let their songs do the talking, building up hype from just a few tracks. Their slow burning, ethereal debut single Hostage ascends from stripped back, crystal clarity to a celestial climax of breathtaking synths and cymbal crashes. Backed by We Are Your Receiver,singer/writer/producer/frontman Koen’s vocals standing alone above the layers of dream pop sound, Klangstof’s Flying Vinyl debut is enough to mark them out as ones to watch this year.
Review: Eve Brady