Seven Fresh Songs #135
PVA — Hero Man
“Can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t get to work” — London trio PVA delivers this state of utter inability as a high-energy synth-pop track that reminds us how emotionally engaging well-crafted electronic music can be. Ella Harris, Josh Baxter (both vocals, synths, guitar), and Louis Satchell (drums) are said to put on a fantastic live show, so maybe you can catch them at one of their gigs in the UK and Europe (tour dates).
PVA will release their debut album “Blush” on October 14 via Ninja Tunes.
Listen to our Song Lock of the Day, “Hero Man,” below:
Florence Arman — Stupid Heart
Aren’t we all tempted from time to time to think of our feelings as having a stupid heart? Falling in love with the wrong person but also believing in a person’s words and getting fooled, two just name two examples. I think it is easy to relate to “Stupid Heart,” the new beautiful song by Florence Arman.
“Stupid Heart” is the first song I wrote about family stuff. Being the youngest in my family I think I’ve inherited a bit of baggage, which is normal I think and totally fine, but then again I still want to be able to write very dramatic songs about it.
Listen to “Stupid Heart,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Connect with Florence Arman here.
Sister Wives — Greater Place
“’Greater Place’ is our love song to joy,” said Sister Wives, the Sheffield, UK-based band of Donna Lee (vocals/keys/synths), Rose Love (vocals/bass), Liv Willars (vocals/guitar), Lisa O’Hara (vocals/drums). But don’t expect soaring chorales or jubilating string arrangements. The four women stay true to their roots in gritty rock and show you a more down-to-earth version of joy.
Singer Liv Willars explains where the song comes from:
“My son was born a few weeks before the first lockdown, and we spent the first year of his life almost in isolation. Even being alone at home during such a dark time, joy still managed to tear through.”
Sister Wives will release their debut album “Y Gawres,” Welsh for “giantess,” on October 28 via Libertino Records. Watch the joyful video below:
JoJo Worthington — Win Butler
Canadian singer, songwriter, and producer JoJo Worthington isn’t afraid to tackle one of her biggest inspirations head-on. Who dares to call her new song “Win Butler?” Must be someone who’s not only out for short-lived buzz but someone who can back it up with substance. And oh, is there substance in JoJo Worthington’s music!
Her new single “Win Butler” comes on the heels of her just-released EP BAPTIZED I, produced by herself and William Crann, and brims with gorgeous music. Front and center are JoJo’s bright and enchanting vocals, paired with exquisite (synths) instrumentation and an overall splendid production. Asked about “Win Butler,” JoJo says:
Win Butler” is a cacophony of feelings. It’s about the juxtaposition of wanting to succeed in the music industry and make art while there are adverse and tragic events happening everyday, all around me. Over the pandemic, it felt like the last thing anyone needed was more music (especially from me).
We beg to differ, but since we only recently discovered JoJo’s incredible talent ourselves, go on, please:
When I was in high school, I loved Arcade Fire (I still do), and I romanticized moving to Montreal and making amazing music. When I did finally move here, I was living downtown, and was heartbroken by the housing crisis and how many people were living on the streets here. Pursuing my dreams seemed like an incredibly selfish and insignificant thing to do, while people outside my apartment were just trying to get their basic needs met. The lyrics are inspired by some of the conversations I’ve had with those people, and the conflict I feel as I pursue a career in music in this broken world.
At its core, this is very artistic because that is what artists do — they wrap what they see and hear into something the general public, the less artsy souls, can understand and love and maybe even act upon. Music with meaning doesn’t have to be a protest folk or punk song, it can come in many different forms and shapes, and in the case of “Win Butler,” it comes in an exhilarating package. More of this, please.
Listen to “Win Butler,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Connect with JoJo Worthington here.
Abby Sage — The Florist
“The Florist” is a metaphor for a person who dispenses happiness to others, which is something that L.A.-based singer/songwriter Abby Sage strives for in real life. But the song comes with a curious restraint in production and vocals that hints at a darker side in the life of a “florist,” too.Abby says about the song:
“I’m someone who’s so protective of their friends. When something is broken, I want to fix it. And a florist is someone who through their actions makes a room prettier — because flowers always manage to do that.”
“The Florist” is the title track on Abby Sage’s upcoming EP, scheduled for October 21 via Nettwerk. Listen on your favorite streaming service or below on YouTube:
Arny Margret — sniglar
The new single “sniglar” by Icelandic singer/songwriter Arny Margret is nothing short of utterly gorgeous. From its soothing vocal delivery to its mesmerizing and simply beautiful production. While ‘sníglar’ is Icelandic for ‘snail,” Arny Margret sings in English and clearly knows the language very well as her lyrics are powerful and captivating. With “sniglar” she released the second track from her upcoming album they only talk about the weather, out on October 21st via One Little Independent Records.
Asked about “sniglar,” Arny says:
I was in a place where I hadn’t been in for a year, so I was getting a lot of déjà vu and remembering a lot of stuff from that time. All the places I had been in, the conversations I had, things that I could have done better and so forth. It’s one of my favourites on the album, it’s simple and honest.
It’s the disarming simplicity which at the same time is almost overwhelmingly hypnotic, that drew us immediately in!
Arny was born and raised in a small town called Ísafjörður, which is part of The Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland that faces the east coast of Greenland. There’s a reason why Arny likes to muse about the weather on her upcoming album and explains:
I like to use the weather, in one of my songs I even make it a person, I sing “I am blinded by the light of winter, but it comes and goes away, I don’t like her very much, you can’t depend on anything she’ll say.”
We can’t wait to hear that song and look forward to listen to the entire album.To get an idea of what weather in Iceland looks like but also how fascinating this country is, watch the music video, with cinematography by Ívar Kristján Ívarsson, grip by Hákon Hjartarson, and editing by Gudmundur Kristinn Jónsson and Arny Margret herself. Check out “singlar,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Connect with Arny Margret here.
Asha Gold — Up To Me
At first, “Up To Me” may sound like an obsessive relationship. But the airy, bouncy production and the repeated use of the far too familiar word “lockdown” hint that London-based singer/songwriter Asha Gold does not mean it that seriously. In fact, the song is not even about a specific person, as she explains below:
“I had a lot of fun writing ‘Up To Me’ — the quicker tempo pushed me to be inventive with melody and challenged me to tell a story without crowding the space with too many words. The lyrics encapsulate a sort of playful nostalgia: it’s about growing up and entering the real world, and therefore losing the freedom to carelessly spend hours upon hours with my favourite people. I play on the idea of wanting to keep someone trapped inside so that I can have 100% of their time. Louis hints at this needy, childlike behaviour in the production — the beat is incessant whilst the instruments and samples are super playful. I’m so excited to have this track out, in time for a (hopefully) sunny August!”
Listen to “Up To Me,” our Song Pick of the Day, on your favorite streaming service or below on YouTube: