Seven Fresh Songs #94
in earnest — The Days in Between
“Reasons to Stay Alive” is the title of the new EP by U.K. trio in earnest. And while the main songwriters Sarah Holburn and Tom Eatherton have their own stories to tell, the reflections on this gap-less six-track record deeply resonate in a broader sense. Our Song Pick of the Day is the opening cut, “The Days in Between,” but the full magic unfolds when listening to the entire EP.
The band explains:
“The EP took its title from a book by Matt Haig, which originally inspired us to talk so openly about mental illness. We wrote these songs to document our personal highs and lows over the past couple of years; the whole record is cyclical to reflect how most of us have felt stuck in an endless loop.”
Listen to “Reasons to Stay Aive” on your favorite streaming service or below on Bandcamp:
Le Junk — Sticky Side
“Satisfaction tastes so wrong” sings Le Junk in his new single “Sticky Side.” The British songwriter, singer and producer developed his passion for music by playing around with a bass and drum machine before refining his style. The juxtaposition of different styles in “Sticky Side” is exciting and the melodic chorus appealingly catchy.
Le Junk sums up the essence of “Sticky Side,” when he says:
[The the track is] about wanting to keep a healthy distance from someone who you know is toxic but can easily fall in love with.
Listen to “Sticky Side,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Reya — Heat
Hot emotions are difficult to control. “Heat,” the new song by Melbourne-based artist Rebecca Matthews aka Reya brings this point over with an intriguing left-field R&B production that meanders around an unconventional snare-driven beat.
She explains about the song:
“Heat is an exploration into lust and intimacy and the frustration of never being quite close enough physically and emotionally.”
Listen to “Heat,” our Song Pick of the Day here:
Tears For Fears — The Tipping Point
While on a little birthday vacay in Upstate New York, I learned that my all-time favorite band Tears For Fears have a new single out. Of course, I immediately stopped the album we were listening to (Perverse by Jesus Jones), and put on “The Tipping Point,” playing it for a little while on repeat. If you only know Tears For Fears from their second studio album Songs from the Big Chair, of which basically every track became a major hit single, and never followed any other of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith’s other works, you still would want to give their new single a spin.
Artistry and immense creativity aside, if you think about it, it is really hard to come up with something new, fresh, and relevant. “The Tipping Point” sounds fantastic, with Orzabal and Smith at their best! It is comforting to know that after their rollercoaster relationship, they once again found a common ground and continue to make music as a duo again. Tears For Fears even have an album coming out on February 25, 2022: The Tipping Point.
Can’t get enough of “The Tipping Point” and all things Tears For Fears? Neither can I, hence I’d like to suggest the brilliant interview in The Guardian that might offer lots of new insights, even to the biggest fan. I am very much looking forward to the new album because if the title track is any indication, it will be nothing short of stellar and something for long-time Tears For Fears and new-ones alike.
Listen to “The Tipping Point,” our Song Pick of the Day, and also check out the cinematic video, directed, photographed and edited by Matt Mahurin:
Sparrows — I Know Fire
Fire — a metaphor for excitement — can be too much and dangerous or too little and dull. In her upbeat pop-anthem “I Know Fire,” Sydney-based musician Jessica Nitties aka Sparrows, assures you that you can make it work for you either way. She says:
“[I Know Fire] has taught me so many lessons. Most importantly surrendering to your inner fire and letting it guide you, not control you. This song hopefully empowers the listener to feel their inner fire and know that it’s always there to breathe in, an eternal flame — even if some days it feels like a spark.”
Listen to our Song Pick of the Day on your favorite streaming service or below on Sound Cloud:
Stats — Wet Black Trees
Too bad to discover a really cool band only to learn that they’ll call it quits by next month. Granted, they go out in style, releasing a farewell album and celebrating with one last live show. However, their music will live on and so we enjoy “Wet Black Trees,” the most recent single from the Stats’ album Powys 1999 Deluxe Edition, out November 19th, 2021. The single was sung and produced by Stats’ keyboardist Nicole Robson, with lyrics by frontman Ed Seed.
Wales serves as inspiration for “Wet Black Trees,” the place where Seed grew up. He says:
Looking back, ‘Wet Black Trees’ was the starting point for ‘Powys 1999’. It wasn’t meant to be a Stats tune, but I loved the mood Nicole created. It’s a dark and nightmarish world where sinister Nature is plotting against you — it made me think of the barren mountainsides where I grew up, and flocks of strange birds waiting. When the band got together in Wales for the ‘Powys 1999’ sessions, this was the song I played everyone to set the tone, to say this is the landscape.
“Wet Black Trees” is one of those things that happened so easily and quickly, like the music was already there in the lyrics. It fell together and felt right straight away.
The setting of “Wet Black Trees” is moody and a little dark but not too dark. It evokes Fever Ray’s atmospheric allure and intensity and definitely makes me want to listen to Stats’ entire album and previous releases. What a bummer that Stats de-band but artists will create art and so we’re eager to learn what’s next for the two and would like to give the stage to Ed Seeds, who reflects:
I started Stats in 2014 as an idea: to make joyful and ecstatic music about everyday subjects usually written off as boring, like office jobs and ring roads. Over time the songs became much more personal and emotional because the idea was transformed by the people who played it: we became a band. Our group has a deep understanding of each other — not just as musicians but as people — and this sympathy creates a deep sound. Whether we’re in a studio exploring or on stage performing, Stats is a place of total mutual support and appreciation, and it goes hard as fuck too. I’m so proud of the records we made with the support of our friends Memphis Industries and of all our families. ‘Powys 1999’ especially feels like a perfect expression of what the band is about. Having reached that point I never want it to dissipate, only to celebrate it once more with everyone together: Tom Andrews, John Barrett, Stu Barter, Duncan Brown, Nicole Robson, Iso Waller-Bridge, and Ant Whiting. Thank you to everyone who’s listened to our records and come to our shows, and the countless people who’ve helped us out for no reason other than loving the music. It’s been a joy.
This will surely be a bittersweet party and we wish everybody a wonderful time! Listen to “Wet Black Trees,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Danielle Lewis — Slow, Sad, and Real
“Slow, Sad, and Real” is a sweeping reflection about dreams, reality, and the overlap between the two. Welsh musician Danielle Lewis enlisted videographer Mark James for adding some stunning visuals that shun overused effects and tired cliches about how dreams look like.
She says about the song:
“Slow, Sad and Real’ brings to light the array of emotions, thoughts and dreams I’ve felt that have sometimes conflicted within. It’s the desire to resist suppression and embrace every part of the human emotional state.”
Watch the video for “Slow, Sad, and Real” here: