Each week the Music Feeds team hunt down their favourite new tunes, bundle them up in some (often highly legible) words and bring them to you. It’s Music Feeds Faves.
Bibio – Petals
Ok look it’s been a shit of a week but the one thing that’s stopping me from walking casually into the ocean never to return is this soothing new gem from English producer Bibio.
Swirling with delicate strings swooped through with twangy synth strokes which attack like a magpie in Spring attacks a bike helmet Petals, unlike an aerial attack from a bird-in-heat, leaves you chill AF.
I can almost feel the song’s tendrils massaging my back and whispering “everything’s going to be allllllright” gently into my ear. Thank you Bibio. / Mitch Feltscheer, Creative Content Director
Erykah Badu – Phone Down
Phone etiquette is a polarising subject in our social media crazed era and forever a gripe amongst baby boomers in their attitudes towards millennials. “Can you even maintain a normal conversation without that phone in your face?” they’ll drone. “Look up at me when I’m speaking to you.” OK MUM. What it’s not though, is an obvious subject choice for a sensual R’n’B slow jam. Unless you’re Erykah Badu.
When she says she knows how to “make you put you’re phone down / you ain’t gonna text no one when you’re with me”, you believe her. Yes there’s a suggestive element to exactly how she’ll achieve that, but mainly the power comes from Kween Badu’s call for mutually living in the moment.
“When you talk I’m going to listen,” she promises too. No one but Badu could make etiquette sound so damn alluring. / Nastassia Baroni, Editor
Mezko – Journey’s End
I have a huge crush on Mezko. A fan ever since seeing them play a year or so ago in their old drummer and guitarist backed four piece line-up, they’ve stripped it back to core members Laura Bailey and Kat Harley and a burbling conglomerate of synths, drum machines, live guitar and bass, the girls mixing up duties with plenty of instrument switching.
Journey’s End being the duo’s third single released this year, the track pays tribute to it’s name with a kind of coming age movie finale vibe, albeit refracted through some 80s techno future vibes. Hint’s of John Carpenter’s iconic Escape From New York soundtrack hide in the tracks opening before the first chorus sees bright textured synths wash over everything and open up the sound into expansive pop territory. Watch out for Mezko in 2016 as they have some very big moves ahead of them. / Michael Carr, Staff Writer
Movement – Lace
We’ve been waiting a damn minute for some new music from smooth af Aussie trio Movement and finally this week they delivered. Lace is just a demo but it’s one of the cleanest demoes I’ve heard in a long time. It’s a moody, haunting number featuring those hallmark, breathy Movement vocals that we’ve become accustomed to.
The best part about Lace is you don’t realise it’s growing but it is ever so slowly, piece by piece. The synths just continue to grow denser and denser until the stunning finale which is accompanied by industrial, clanging beats. Something tells me that these guys are gearing up to release an album really, really soon and if this demo is anything to go by, it’s going to be absolute perfection. / Sam Murphy, Staff Writer
Marcus Whale – If (Demo)
Sydney’s Marcus Whale (he of Collarbones, Black Vanilla, and Scissor Lock fame) has dropped his magical debut solo single, twisting some cold piano chords and strings into a club-friendly four minutes and 56 seconds.
“I’ve always made many different forms of music, never able to feel full allegiance to the pop or electronic or contemporary classical worlds I cut my teeth on,” Whale says.
“This song, If, was the first glimpse I had of music I might make that could marry all of these in one. It was clear after making it that I’d always wanted to follow those impulses.”
If is a taste of Whale’s longer project Inland Sea, co-produced by HTRK’s Nigel Yang. It’s coming in the first half of 2016, but it really can’t come soon enough. / Tom Williams, Staff Writer