1. Lotus Plaza – ‘Strangers’
The project of guitarist Lockett Pundt, this track from Lotus Plaza is reminiscent of Mystery Jets’ ‘Dreaming of Another World’, or more recent work by The Horrors on their album Skying. ‘Strangers’ has the potential to become a summer hit. The song instantly grabs you in the first 40 seconds and continues with a similar tempo throughout, and the pensive lyrics, well crafted guitar work and upbeat drumming mean that the song has a real chance for success. The second album from the band is due for release in April, and based on the quality of this song it may be one to watch.
2. The Magnetic North – ‘Rackwick’
Comprised of Erland Cooper and Simon Tong, who were formerly of Erland and the Carnival and Hannah Peel, The Magnetic North specialise in low tempo music, eerie rhythms and soft echoes, which produce a natural and refreshing sound. ‘Rackwick’, their debut single, is carefully crafted and harks back to a simpler age of songwriting also romanticised by artists such as Kings of Convenience, with light clapping, drums and synths. Their album Orkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North is due for release on May 7th via Full Time Hobby Records.
3. Bahamas – ‘Caught Me Thinking’
Canadian born Alfi Jurvanen, stage name Bahamas, is back with his new single ‘Caught Me Thinking’. The man who was previously Feist’s touring guitarist has celebrated the changing of the hours (the clocks went forward, in case you’ve been late a lot recently) with a simple catchy summery track. Featuring a Mystery Jets-esque beat (check out ‘Young Love’), entwined with lyrics reminiscent of the golden days of Jack Penate, it’s a great listen while the sun is still shining.
Contributions from Jamie Barker, David Martin and Matt Wimsett.