We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Our inbox…it has so many treasures…let us share them with you! New music from Friends Don’t Die, Wails, George Moir, Tom Jones, Stephen G. Clayton, Heather Porcaro, icoro and High Viz Jackit Theory.

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Friends Don’t Die – “She’s A Headrush”
Some songs feel so effortless it’s like they’ve always been a part of our internal playlist, and “She’s A Headrush” is one of those. Just a perfect uptempo indie rock song with a boppin beat, good melodies and just enough of an 80’s left of the dial influence to sound classic while keeping it fresh.

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Wails – “Oddjob”
What a delight to find this in our inbox this week. “Oddjob” is a fuzzed out banger that sounds like Supergrass jamming with IDLES. Piss and vinegar and noise meet hooks and groove and we are instant fans.

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George Moir – “Empty”
The best indie pop music doesn’t conform to established pop norms, it brings something so fresh sounding that pop norms conform to it (and blatantly rip it off for the next several years). “Empty” is one of those songs. It is undeniably a pop song, big hooks and melodies, a danceable beat, big chorus – but Moir presents these elements in stylish singularity. It’s Rufus Wainwright meets Meghan Trainor and it’s a sound we didn’t know we needed in our life.

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Tom Jones – “Talking Television Blues”
Well, who saw this coming? Not that Tom Jones isn’t known for covers, a large portion of his 50 year career has been spent covering other artists, but transforming Todd Snider’s very traditional talking blues song “Talking Reality Television Blues” into a Radiohead-esque low boiling groove? Maybe 2021 is gonna be alright after all.

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Stephen G. Clayton – “New Moves (E.A.C.)”
What starts as a lovely but fairly straight forward acoustic ballad turns into a lesson in the rewards of patience. “New Moves (E.A.C.)” slowly unfolds itself before you, revealing new sonic depths and an evolving melody until it opens up at the 1:40 mark with a gentle epiphany of a chorus, a type of intimate grandeur and soft spoken optimism that stays with you.

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Heather Porcaro – “I Wanna Know”
God we love Heather Porcaro. Since reviving the blog last year we’ve posted every single she’s released and that’s not a trend we see stopping anytime soon. Porcaro specializes in the type of smart, songwriter focused alternative pop that has defined Aimee Mann’s work, and lord knows we need more of that in the world. Porcaro is her own woman though, bringing a playfulness and energy to the genre that is often missing and we are just a pile of smitten kittens for her over here at PE.

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icoro – “Golgata I”
A fun, grooving soundscape that vibes like Art of Noise jamming with Ween. This is the instrumental palate cleanser you need in your day, no matter what kind of day you’re having.

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High Viz Jackit Theory – “Spar Day”
Driving and relentless, this is a muscly garage punk stomper that makes us want to guzzle coffee and get shit done. This is pure unadulterated riff and groove with little need for melody or hook and hot damn does it work. Sometimes you just want it raw and that’s what “Spar Day” provides.

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