5 songs you must check out this week.
Lawrence Taylor, “Bang Bang”
RIYL: Jeff Buckley, a tougher Sam Smith, Coldplay
Birmingham-born singer and the veteran of many open mic nights (and no, this isn’t the football player by the same name), this 22 year-old has fans at both the BBC and Q Magazine. “Mature beyond his years” is a phrase that’s often used. He’ll be a big draw at SXSW this month.
Half Moon Run, “Consider Yourself”
Sun Leads Me On (Indica)
RIYL: Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Of Monsters and Men
Four-piece indie act from Montreal records that’s signed to Glassnote in the US, the home of Mumford and Sons. Glassnote seems very interested in Canadian acts these days, having already picked up Justin Nozuka and The Strumbellas. Given how Deven Porielje channels Thom Yorke on this track, it could easily be mistaken for a long-lost Radiohead track.
M83, “Do It, Try It”
RIYL: Simple Minds, Tears for Fears, Talk Talk
One of the leading bands in France (along with Daft Punk and Phoenix), M83’s first single from their seventh studio album delivers what fans expect from the group. When the album shows up on April 8, look for a track featuring Beck. You can really see them being kindred spirits.
Jake Bugg, “Gimmie the Love”
On My One (Virgin EMI)
RIYL: A less bluesy White Stripes, Beatles with a beat, Bob Dylan with a melody
Yes, the album is called On My One. It was originally called (as you might guess) On My Own, but somewhere along the way, Jake decided that the word “one” made more sense when it came to expressing what this album meant to him. Whatever, dude. It’s your record. It’s due June 17.
BLAJK, “Fresh Class”
RIYL: Big Data, Some Modest Mouse, Wild Beasts
Really new (their first-ever gig was in October) five-piece Toronto indie pop band with synth flourishes. And if the spelling of their name confuses you, just remember that the “J” is silent.