I have a concussion right now so I’m not supposed to be on a computer let alone writing on a computer about a music video I watched and listened to on a computer. Srsly don’t tell Dr. Heinke lol. Although my world is kinda spinning and I am squinting at my screen I’m pretty sure that this is a chill song. Like this seems like the kinda chill song that I would play with a group of chill bros and maybe cry with or raise my glasses to or something chill like that.
Despite the wave of Manchester-based fuzz-pop and punk groups that dominated our blog in 2012, Temple Songs have managed to rise above and outlast the rest as clear standouts. I’ve written the story a few times now, but I never expected Temple Songs to be where they are now after listening to their (really just Jolan’s) earliest material. It’s been almost two years since that first release and it’s nice to finally get to put a few faces to the group courtesy of their video for “I Can’t Look After You”. It also helps that “I Can’t Look After You” may be one of their best tracks yet and demonstrates that Temple Songs may be more akin to the homies Happy Jawbone Family Band than anyone else in the Manchester scene.
Tree’s cover of Radiohead’s much beloved “Karma Police” opens the same way I might expect anyone to cover the song. Then Tree reminds us that he is Tree and not an artist willing to do anything as expected. Following a bridge that Tree wrote himself, his version of “Karma Police” explodes into orchestral and avant-pop bliss. Although this version of the song is one I’m sure many Radiohead fans will dig, this is not Radiohead’s version. This is Tree.
In case you’re craving even more garage-rock from Manchester, Spring Kings may be your new favorite band. The stop motion video for their appropriately stuttering “V-V-V-Vampire” matches the frantic energy and fun of the group. It’s like cool, guys.
Noise-rap trio Clipping are poised to be a huge force in hip-hop working with a sound that finds a sweet spot between Shabazz Palaces neo-soul/afrofuturism with Death Grips’ sense of abrasion and energy. ”Bullshit” is one of the more palatable tracks from their excellent debut midcity and displays their ability to mix raw noise with swag-heavy rapping.
It’s been a long wait since we last heard from them but we still haven’t forgotten about the captivating sounds coming from UK trio A Yellow Man. They’ve finally ended the silent drought with an official name change to Hawk House and this new video for “Tidal Tendencies”. Like their early standout “3000 Miles of Youth”, “Tidal Tendencies” is a downtempo stunner that operates under a less is more ethos. For three gorgeously steady minutes, the trio take turns laying out deceptively casual verses rounded out by an r&b closer. Hawk House are combining hip-hop and r&b in ways similar to fellow UK natives Young Fathers and I couldn’t be more excited for more music from both groups as 2013 continues.