ICYMI : August (Siv Jakobsen, Adam & Elvis, Geowulf, Sanchez 77)

We approach that point between summer and autumn, where upbeat pop anthems linger, jostling for attention as the sunset fades making way for something a little heavier.  But what then, to take us into the second half of the year.  Here are four more artists you may have missed in a busy August…

Folk is strongest when it feels autumnal and Siv Jakobsen‘s new single “Berry & Whythe” has all the right ingredients to tickle the tastebuds of folk fans of either trad- or alt- persuasion.  It oozes with that 1960s feel, mixing Nick Drake arrangement and Joni Mitchell delivery.  Born in Norway, Jakobsen sings here of her time living in New York.  ‘This song sort of transports me back to my months living there, in my tiny room in a shared apartment,’ she says. ‘Lyrically it speaks of leaving my time there behind, sort of burying it between Berry & Whythe, where I used to live, and wanting to leave it all there.’  The song is taken from the album The Nordic Mellow and you can catch her on a European tour over the remainder of 2017.  You can get a taste on the new acoustic video to the song here.

For something a little darker, meet Adam & Elvis.  The art-punk band from Reading release their debut album, Through Snow and Small Talk on 29 September.  Despite the name, there are five of them, though the songwriting duties come from brothers Patrick and Tom Malone.  New single “Wasting Away” showcases their oddbeat, irreverent style and would not be out of place on Ocean Rain, the seminal album from Echo and the Bunnymen.

Shoegaze is another genre that evokes certain seasons in its mood.  Geowulf scratch the surface of the genre with reverb-heavy vocals but this is purely pop and “Drink too much” is a catchy, just the right side of cool late summer anthem to play as the sun goes down.  Following their debut EP in May 2017 the Australian duo will release their debut album early 2018.

Birmingham (UK) duo, Sanchez 77 take the ingredients of many post-punk artists and acts from that late 70s period and add their own take on it.  They have just released STOP LOOK LISTEN, an LP version of their three EPs from the last year (available on Bandcamp) with a couple of bonus tracks thrown in.  As a whole the album flows well, mixing their usual short, snappy Wire-influenced ditties with a few new styles (some highlights being the ska romp of “Round and Round” and the brooding, ominous synth-driven “Politics”).  There’s something here for everyone, whether paranoid millennial or retro nostalgist.  Here’s their final single “Swipe Right” about online dating.  Sanchez 77 on Facebook

 

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