The Fresh Five: Cate Le Bon, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Aldous Harding, Curtis Harding, Alice Phoebe Lou
For the Fresh Five we pick out five great new(ish) jams that we’re currently obsessing over.
I am super stoked for Welsh artist Cate Le Bon’s forthcoming record Pompeii (2/4 Mexican Summer), especially given both singles from it are fantastic. “Moderation” was one of my favorite songs of 2021, and the latest “Remember Me” is synthy art pop excellence.
Are we in the midst of a dub revival? Pachyman’s dub opus The Return of Pachyman was one of my favorite records last year. Now Australian rock wizardry collective King Giz just released this excellent track, partnering with Jamaican legend Scientist. Two instances does not a trend make, but one can hope.
Aldous Harding is one of the most talented songwriters out there right now. The New Zealand-born, UK-residing artist has a new album, Warm Chris, slated for March 25th (via 4AD). One of the record’s singles “Lawn” was just released and it’s an intriguing listen.
Curtis Harding – I Won’t Let you downThrowback R&B/soul had its peak around ten years or so back, but don’t tell that to Georgia’s Curtis Harding. He released If Words Were Flowers last Fall and it features this standout. Fans of Daptone take note.
This one has been out for almost a year now but just recently crossed my radar. German artist Alice Phoebe Lou makes art pop tinged with elements of jazz. Her record Glow is great and features this titular standout single.