Ease into the week with GUM’s fornightly playlist. September is creeping to it’s end and with October comes Official Autumn. But delay that extra wooly jumper and forgo the fervent beard-growing as GUM brings you tracks that will envelope you like a warm bath. If you’re always getting caught in the rain (but remain indifferent to pina coladas), have a listen and remind yourself it might never happen.
[ONE] Julia Holter emerges with ‘Tragedy’, her most recent album that is simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. In track ‘Try To Make Yourself A Work of Art’, a cacophonous blend of elegant melodies and white noise create an abstract, droning backdrop upon which her sparse vocal are laid. This is is the fine line between classical ambience and Dada-ist nightmare.
[TWO] The Duke Spirit’s new single ‘Surrender’ is pure rock-originated indie pop. There are none of the acoustic guitars and synths that have recently formed the basis of this genre. Not to say that this is regressive in it’s style, but rather a return to the heavy guitar chords and wholesome drums that have been missing of late. The greatest enjoyment however lies in the warm, textured rasping of Liela Moss and her unwaning dedication to the black leather, tattoo, eyeliner aesthetic.
[THREE] Producer Blawan keeps his stuff close to his heart, with only around 4 releases since last year. This only serves to heighten the hype surrounding his work as track ‘Getting Me Down’, released on about 3 golden vinyls, sold out in as many seconds. Exaggeration aside, his new EP ‘Peaches’ will be dropped “soon” on Clone Records. It clearly reveals his surprising taste for techno but still retains that funky tone that is just so distinctively Blawan. Cool people will probably call it ‘sick’, but I’ll just stick to good old ‘bangin”.
[FOUR] Singer Rachel Sermanni hails from the Scottish Highlands and it’s possible to hear the landscapes of the North translated into her sonic whimsy. Whisked up in the folk resurgence, it would be easy to compare her to Laura Marling but Sermanni’s is a style of a more uncontrived traditional, Scottish one. ‘Song For a Fox’ displays this gentle balladry perfectly and brushes away all those autumn cobwebs.