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DANIEL P. CARTER leads the charge in our guest-hosted new music round-up!
I’ve been asked to do a regular column about the stuff I am stoked on at the moment, alongside a few other faces you’ll recognise. So, I’ll be mainly talking about new bands and new music, but to be honest, I’ll probably end up going on about some older things that I am obsessed with, too (Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle are currently on unending repeat…).
But first, something new: møl. The band are from Aarhus in Denmark, and feature a couple of ex-antennas To Nowhere personnel. Since playing the song Penumbra from their upcoming Jord debut on my Radio 1 show, I’ve been stoked on this band. I actually spent a day in Reykjavik recently, and this album was the perfect soundtrack – glacial post-rock collapsing into icy black metal blasts. It’s epic and stirring stuff for fans of Deafheaven and Oathbreaker. It’s absolutely crushing.
In recent years the vibe of hip-hop shows has reminded me of early hardcore and metal shows. This is due to a bunch of recently-emerged artists that were raised as much on Slipknot and Manson as they were on Nas and Ye. The UK’S breakout artist in this world is Scarlxrd. The video for Heart Attack is at just under 22 million plays, and his Soundcloud, where he first started dropping mixtapes, is home to so many jams it’s crazy. I booked him to play The Pit at Reading & Leeds this year, and I already think it’s going to be one of the standout sets of the festival. Just watch.
I’ve also been really loving Selfish Things’ Vertical Love album. It’s soulful and heart-wrenching alt.rock that fans of Black Foxxes and Manchester Orchestra will dig. I did the artwork for the EP, which was an honour. As soon as I heard first tune 8147 Mulholland Terrace last year, I was in.
New Anglo-american champs Lowlives – made up of members of The Defiled, No Devotion, Amen and The Ataris – have just done a BBC Radio 1 Rock Show Session. They play straight-up raging post-grunge in a no-frills kind of way. The songs rule, and are delivered with such intensity. After their UK tour with The Used got pulled the other week they were kind of stranded here, so put a tour together in a few days and I got them in to do a Maida Vale session. You can still listen on iplayer for a bit. Go check out debut single Burn Forever – it’s a ripper.
Two EPS in and the new Sleep Token tunes I’ve been sent solidify the fact that his debut album will be killer. If you aren’t aware of him already, check out Nazareth from EP Two to get an idea of what this guy is doing. It’s like Deftones meets Kid A-era Radiohead, with incredibly soulful vocals amid beautifully-crafted songs. The masks and mystery surrounding him only add another layer to something that stands headand-shoulders above a lot of heavy and celebrated established bands. If Melancholia Hymns by Arcane Roots was one of your albums of last year, jump on this.
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“MØL ARE GLACIAL POST-ROCK AND ICY BLACK METAL” DANIEL P. CARTER
LOWLIVES: Anyone seen our pirate ship?
MØL: Whatever the camera had done, it really upset them
SELFISH THINGS: Okay, ready? Everybody smile…