Alright, so it’s by my judgement and depends what’s available at the time on soundcloud. Hence there’re actually sixteen songs here… you’ll see at the end. I’ve added some self-explanatory, and some more imaginative descriptions, but don’t worry too much about reading those; better to just hit play and listen for yourself.
Artefact Siren – Simultaneously taut and ethereal, like a kite in a breeze.
Bryde Less – Always transfixing, her voice soars and rages with emotion on this tale of unequal love.
Chain Of Flowers Flesh Blood And Bone – Slightly more upbeat and jangly that we’re used to from this gloomy lot. I did say just slightly.
DISJOY Divided – Building starkly to crash in a wave of frenzied noise, ebb and repeat.
Estrons Strobe Lights – Boisterous shout-a-long from a bunch of Strangers.
Excellent Skeleton Think I’ll Run – Give it two listens and you’ll be singing this in your sleep, desperately trying to remember where you heard it.
Florence Black The One – Classic rock with a hint of grunge, for people who aren’t old enough to remember either.
GRAVVES My Pet Rihanna – I hope the pet in question is a Tasmanian devil crossed with a hurricane, as there’s no way this song is about a gerbil.
Himalayas Thank God I’m Not You – To be fair, I wouldn’t want to be anyone else if I could write songs like this, with so much venom yet compelling the listener to dance like nothing’s wrong.
The Immediate Not Shabby – Beneath some intriguing metaphors, is an uplifting ode to coping with less-than-perfect mental health.
Lastigband Jelo – The sound of a summer morning spent stumbling joyfully, maybe lightly intoxicated, through the Welsh countryside.
My Name Is Ian Fight, Drink And Die On TV – Cardiff’s new favourite late-night festival singalong. There’ll be tees with this on everywhere next.
Neurotic Fiction Generals – Gently choppy pop, like the sun sparkling off a breezy lagoon.
Silent Forum Trust – Relentlessly agitated post-indie* that you know just from listening is explosive live.
SUNS Wear Me Thin – This drowsily beautiful slice of summery bliss hides unexpectedly agonised lyrics.
And the bonus track: Twisted Ankle Netfix & Loathing – EP Eat A Phone was released last year, but wasn’t on soundcloud then to make the appropriate list; I wanted to give it a shout anyway, so here’s an extra.
*Term stolen from TRAAMS, I think it was.