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.
Around two years ago I put together a list of thirty tracks to laze around with on warm sunny days. Each summer I’m updating it, and since today was the first properly bright one of the year I’ve had free I’ve added loads more and re-organised everything – so I thought I’d share it with you.
ARTEFACT – The Morrigan
Re-recording of a track from their demo, this version features on forthcoming debut album Votive Offering out 1st February.
Beach Fatigue – Only You
Stand-alone single, released on cassette with bonus songs and live versions of some album tracks.
Birdcage – Premonition
From recent fourth EP, Let Me Think.
Bryde – Wouldn’t That Make You Feel Good?
Second single from EP 2.
Estrons – I’m Not Your Girl
Alright, if you follow new Welsh music you will have already heard EP She’s Here Now, but I could hardly leave this off.
GRAVVES – Tribes
Lead single from debut EP Rattle, which will be out 10th February.
Himalayas – Ecstasy
Title track from their debut EP, available now.
HODAD – Running
From 1001 Dads Per Second, also check out recent EP Surface.
Pale Angels – You Don’t Dance
Second album Daydreaming Blues out now.
Tibet – There Is A Place
Latest single, following double EP Above The Moon earlier in the year.