TGA’s weekly roundup of the best new music brings you Tanya Montanna Coe, Pixx, Gin Wigmore and more…
This is the first of many weekly new music roundups – and we hope you enjoy the selection of singles as much as we’ve enjoyed curating it. While we’re limiting this to five singles a week, we welcome your selections in the comments box below – feel free to guide us towards things we may have missed.
Tanya Montanna Coe – Silver Bullet
The progeny of Outlaw Country legend, David Allan Coe – Tanya is no stranger to growing up in a musical household. ‘Silver Bullet’ is the first single from her LP which was recorded in the “secret studio” where Jack White produced Loretta Lynn’s 2004 album Van Lear Rose.
While the singer apes moments of Mazzy Star and Ryan Adams at her most acoustic there’s also more bite seen in the Fiona Apple ‘Criminal’ era production – helped by having Shane Tutmarc at the production helm. If you like 90s infused acoustic miserablism (in the best possible way), with some bittersweet heartfelt moments, this is for you.
Pixx – Fall In
The artist formerly known as Pix is the alter ego of 19 year old Hannah Rodgers from Chipstead, Surrey. The BRIT school graduate has already inked a deal with 4AD (home of Blonde Redhead and Cocteau Twins) and is bringing her brand of melancholic songwriting to audiences across the UK.
Her debut EP Fall In is slated for release August 28th and mixes the acoustic loveliness of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell – with the more industrial imbued edge of Apex Twin. In this case, hearing really is believing. And you will be hearing a lot more from Pixx this year.
Shopping – Why Wait?
London post-punk trio Shopping return with ‘Why Wait?’ the first single from their second album Why Choose slated for release in October via FatCat Records. Having played together for three years now, the band have certainly cemented their sound – drawing comparisons with every punk stalwart from the Slits and Gang of Four to ESG and Delta 5.
Here are some things you may or may not know about the band; they’re made up of ex-Wet Dog and Trash Kit members and chances are – if you’re into punk – you’ve probably already seen the band who are no strangers to touring the UK circuit. ‘Why Wait?’ is the result of that confidence as Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums) prove once again why they are masters of their craft.
Gin Wigmore – New Rush
With a voice that marries Macy Gray and Beth Gibbons – Gin Wigmore returns with her new single ‘New Rush’. Self-produced and taken from her new album Blood To Bone – Gin has been busy co-writing with Charlie Andrew (the producer behind Alt J’s Mercury nominated debut) and DJ Khalil (who worked with Kendrick Lamar on much of Good Kid Maad City). While she still champions the retro soul that has seen her compared to Amy Winehouse, ‘New Rush’ takes a more electronic turn, akin to the likes of Kanye’s 808s And Heartbreak electro-soul crooner Rhye. There’s always been real, credible diversity to Gin Wigmore and the new single is no exception.
Stephanie O – Skyline
Taken from her Alive EP released on Loop the Loop Records, Stephanie O – otherwise known as Stephanie O’Brien – has been wowing critics and fans alike with her mesmerising emotional nadirs for the past few years. Her new single ‘Skyline’ has everything we come to expect from the singer including her down tempo laments and beautiful heartfelt lyrical yearnings. Written with Tom Cameron and produced by Dennish White the singer has had musical comparisons thrust at her from artists as diverse as Joanna Newsome and St Vincent. On ‘Skyline’ however, the singer has definitely found her own voice. Beautiful.