LMSUKmedia Top Picks: What we’re listening to – Week 3
The Black Keys – Lo/Hi
“Lo/Hi,” the Black Keys’ first song in five years, opens with a revitalised shout from Auerbach, but it sounds like no time has passed at all. From the opening growling riff, it’s clear The Black Keys are operating just as expected. There’s a massive chorus, with studio howls and uplifting backing vocals. It’s the soundtrack to the type of party that doesn’t exist anymore, but one you still wish you were cool enough to get the invite to.
Louis Tomlinson – Two of us
Former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson honoured his late mother on his poignant new song, “Two of Us.” Tomlinson’s mother died in 2016, and “Two of Us” finds the singer both grappling with grief and striving towards hope amidst a swell of strings, piano and booming drums. While listening to this song, you find yourself feeling lost within the passionate energy behind the lyrics & can’t help but feel a strong emotional connection from the very first listen.
Sam Fender – Hypersonic Missiles
The track is the Tyneside musician’s first new music of 2019 and follows recent singles ‘Dead Boys’ and ‘Play God’. In a press release, Fender explained the name of the song was inspired by a “newly developed Russian missile that travels at something like nine times the speed of sound.” This summer, he will play numerous festivals throughout the UK and Europe before releasing his debut album (release TBA).
Foals – Sunday
Sunday embodies the sleepiness of its title before exploding with the kind of energy that feels a lifetime away come Monday morning. The track seems light years away from the riff heavy rock vibes that resonated from last album “What Went Down”. The chilled out melody is deeply fixed within the track and is a very simple, easy listening track.
Vistas – Eighteen
Vistas take us back to the unforgettable times of our youth as they share ‘Eighteen’, the next part to their highly anticipated debut EP. The Edinburgh trio have been catapulted into a position of being one of this year’s brightest prospects, Thanks to a steady stream of catchy, radio-friendly, indie-rock hits. Also their ability to make feet tap has earned them lucrative support slots for the likes of Circa Wave & Bloxx, along with their own headline tour coming up in May and June.