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Tracks of 2015 (20-11)

30-21  –  20-11  –  10-1  –  EPs & albums

20 Tuff Love - Duke20 Tuff Love – Duke [Lost Map]

Eerie harmonic vocals combine with jangling rhythmic guitar to produce elusive lo-fi sounds in ‘Duke’, arguably the pick of the tracks featured on two wondrous EPs fro Tuff Love in 2015. The lyrics are meshed in amongst distorted melodies, the chorus is catchy, but not so infectious that you won’t want to set your player to repeat. What’s most impressive with Tuff Love is their ability to craft expert musicality and sophistication while sounding like a comforting dream-cloud and ‘Duke’ is prime example of this. (Rachel Cunningham)

19 SACRED PAWS - Vince19 SACRED PAWS – Vince [Rock Action]

SACRED PAWS deliver short, sharp blows in the offbeat ‘Vince’, which feels a little raw, but this only adds to the band’s charm and personality. The girls mix cross-rhythms and shimmering guitar to create an energetic melody, which they impressively manage to not only keep up with, but also delicately arrange, multi-layered vocals that end in superb harmonies. The track’s post-punk, poly-rhythmic approach to percussion really packs a punch! (Jess Lavin)

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18 Reverieme - Plankton18 Reverieme – Plankton [9th Story]

The dreamy passages of Louise Connell aka Reverieme’s Or Else The Light EP was a hauntingly wonderful depiction of love and loss and the strummed ukulele of ‘Plankton’ shone out at the release’s standout. You can’t help but be arrested by the expression in Connell’s voice, a heart wrenching juxtaposition of defeat and hope. Her declaration that the song’s afflatus is “…so much like a planktonic woman” is a devastating indictment aimed to show how passivity can be as damaging as jealousy and similar emotions within any relationship.

17 Adam Stafford - Atheist Money17 Adam Stafford – Atheist Money [Song, by Toad]

It may have came out early in 2015, but as with the majority of Adam Stafford’s releases ‘Atheist Money’ stayed in the memory well up to the end of the year and will continue this with its feature on 2016 full length Taser Revelations. Stafford is always one for the finer details and this is no different, ‘Atheist Money’ is full of the all the wonder and beauty you’d expect as churning loops build up to spectacular heights and soar back down; powerful, powerful stuff.

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16 Youngstrr Joey - Michael16 Youngstrr Joey – Michael [Number4Door]

The opener and stand out track on Cal Donelly aka Youngstrr Joey’s Cheerleader, release earlier in the year, ‘Michael’ possesses rumbling lo-fi guitars and a chorus that will be stuck in your head for days. It’s not entirely clear who exactly Donelly’s Michael is, but that’s the beauty of it – everyone has their own version of Michael who they want to show them “how to be cool”.

15 Hudson Mohawke - Ryderz15 Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz [Warp]

It’s no surprise that HudMo’s ended up with two tracks in this list, Lantern was positively hoatching with potential bangers and ‘Ryderz’ could easily be the pick of the bunch, as Birchard builds on a D.J. Rogers soul cut and lets it be, well for a minute or so, before he demonstrates just why he’s one of the best maximalist producers out there right now, bringing out every tool in his electronic box to produce a piece of wonder that drops perfectly out of nowhere and has you screaming “watch out for the ryderz” at the top of your lungs.

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14 CARBS - Stick A Flake In Me (I’m Done)14 CARBS – Stick A Flake In Me (I’m Done) [Save As]

Never would I have thought “Mr. Whippy” and “Margaret Thatcher” be paired in a sentence. This is just one of the many elegantly constructed lines in ‘Stick a Flake in Me (I’m Done)’ that has been cased in a re-worked version of an old ice cream van theme tune. The child-like perspective pairs well with the Gameboy-style melody, which is magically presented in a series of syncopated beats and pleasing harmonies. CARBS’ single is a playful gem that will take the edge of any bad day and give you a wee education in ice cream to boot. (Rachel Cunningham)

13 BDY_PRTS - Cold Shoulder13 BDY_PRTS – Cold Shoulder

‘Cold Shoulder’ presents a sleek, fresh and futuristic pop sound; essentially the antithesis of most things Scottish. Regardless, Jill and Jenny sing with their accents proudly on show like weird, Caledonian android sisters (despite one of them having a noticeable, yet beautiful American twang). It begins with minimal percussive drum machine elements bouncing around under crunchy power chords before sprawling into a distant and expansive chorus section that conjures the imagine of Neo-Glasgow invented in the mind of a manga artist. While the vocal harmonies are notably affecting and effective, the single’s standout feature is its marriage of raw analog guitars with clean and clinical digital production; this painterly sound choice creates interesting dynamics above the simple song form. BDY_PRTS have a sound unlike any other band this year and ‘Cold Shoulder’ exemplifies this achievement. (Liam Gingell)

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12 Man of Moon - The Road12 Man of Moon – The Road [Melodic]

At the tail end of 2014 we caught Man of Moon for the first time, playing to a smattering of people as the opening act for Merchandise at Stereo, even then their intelligent slow burning grooves and guarded yet gritty vocals were impressive. This year they seem to have come on leaps and bounds and debut single ‘The Road’ is the jewel in the band’s year, the building instrumentals crash into huge noise, in as catchy and addictive a way as possible and has us eagerly waiting for more in 2016.

11 Dune Witch Trails - Goldenrod Cigar11 Dune Witch Trails – Goldenrod Cigar

‘Goldenrod Cigar’ is completely symbolic of what Dune Witch Trails do so well. The loose off kilter guitars lay the foundation for the equally as slack vocal delivery. Clocking in at just over two minutes, it captivates you in its organised mayhem and simplicity. Dune Witch Trails are one of the most exciting guitar bands out at the moment and ‘Goldenrod Cigar’ is the perfect introduction.

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30-21  –  20-11  –  10-1  –  EPs & albums

Sacred Paws (EP launch) at Mono, 26/3/15

Making a statement are Glasgow/London based two-piece Sacred Paws with Rachel Aggs on guitar and Eilidh Rodgers on drums.

Despite the long-distance collaboration, the band has recently launched 6 Songs, the aptly named EP.

Reminiscent of bands like the Runaways or The Slits, Sacred Paws combine precision with rough-edged vocals to offer a new addition to the scene.

‘Vince’ is a strong opener, in perpetual triplet form; followed by ‘I Wonder’, ‘Shirley’, ‘Try Again’, ‘Ice Pop’ and ‘San Diego’.

The pair brings a fresh energy to the stage with over lapping vocals giving a sense of the free spirit in their tracks with the offbeat, cross-rhythms and shimmering guitar features.

Like fighting against the tide, you’re never quite convinced the vocals will manage to catch the instrumental before the track ends.

There’s a beautiful anticipation of when and how each track will evolve, and with each ending you’re feeling eager, left hanging, and waiting for the next one to drop in.

The band have developed an established following in Glasgow and are gaining attention nationwide; if you do nothing else give this one a listen, 6 songs later you’ll never look back.

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Words: Rachel Cunningham
Photos: Nadia Mudoch

Sacred Paws – Six Songs [Rock Action]

Released on Rock Action this March after a lengthy wait; it was first announced that Sacred Paws would be released by the label over a year ago.

That being said singer/guitarist Rachel Aggs has been busy with Trash Kit and Shopping, both releasing albums.

Certain post-punk guitar DNA (by which this writer means UK ‘indie’ guitar from 1978 – 1982ish) has bled into Sacred Paws from these other bands, however the guitar lines though having a clean wiry tone are jaunty.

This coupled with the up beat snare drum centric based beats of Eilidh Rodgers (also of Golden Girls) make Six Songs have a playful polyrhythmic feel that is as refreshing as a tropical breeze it suggests; especially when compared to the more standard 4/4 bands who attempt at such escapism.

Catchy tracks like ‘Vince’ and ‘I Wonder’ are recognisable from the energetic live sets that have been seen in Glasgow.

The EP is a fine document of these and equally impressive is how distinct an identity Sacred Paws have created from the members’ other projects.

The vocals of both members lift the songs above what most two-piece bands would do with their arrangements; supporting and harmonising until individual melodies are running against each other.

All this while not sounding too thought out or that it is stressing the band in the slightest; how very impressive.

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Live review: Cry Parrot and Tracer Trails presents Music is the Music Language (Day 2) at The Kinning Park Complex and the Grand Ole Opry, 2/9/12

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