Ash – Confessions in the Pool
ASH recently dropped a music video for Confessions in the Pool after breaking into the Top 20 Album charts with Islands back in May.
Lifted straight from the album, Confessions in the Pool personify Ash’s distinctive, newfound indie sound. Beginning their careers as a pop-punk band before the genre truly existed, Ash have been rocking out longer then I’ve been alive. The band have a long and diverse discography which seamlessly flicks between the lighter indie and heavier punk sounds.
Confessions in the Pool and it’s accompanying video tackle the contrast behind the ideas of social media and religion. In the video, a young man begins to trend on Twitter as people become obsessed with the idea that he is the Messiah. The video takes a darker turn when these manic fans attempt to get closer to the subject. The video takes some inspiration from philosophic films such as Mother! to create an ominous tone which is juxtaposed by the light-hearted and dancey tune.
You can check out the video here, and catch Ash as they perform a few intimate shows in Northern Ireland and London later this month!
BLUE STATUE – The Screen
This North-London post-punk band are making their mark. Forming earlier this year, the band is comprised of brothers Hayden and Aaron Brown, Mike Fox, and Ben Jasper, and boldly state that they are “amongst the most exciting new bands on the London rock scene today.”
Cutting their teeth with a number of local gigs (including two upcoming November shows) and a few singles under their belts, the band released their debut self-titled EP. The impressive collection of songs allow an in-depth look (and listen) to the bands natural talent which will only sharpen and improve in time.
The Screen is a song fuelled by fire and is a piece subtly brewing with rage which continually threatens to erupt. This short piece can do no more justice – check it out below.
SoundCloud is remarkable; musicians today have struck gold with music streaming platforms and never before has music been so easily accessible. Truth be told, there are some stale pieces littered throughout any website, but it’s possible to stumble across a stroke of brilliance every once in a while.
Saint Claire is one of those artists that you can find tucked away on a fairly small SoundCloud channel. Releasing music for over two years now, this independent artist has the vocal power and musical ability to become England’s newest pop sensation.
Her music feels deeply intimate and personal, and each song on her D2 EP sounds distinct and thematically unique. Her single I’ll Stay stands out as a power ballad that exhibits Saint Claire’s strong vocals and hair-raising instrumentals. Her modern cover of Elton John’s I’m Still Standing also serves as one of the best versions of the song.
Only time will tell if Saint Claire has the drive to rise through the UK charts, but I’m optimistic that this one will be big.