Out today from Vancouver alt-rockers Poor Traits: ‘Psychiatric Ward’ is frontwoman Alex’s moving account of being gaslight in a toxic relationship.
Out today from London-via-Ukraine’s Morchella: ‘Woman of Now’ is the title track of her new EP, also out today. She tells us …
“‘Woman of Now’ was inspired by the simple idea that nothing really matters other than the present moment and there can be a lot of beauty in that – if you are able to stop and appreciate your surroundings. This is the mood I tried to capture in the instrumentation / production of the song, particularly the choruses, with the verses taking on a grittier tone. I was lucky to work with a very talented band who really helped bring this to life. The song was written before the pandemic, but I can certainly speak for myself that ‘living in the present’ has been a saving grace in these uncertain times when the future can be too scary to contemplate. Perhaps this is a sentiment that others can also relate to.”
LOUD WOMEN is delighted to bring you today the premiere of the beautiful and poignant new single from Themme Fatale. ‘The Girl That Never Was’ is out tomorrow:
“This song is about grappling with what reality could have been if I transitioned earlier. I used the metaphor of accidentally (or not?) killing a girl in a car accident because that’s what the hesitation feels like every day when I see my body mutilated by puberty.
The track is taken from forthcoming album Let’s Destroy Themme:
It’s basically a kind of DIY musical diary investigating dysphoria, self-sabotage, loneliness, etc., and letting all those negative feelings go. I’ve spent so long diminishing myself and putting myself down that I wanted to use it as an opportunity to let something go into the world that might be rough around the edges, but it expresses a lot of raw emotions in a cathartic way that I hope will resonate with people who feel similarly.
Themme Fatale describes themselves as “a nonbinary, genderless and genreless artist who uses their music to experiment with whatever they feel like”. Really looking forward to hearing this talented young artist’s album when it appears!
Out now from Ontario, Canada’s Monowhales: ‘BL/FF’ (Better Lovers / Fake Friends) is some instantly gratifying indie-pop, on the timeless theme of the booty call.
“Imagine a late night – your phone dings and you get that far too familiar message. “U up?” appears in that blue text bubble and you say “fuck it.” You jump in your car at 3am, and turn “BL/FF (Fake Friends)” up, surrounded by streetlights and heavy feelings of lust on your way to some spicy sleepover.”
(I mean, I hate to be your actual mum here and point out that there’s still a pandemic on, so, you know, be more careful than usual with that sort of behaviour. But we’ve all been there haven’t we? Oh I remember this one time in the summer of 2001, it was a warm night and … why are you making that face? Fine. Anyway. Take care out there, pups.)
Out now from Sweden’s FVRmind: ‘Onto You’ is taken from their forthcoming EP. One FFO Björk, Massive Attack, and Portishead.
“‘Onto you’ explores the mental wall some people build to protect themselves from getting hurt. The song is written from the perspective of someone on the outside trying to get in.”
New York’s Vaeda Black just dropped ‘Wake Up’, some fresh indie pop goodness. She tells us:
“I wrote wake up in my bedroom over quarantine. I had so much time on my hands and I was restless. I kind of felt like every day was the same. I would wake up, work, repeat almost every day. The only good thing about this time was that I was able to really explore my sound and work on writing…
Wake Up kind of encapsulates where my head was at during that time. Lyrically, I was just writing about how my hometown made me feel. Being there brings up a lot for me. It’s a place that I love, but also desperately want to run away from. I tried to incorporate that tension in the song. The verses are melodically simple, repetitive and monotone intentionally, to represent that “going through the motions” feel. The pre chorus and chorus are the release of that tension. My friends are really my escape from all of the bullshit that consumes my daily thoughts and feelings, so I also wanted to pay homage to them through this song.”