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Tag: There Are No Saints

A Month’s Worth of Records Worth Hearing

Just like the songs and music videos that came filtering out over the extended interim of this site’s regular coverage hiatus, killer records didn’t stop revealing themselves over that stretch of time. While, by their very nature, the titles that jumped out proved to be fewer than their more individually-minded counterparts, there was still a lot of outstanding material packed into the compilations, splits, EPs, 7″s, and full-lengths listed below. While this list — or any list — can’t claim to be truly representative of everything that came out, these acts are responsible for some of the best titles to have crossed this site’s path over the past six weeks:

Lushloss, Wet Lips, Talking Dog, Johnny Utah, See Through Dresses, Tundrastomper, Demure for Sure, VOIGHT-KAMPFF, STRFKR, City of Caterpillar, Horse Girl, Crumb, Friends of Cesar Romero, The Deslondes, Juiceboxxx, Ben Morey & The Eyes, The Crashers, Colour of Spring, Lillian King, Nearby Pastures, Cody & Danz, Siobhan Wilson, Fallow Land, Teddy and the Rough Riders, tunic, Flowers of Evil, Dream Version, Dove Lady, Eerie Gaits, Pill, Pawns, The Good Graces, Liam J Hennessy, [.que], Triptides, Aviator, and splits from Jeff Rosenstock and SkaSucks, Hinds and Los Nastys, Black Beach and Nice Guys, as well as an outstanding new compilation entry from Genius Loci.

Siobhan Wilson – Whatever Helps (Music Video)

Last week Amber Arcades, Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverOfflaga Disco Pax, Teen Daze, and Kaleidoscopic Horse all released great music videos. Emergent artist Siobhan Wilson also managed to turn in an arresting clip for the equally arresting “Whatever Helps”. Directed by Alistair Ogilvy and comprised of low-grade film footage that switches between a yellow-soaked hue and stark black-and-white, “Whatever Helps” is given an unnerving face that accentuates the song’s intrinsic uncertainty.

Incredibly dark in tone but deeply empathetic in delivery, “Whatever Helps” firmly establishes itself as one of 2017’s most gripping tracks and the video only heightens that arresting nature; it’s impossible to look away from something so unapologetic in its intimacy. Bruised and disconcertingly knowing, it sets a memorable tone for Wilson’s forthcoming There Are No Saints. If the rest of the material on the record lives up to “Whatever Helps”, it’ll be one of the year’s most unlikely — and most welcome — standouts .

Watch “Whatever Helps” below and pre-order There Are No Saints from Songs, by Toad here.