[song] JERKA – Lustigkurren

Photo by Stina Norberg

When not performing in the garage-tinged indie band Gula Blend, Malmö DIY musician Jesper Pettersson puts out great solo stuff as JERKA, where he can freely experiment with his sound and ideas.

After releasing a self-titled debut album in 2022, Jesper is now back with the fresh single “Lustigkurren” (Swedish for character/joker/wisecracker). It is a fuzzy, heady garage stomper that goes big and that is best played really-really loud.

Listen below and get the track here.

[video] Pozi – Failing

Pozi, the trio of Rosa Brook, Toby Burroughs, and Tom Jones, is back with a new album, following 2021’s Typing EP. Titled Smiling Pools (pre-order), it’s out May 19 via PRAH Recordings.

The new single is already out (it follows the previously released “Slightly Shaking Cells”), an inventive and forward-thinking “Failing”, which as described, grapples with how 12 years of Tory power have entrenched people in the UK with homelessness, poverty and division.

It is unveiled together with the music video, a collaboration between Kate Bilbow (2D animation and storyboard) and Toby Burroughs (stop motion and post-production)

Watch below.

[song] David Brewis – Surface Noise

Having already shared singles “Start Over” and “The Last Day”, David Brewis gives us another taster of his upcoming album with the jazzy avant-folk number “Surface Noise”. It follows the all-acoustic direction of his latest songs and sounds fresh and new yet unmistakably his.

He says the following about the track: “I read Surface Noise as a kind of tour around the east end of Sunderland, feeling dejected and windswept. The Astral Weeks influence is fairly explicit on this track, albeit tempered with a denser string arrangement and all played on top of a swung 6/8 rhythm which I probably first heard on John Coltrane’s version of My Favourite Things”.

The Soft Struggles is set for release on February 24 and would be out on the new record label run by David and his brother Peter (who perform also as Field Music), Daylight Saving Records (an amazing Thy Socialite! by SLUG released last Friday was the first release on it).

David will also perform three shows in support of the record. All the dates will feature a full ten-piece band with most of the players from the record — David himself, Peter (drums), Sarah Hayes (flute/piano), Faye MacCalman (sax/clarinet), John Pope (double bass), Field Music’s regular string quartet plus Eve Cole singing. Dates as follows:

May 5 – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
May 6 – Customs House, South Shields
June 2 – Kings Place, London

Listen to the song below and pre-order the LP.

[song] Sløtface – Nose

Now led by the group’s figurehead Haley Shea (ex-members Lasse Lokøy and Tor-Arne Vikingstad left the band earlier to focus on new passions outside the group), Sløtface return with another smasher “Nose”.

She now describes the project as a creative collective working with different musicians, songwriters and producers to explore what Sløtface can sound like. A truly exciting and intriguing prospect for fans of the band!

The song is released alongside the announcement of the new EP Awake / Asleep, scheduled for release on February 24 through Propeller Recordings. It would also include the previously aired singles “Come Hell or Whatever”, “Beta” and “HAPPY”.

Check out the track below and get it here.

[album] We Are Scientists – Lobes

An eighth album from We Are Scientists is full of surprises. Partly it was recorded around the same time as they did their previous LP Huffy, but a change of direction is very obvious here. There were cool experiments earlier, like “Bought Myself A Grave”, but on Lobes they go full-on dark pop/disco/dance rock, with such new anthems as “Human Resources” (easily the best song here), “Less From You”, “Operator Error” and many more.

This does not mean that if you liked the past work then Lobes won’t work for you. On the contrary, the new songs will for sure satisfy existing fans as they feature those good old gigantic hooks and the group’s signature charm, but they might also help the band to expand its audience with fresh ideas. An amazing achievement and result for indie veterans who have been performing on stage for almost 25 years now.

Stream below and buy the record here.