Incoming music – SILVERBACKS, LARS ERIC MATTSSON, JAY BLANES

Silverbacks release their debut album ‘Fad’ on July 17. Following a string of single releases over the last 18 months, the band have been picking up attention on both sides of the Atlantic, being named Stereogum’s Band To Watch, a Song of The Day on KEXP, tipped in Paste’s bands for 2020, and making their BBC 6 Music breakthrough as recent single ‘Dunkirk’ made it onto the playlist.

It is not to shabby indie rock, for an old ‘un like me reminds me of the Pixies in parts. There are some frankly odd musical interludes, although ‘Travel Lodge Punk’ is a great song title. To be fair the female fronted songs work best, like ‘Up The Nurses’ (see below), as I couldn’t warm to the male vocalist. Worth a listen and they are building up a decent pile of media praise too.

New video from Lars Eric Mattsson, a 2002 version of ‘Let Me Rock You’ from the album ‘Take Me Home 1985-87’, out now on Lion Music. Fantastic guitarist, not overly taken on his vocals but the playing is top notch.

Barcelona-native, 22-year-old Jay Blanes moved to London in July 2019 to become a full-time musician. Passionate about many genres, such as pop, jazz, indie, rock or R&B, Jay decided to refocus his efforts on commercial indie-folk. Good job he did too as this five song EP is most enjoyable. There are the slower, introspective songs ‘I’m Sorry’ and ‘There Was A Song’ (reminded me of Billy Lockett), which sit along the breezy pop of ‘Take You Home’ and the pop/folk of ‘Natalie’.

Worth checking out, Jay Blanes will be a name to watch with interest to see how his music develops from this very assured starting point.

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