New Music Friday 04/03/2022

Words: Andrea Naess

It’s Friday again and you know what’s on the menu: some good tunes for you all. And LDN is once again ready to guide you through the best music. Stay tuned for The 139, PIXIES, TOOL, Wet Leg and Tourist.

1. The 139 – Feeling Blue

From Bristol, The 139 are a new four-piece entering the indie-rock scene. The band have already received glorious reviews, including from BBC Radio Bristol who described ‘Feeling Blue’ as a “huge debut”. LDN couldn’t agree more. The song brings up topics like rejection, overthinking and reminiscing, which we all can relate to. ‘Feeling Blue’ is like a warm hug of sympathy. 

2. PIXIES – Human Crime

Pixies return with their first single since September 2020, and it’s a firecracker of a song. Since forming back in 1986, the Boston-based band has had huge success all over the world and influenced Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. ‘Human Crime’ is sweet and catchy, and it has that classic-sounding Pixies feeling. You don’t want to miss this!

3. TOOL – Opiate²

Next up is the mysterious US prog metal band TOOL. Their newest release ‘Opiate ²’ is an extended version of the original single ‘Opiate’ from 1992. Along with the song, there’s a music video that’s just as weird as we’d expect. The song has a signature extended instrumental part which helps build up the tension for lead singer Maynard James Keenan’s screaming at the end. Out now via RCE records.

4. Wet Leg – Angelica 

“They’re one of those new bands whose sound and aesthetic seem to have arrived fully formed, promising exciting if totally unpredictable things to come” is how The New York Times described the brilliant English indie-rock duo Wet Leg. Their latest single ‘Angelica’ is a trippy, psychedelic rock masterpiece, and it’s the type of song that makes you want to get up and jump around.

5. Tourist – Your Love

The electronic musician and songwriter Tourist has won a GRAMMY for co-writing the massively successful song ‘Stay With Me’ for Sam Smith, back in 2015. He has also written for other big names like Avicii, and now he’s back with the lo-fi house treat, ‘Your Love’. The song is vibey and inspirational and has a great, thought-provoking video directed by experimental filmmaker Duncan Loudon (Slowthai, Skepta, Denzel Curry) to go with it.