New Music Friday 1/04/2022

Words: Andrea Naess

It’s finally April and on top of that April fools’ day! But LDN does not fool around when it comes to giving you the weekly new music… So, get ready for King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Lauran Hibberd, Yot Club, Waxflower and King Princess.

1. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Magenta Mountain

The Australian psychedelic rock band King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard just released their ‘Magenta Mountain’, and we are almost too stunned to speak of this masterpiece. It’s playful, joyful and with a synth makes you want to skydive into a rainbow. The song is accompanied by a great video of a live performance of the song in their very own NYE festival ‘Timeland’, as a viewer you feel like you’re right therebecause of the camera moving through the crowd. This is the type of performance that scratches your brain in the right ways, and if you would like to see them live, they are coming to London on August 26 at the All Points East Festival in Victoria Park.

2. Lauran Hibberd – Still Running (5K)

 “Queen of slacker pop…if these bopping tunes are any indication, her next steps should be followed very closely” described Dork, Lauran Hibberd and LDN agrees with this statement too. “All my friends sipping champagne with their fiancé, and I’m still running the same 5K” sings the queen of slacker pop, and we think this is a feeling we all can relate to, in one way or another. Sometimes in life, you feel like everyone else is getting married, getting their dream job and being successful while you’re still doing the same thing every day (‘still running that 5K’), and it’s nice to hear someone express this frustration, like Lauran Hibberd does, in such a catchy way. Out now via Virgin Music.

3. Yot Club – u dont kno me

Our next song is a perfect choice for a day out in the park, or when you want to brush dust off that skateboard that has been laying around in your garage for too long. The song we are talking about is from the lo-fi indie-pop artist Yot Club with ‘u don’t kno me’. Packed with lush synths and hazy vocals, the track is about being stuck in an endless, monotonous routine. Everybody can recognize this feeling one way or another, in this modern society we live in. The video is very feelgood in the sense of it being very 80s nostalgic, we see a lot of people driving racing cars and enjoying themselves out in the sun. The Nashville-based artist has previously had major success on TikTok with his single ‘YKWIM?´, and we can’t wait to hear what he releases next too.

4. Waxflower – The Drama Scene

Brisbane-based Waxflower released their latest single ‘The Drama Scene’, which is a part of their sophomore EP ‘The Sound of What Went Wrong’, and it’s set to release April 29th via Rude Records! ‘The Drama Scene’ sounds like a good combination between the classic Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’ and Fall Out Boy, and it’s nice to hear someone that reminds you of this epic emo-rock era. The band’s frontman Tristan Higgison has this to say about the song: “The Drama Scene is a reflection of my social life at the time. There was just so much negativity swirling around, and I was contributing to that. I was generally unhappy; the song is me airing out some of the agitations I had with where my own actions were placing me.”

5. King Princess – For My Friends

The fabulous indie-pop artist King Princess from Brooklyn, NY returns with her latest ‘For My Friends’, and LDN thinks the song is nothing but heart-warming and beautiful. In a world full of plastic, high-budget music videos we think this video is a breath of fresh air, because it comes across as so authentic and genuine, as the viewer tags along on a journey through laughter and tears with King Princess’ friend group. They do everything together, they laugh, drink, argue, puke, pee in the woods, and makeup again and it makes us want to be a part of this friend group too. King Princess has had major success throughout her relatively short career and has made a name for herself in the LGBTQ+ community, where the magazine Queerty named her among 50 heroes “leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people”. All of us here are definitely rooting for King Princess, and ‘For My Friends’ is the perfect track to accompany your Friday.