Title: To Think That You've Thought Of Me Lately
Artist: Auty Lynn
Auty Lynn- To Think That You’ve Thought Of Me Lately
Folk from London, Ontario.
It may seem a cop out to post music made by friends of mine, but I only do it because I genuinely enjoy what they do.
I first met Auty back in 2005. She was only just turning fourteen, but she already had a strong command of her musical talent. I can remember her playing covers on her acoustic guitar to our friends at parties. It was that same year that she began to write her own original material. These songs would go on to become her first album, released under the name Autumn Macher in 2010.
This song popped up recently, and perhaps it’s a mix of sentiment and the fact that it’s a familiar voice, but it really hit a nerve. Auty has one of the most gorgeous voices I’ve known, but it’s not overbearing. There is a vulnerability to her vocals that makes her songs sound so much more sincere.
She took a long break from music over the past few years, but has recently returned to playing live again and will hopefully be following up with new material.
This is from her album, Tiny.
Kenny Kenny Oh Oh- Add 60 Seconds (To The Bechdel Test)
Punk from Leipzig, Germany.
With a name that is apparently an ode to Le Tigre, it’s not too surprising that Kenny Kenny Oh Oh is heavily influenced by riot grrrl. Simple, upbeat, fast punk rock with a message. The musical aesthetic is still in place, with the lyrics addressing modern issues within feminism. This track in particular is a snarly reference of The Bechdel test, which, if you’re not already aware, measures the roles of women in fiction/entertainment. The song’s call of “add sixty seconds to my fucking presence!” pretty much sums up many people’s frustration with that subject. In the most fun and catchy way possible, of course.
This is from their self titled 7” release.
In School- Praxis of Hate
Hardcore punk from NYC.
This is the sort of band that should serve as a guideline to the genre. Fast, brash bursts of anger and energy. No nonsense.
Coming from a city that has had such a large influence on hardcore as a whole, there’s something very refreshing about In School- musically and politically. NYC HC has famously been known as a straight white boys club, and In School counteract that. One of the main attractions about punk as a whole is its relation to outsiders, and this band serves as a brilliant reaction within a scene that can, unfortunately, be a bit exclusive. Bidi Choudhury’s bold and aggressive vocals are quite traditional in a sense, but they still stand out.
This is from their EP of the same name, Praxis of Hate.
Nikki W- Transparent Hands
Pop/alternative from London, Ontario, Canada.
You might not believe it by her voice, but Nikki W is only sixteen years old. Not only that, but she has already been performing for years, joining her first band when she was just eleven. She formerly played under the name Orianna, which leaned more towards rock influences. This change in musical direction really enhances her songwriting ability. It also proves that her vocals could do well in any genre. The switch to her given name seems quite fitting considering the material seems to be coming from a very personal place.
Nikki W fancies herself as an old soul, but for someone to be where she is at that age, it will be interesting to see what her future holds.
This is from her upcoming EP, Sad Generation.
Lo-fi garage/surf pop from Madrid, Spain.
I need to credit this post to my friend Carl, who runs the radio show A Cellarful of Noise. It was featured on his most recent episode.
When I first heard it, I thought it was some older, rare gem from the late 60s that had never made its way out of the underground. What a nice surprise it was to find out afterwards that this was released last month! It was even greater to discover that they’re playing London in the upcoming weeks.
The two songs from their demo both portray a pretty chilled out vibe in a genre that is more known for being fast paced and upbeat. I’m interested in hearing what else they plan to do. For now, this seems like the perfect soundtrack for the end of a long night.