In this week's NME, Alex G tells Radar that he developed his knobbly, homespun indie sound "in a self-taught bubble". Unreleased track 'Soaker' is a perfect example of what the 21-year-old Philadelphian songwriter – whose full name is Alex Giannascoli – means. Recorded in the bedroom in which he made 'DSU', his recently released UK debut, 'Soaker' is pulled along by a soft guitar riff and Alex's conversational lyrics. He says that its "All I ever do is soak through you" line is inspired by frustration: "It's about a relationship where I just couldn't connect with something.
This week's Buzz section in Radar sees us big up The Symposium, who've risen from the same Chicago scene as The Orwells and Twin Peaks.
"Wait until we find our feet," promises Hannah Lou Clark on 'Kids In Heat', slurring over a lonely guitar grind that teeters between sweetness and something more sinister. It certainly sounds like she's found hers on new EP 'Silent Type', spinning a Bukowskian tale of numb suburban ennui ("you can see the doldrums in our faces," she growls on its mesmerising title track) around gently crunching chords and breathy, lilting vocals, like a punch-drunk Polly Harvey.
This week's buzz playlist features cuts from our Radar Band Of The Week, Bad Breeding (above), as well as Aussie rockers Doctopus, who've been touring the States with mates Pond to wild acclaim recently. Elsewhere there's a live cut from Sheer Mag, who are one of my favourite new bands to have emerged over the past year. Their recent Bandcamp seven inch is 10/10 in my book (stream it here). From closer to home we've got Peluche, who are on London's RIP Records, and Captured Tracks latest signing Mourn.
If you’ve read a think piece about music this month there’s a 30 per cent chance maverick pop label PC Music was the subject. It specialises in hyper-fizzy fluorescent trance pop music that's more sugary than a Red Bull ice lolly. While I’m not gonna talk about the label as a whole – much better writers and thinkers have tackled it – I did want to heap praise upon the more trad-dance representative of the PC massive, Kane West. Kane first popped up in a Tiga remix contest having a whale of a time on an incredibly cheap synth.