New Music – Manou, Flower Boy, Winter Aid
New music from Germany, Los Angeles and Dublin
16 year old Sophia Manou is throwing shapes and showing form well beyond her tender years. “Sadie”, the debut track from the half-German, half-British kid, is full of sassy indie-pop and low-slung r’n’b. Expect more from Manou soon-ish now that she’s also working with producer John “P*nut” Harrison (Amy Winehouse, Eliza Doolittle, Foxes etc).
Describing themselves as “dream grunge for flower punks”, Los Angeles trio Flower Boy’s debut track “Lemonade” is a lush, gorgeous, supersmart slice of hazy-pop. While the musical drift is perfectly in synth with 2013, it’s Kaitlynn Lucas’ vocals which will really make you tune in.
Fans of ace music blogs will have come across Shane Culloty’s Torture Garden in the past, but he’s now moving from keyboard to microphone. “The Wisp Sings” EP for Bluestack contains Culloty’s debut moves as Winter Aid and its three tracks are full of beautifully low-key atmospherics, folky asides and alluring chamber-pop potential.