New Music – Lorde, Trill Pill, Hands
OTR’s new music picks this week with acts from New Zealand, London and Los Angeles
16 year old New Zealand kid turning heads with a debut EP full of dramatic, strong and very hooky pop. Tips of the hat to Lykke Li and Santigold for sure, but there’s enough idiosyncratic buzz on tunes like “Royals” and “Biting Down” to make any pop fan purr with delight.
West London kid whose tunes are already showing huge leaps in imagination and musical suss. “QTotDH” is the one with the special sauce right now, full of intriguing funky twists and turns, but “Worm In Horseradish” shows he has a voice and sound to be reckoned with.
Los Angeles band Hands will win you over with gorgeous harmonies, lush melodies and sublime hooks. Their debut release for White Iris has two reasons to be cheerful in “Exactly Sharp” and “I Want To Know”, while you can expect lots of post-SXSW mentions for their “Synestesia” debut album.