Songs of Fire & Ice

Over the last 3 years Skewed Quiff has offered about 500 tracks of interest through this blog and its mixcloud page. As such, it should come as no surprise that a couple of artists of gone on to bigger and better things. We’re like that guy at the bar, who we all slyly – and slightly enviously – watch, as he works he way from girl to girl (or man to man) offering each and every one of them the proud contents of his CK cotton trunks until, late in the evening, one of them finally submits to his charms. With this many tries we’re bound to achieve something occasionally.

George Ezra comes most immediately to mind. Years and Years have been here too. And there’s been a tour bus full of others who’ve gone on to carve out a meagre existence on the cliff edge of the modern music industry’s sheer granite walls.

So, when we push a new artist it’s hardly as if necks are on the line. No one will be fired – mainly because there is no one to fire – and all transgressions will be forgiven. However, I will be sad, perhaps tearfully sad, if this young lady doesn’t get the adulation she deserves.

Låpsley has featured on almost half a dozen different Quiffs over the last 2 years and her latest effort, while not my favourite (consider the sparse, lullaby intensity of Painter (Valentine) or the staggered knife twist of Falling Short) is restraint and intensity in absolute balance. Love is Blind is like the morning frost. Ice cold on fingertips, then sharp and heated as it fades, so that only the intensity of feeling remains:

You can grab the latest Skewed Quiff here. A bit of a bumper edition as I’ve been away for a while:

1.How To Recognise A Work Of Art by Meilyr Jones
2.Take Us Back by Alela Diane
3.Redeemed by Lou Barlow
4.This To Shall Pass by 10,000 Horses
5.Bottle Talk (prod. Nova Jazz) by Sweeney
6.Summer Blues by Mikael Tariverdiev
7.Km 83 by Francoiz Breut
8.Old Friends by Pinegrove
9.Domino by Lionlimb
10.What Light (Never Goes Dim) by Aidan Knight
11.Tesseract by Tortoise
12.I’ve Got Love For My Baby by The Commands
13.Adventures Close To Home by The Slits
14.Fire & Fortune by Josienne Clark & Ben Walker
15.Singing To Me by David Wax Museum
16.There’s No One Crying Over Me Either by American Wrestlers
17.Stuff (Xanadu Song) by Cave Babies
18.Necessary Evil by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
19.Peanut by The Suffers
20.Tumble by Will Samson
21.Call The Days by Nadia Reid
22.Prototype by Stevie
23.Vincent & Mia by Spotfoxes
24.Plain View (feat. Bilal Salaam) by Finale
25.From Grace by Ryan Hemsworth & Lucas
26.Don’t Close The Door On Love by Luke Reed
27.Love Is Blind by Lapsley
28.To Make It True by Daniel Martin Moore

And some more Låpsley, because you deserve it:

 

 

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