Who would have thought I’d ever be this late? Life got in the way this week but luckily the tunes came through - here’s your new favourite five. In future, just expect Re-linquent at some point in the week.

Hockeysmith / ‘Holy War’

Former Falmouth duo Hockeysmith relaunched as a solo project with the gorgeous and ethereal new single ‘Holy War’. Drenched in digital noise and anchored by hazy vocals, the track is a fresh pop cut in the vein of SOPHIE and FKA twigs, fractured by skittering percussion. Arriving with promise of a forthcoming debut, ‘Holy War’ is an adventurous melting pot of DIY, bubblegum pop and alt R&B.

Matt Maltese / ‘Sweet 16’

The sardonic crooner finally revealed his hand on Friday, releasing his debut album Bad Contestant. Taking his lovelorn ballads to a new level, Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado lends a golden touch on production duties and brings the same eclectic and warm vibes he brought to The Lemon Twigs’ debut in 2016. Deliciously sarcastic and gorgeously scored, ‘Sweet 16’ is a schmaltzy trip through classic songwriting. An instant classic.

Breathe Panel / ‘Sunrise / Sunshine’

Built around an infectious undulating riff, the new track from Brighton quartet Breathe Panel is a timely slice of sunny shoegaze. Heralding the arrival of summer, frontman Nick Green’s soaring vocals meet drummer Benjamin Reeves’ pounding rhythms, colliding in a gauzy and hypnotic tangle. Splintering guitars and dreamy vocals are a calling card for the band - they release their self-titled debut via FatCat Records on July 13th.

Treeboy & Arc / ‘Midnight Mass’

Leeds 3-piece Treeboy & Arc have built a reputation for distorted post-punk and new single ‘Midnight Mass’ is another thrilling cut from the band which furthers their fuzzed-out brand. Entering with a deceptive synth, scarred guitars soon step in to remind us who we’re listening to and take the track to a menacing zenith. Luckily brought to a tight conclusion before any real damage can be wrought, it’s a reckless 3 minutes from the trio.

Snail Mail / ‘Golden Dream’

Releasing their debut album Lush on Friday, ‘Golden Dream’ is a standout among many from Lindsay Jordan’s indie-rock project, Snail Mail. Sounding both DIY and sparklingly refined, the track is a hazy, easy-going gem with a slow-burning chorus. Lush by name, lush by nature.

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