After some great festival performances recently Louder Than War caught up with Waylayers on the Calling Out stage at Kendal Calling where we had a chat with Harry, Dave and Joe about what they’re listening to right now.
Asbjorn – The Criminal
We think Asbjorn is a pioneer. He’s at the helm of a new future for song writing; intense, intricate, colourful, slick, modern – a new take on music production and arrangement. Lambasters and philistines beware – he’s untouchable.
Disclosure – White Noise
Post-dubstep-deep-house? Or perhaps a ’90’s garage/2 step revival? Either way, their debut album Settle is massive with ‘Latch’ and ‘White Noise’ standing out as two of the best songs of the summer.
Barbarossa – The Load
Intricate electronica with tender vocals. ‘The Load’ is a brilliant song. The lyrics are direct and meaningful, and drive the message home.
Johnny Pierce – I Didn’t Realise
Soul searching shoe-gazing, dreamy electronica based around such a simple but contagious hook. Fragments of the melancholic irony, abundant in The Drums, and more controlled here – hugely looking forward to the debut solo album.
Frank Ocean – Lost
Just over a year since Channel Orange was released and we’re still listening to this incredible album. Many a tedious tour bus journey has been borne with the aid of Waylayers’ favourites ‘Lost’ and of course ‘Pyramids’.
SOHN – Bloodflows
I stumbled across SOHN a few months ago. I was drawn in by the mix of layered synths, soulful mellow vocals and exquisite, intricate production. Bloodflows is a fantastic track.
Iamqhoiamami – Play
Soulful use of the side chain production technique and nice movements and groove. Very forward thinking. It seems like a lot of the best stuff is currently coming out of Scandinavia. It just seems free and unaffected by outside influence. It just pulls on the right strings for me. Can’t really explain anymore why I like it. “I know what I like – and I like what I know”.
Savages – City’s Full
The high heels wearing bastard child of Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux. The most intense thing you’ll see live this year. Apart from Waylayers of course, but then Harry doesn’t need high heels to tower over the competition.
Dutch Uncles – Flexxin
One of my favourite videos this year and one of the best songs. The band are a tour-de-force live – the unlikely masters of pop and funk – it works! They’re setting festivals alight at the moment!
Humans – ‘Possession’
This has been on my daily playlist since I first heard it. The vocal hook is infectious and the tribal rhythms are incredible. I need to see these guys live.