Top Tracks: Wojtek The Bear – Slow TV

You often hear complaints about songs sounding the same, about acts following trends instead of playing around with new sounds. One complaint that you don’t hear nearly as often, but which is every bit as relevant and pressing, is how the same rule applies to lyrics. There are so many bands out there addressing the same old subjects in much the same way as many others before them. The upside however is that it makes songs like ‘Slow TV’, that catch you off-guard with their outside the box thinking, all the more refreshing. This latest single from Glaswegian quintet Wojtek The Bear takes a creative view of how people can go from being your entire world to being complete strangers. It posits how someone you were once close to could die suddenly and you’d be none the wiser. The band then takes this curious train of thought and injects it with a heaping helping of wry wit and adorns it in light-hearted melodies. With an endearingly macabre video to boot, ‘Slow TV’ is one of the most unique and interesting tracks I’ve heard in 2019.


Top Tracks: wojtek the bear – tonic youth

It is said that comparison is the thief of joy, and such sage advice is especially worth noting in today’s media focused society. The latest single from this Scottish quartet looks at seeing people living their best life, seeing people born with a head-start in life finding greater opportunity than yourself, and feeling left behind. A sense of wasted chances, of time poorly spent, of looking at others and wondering “could I be where they are if I had just done things differently?”. It’s a heavy topic to be sure, but ‘tonic youth’ delivers it within such a wonderful wave of positive energy so as to soften the blow. The bright guitar melodies and driving bass line give it real momentum, while the sublime strings just dance circles all over the track. The uplifting musicianship alone is enough to convince me that time spent listening to ‘tonic youth’ is by far and away time well spent.