Rad Releases 22 – Slaney Bay
Our annual end-of-year feature is finally here, we spend the final two weeks of the year discussing the music that made 2022 special. Our special Rad Releases feature is now 12 years old and we love sharing the site with musicians, labels, and promoters as we discuss their year in music. We take a personal look back on familiar names’ most loved releases of the past 12 months. It’s a time we enjoy and look forward to, through the contributions we get to find new music discoveries, and releases we may have missed throughout the year.
Our next take-over comes from a trio we were introduced to back in the summer, this outfit are one to watch and support without a doubt. South West London-based trio Slaney Bay went on to release their debut EP ‘A Life Worth Living’, back in November and we were blown away, a debut bursting with the most infectious melodies, raw rhythms, and expressive lyrics. We are delighted to hand the site to Cait (lead vox) to find out more about Slaney Bay’s year in music.
Top 5 albums of the year
Katy J Pearson – Sound of the Morning
We played ‘Yours to Keep’ festival in Huddersfield this year – which was headlined by Katy J Pearson. I thought her performance was so charming. She sipped a cup of tea, and explained that her voice was struggling. Then, nonchalantly wow-ed the whole crowd with these ethereal, soaring vocals.
El Bueno Y El Malo – Hermanos Gutiérrez
An amazing guitar album by two brothers. Gorgeous tones and soundscapes that take you to another place. It feels like happiness and heartbreak all in one record.
Toro y Moi – Mahal
The first track, ‘The Medium’, immediately surprised me. A real style-shift away from his previous albums, which shows incredible versatility. I truly believe that he could write a 5-star album in any genre. I love the grittier touches that connect the songs – like radio tuning and engine revving sounds.
Skinty Fia – Fontaines D.C.
Another great album from them. We love the bittersweet blanket of melancholia that covers the record. It’s been really exciting to see how their sound evolves with every release. We’re desperate to see them live.
Madison Cunningham – Revealer
An artist Will discovered this year, with “Life according to Rachel” being his favourite. We saw Madison in November at Islington Assembly Hall and the record perfectly translates to live shows. Entracing, confident vocals and intricate, folky guitars, reminiscent of our favourite Kurt Vile tracks!
The best show you have played this year / gig attended
When we supported Bleach Lab at The Lafayette in London! It was a surreal experience, to say the least. Performing to a balcony has always been on my bucket list – and Lafayette generously ticked that off. We all had ridiculous grins plastered on our faces for the whole weekend. Seeing Bleach Lab headline the show with their new, hypnotically dreamy EP, ‘If You Only Feel It Once’, was very special.
Your own highlight of the year
Releasing our debut EP, ‘A Life Worth Living’. It’s our first born! It’s essentially a diary of our ‘coming-of-age’ years. As sung in ‘LS6’- it explores the teenage whirlwind of emotions – our “pure love and shame, tears, thrill and rage”. We had our first mini-tour to showcase the record – and it’s ignited a feverish urge to get right back on the road.
Has there been any record that’s got you through this year?
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding. It’s a personal favourite for all of us. Those thumping snare hits, and nostalgic, soaring guitars are the soundtrack of every Slaney roadtrip. Adam Granduciel, their frontman, has an all-embracing collection of guitar pedals – which has dominated our Youtube search history this year.
Best musical discovery this year?
Lizzie Reid! ‘Bible’ was my number one Spotify Wrapped song for 2022. I should get the QR code of the song tattooed, really. Her songs are delicate, charming and vulnerable. Such an incredible songwriter.
Artist/Band to watch for 2023
Low Lying Sun. Their sound is already so strong and distinctive – anthemic and dramatic, with soul-baring sentiments. I can picture huge crowds singing along to them.
Plans for the New Year
We’re back in the studio! We’ve knuckled down and written the next chapter of the Slaney Bay sound. So recording will be happening very soon…
Then we’ll be back out and gigging! We’ve just booked our first show of 2023 – the Access All Areas series at the Signature Brew in Haggerston, London (23rd February). Maybe there’ll be some more announcements on our social medias too…festivals?!
Thank you so much, so excited to see what’s next for Slaney Bay!