Olivia Hobbs


Olivia Hobbs

Polydor Digital Playlist

Selected by Olivia Hobbs > Polydor Digital

Olivia is Polydor's resident rock guru; these are her picks of the week.

 

The Mars Volta – The Malkin Jewel
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I’m a long time love of the Mars Volta, but I hadn’t gotten into Octahedron & The Bedlam in Goliath (two of the more recent albums) as much as I’d hoped... They streamed this track for free on the website in advance of the album release & a little hesitant, I visited the site to be sucked into this fantastic visual & the Malkin Jewel playing in the background.... needless to say, all doubts were addressed & I was converted back to fandom. It’s just too good.

 
Arcane Roots – You Are
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I came across this band a little bit by accident last year, but was even more delighted to find a stream of their mini album Left Fire online. The whole thing is so well put together, dynamic & just generally amazing that pretty much every other band ever needs to stop... now. This track is the jewel in the crown.

 
King Prawn – The Dominant View
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As much as I’d love to pick one of the lesser known King Prawn tracks, I think I’d be cheating myself. The dominant view is a clear favourite & the artwork makes me want a goldfish. Which is as good a reason as any to love a track.

 
Pennywise – Bro Hymn
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I remember losing all my friends at Download festival 2004 during Pennywise’s set, just as this song came on & not caring anywhere near as much as I should have... the best moment was after they finished, walking out with the 1000’s of other people all singing the chorus in unison right the way back to the campsite.

 
Eels – Elizabeth On The Bathroom floor
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After I read Mark Everett’s autobiography, none of the songs I was familiar with meant any of the same things any more. This track is so simple & short, but when you understand it’s context (for which you’ll need to read his book... immediately!) and the true sadness behind it, every single note & word cuts through you like a knife through butter.

 
Bastille – Laura Palmer
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Everything about this band is exciting, this twin peaks inspired treat is definitely one of my favourites... but it’s closely contended by so many of their other tracks. The reason this one wins is because underneath the track it sounds like a heart beating & live it’s a complete killer.

 

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