The title is pretty self-explanatory. We’re on part three of the best releases of 2020 (so far). If you want to check out the other articles, here’s part one and two. They featured music by JAIALAIBdrmmSWEARSMandownDirty MikeThe Velvet HandsYowlRowanHenry And The WaiterFast FriendsJosiah WolfFrida BlombergCourtingThe Clockworks, and Yard Arms. Highly recommend you go and check those out. 

Right, enough blabbering, here’s ten more favourite IMN releases this year. Nice.

The Manatees – Have It All 

The Manatees

The other day, I watched possibly the worst film ever created. It’s called 365 Days, and the synopsis goes as follows: “Massimo is a member of the Sicilian Mafia family and Laura is a sales director. She does not expect that on a trip to Sicily trying to save her relationship, Massimo will kidnap her and give her 365 days to fall in love with him”. Wow, just wow. It’s rated 3.3/10 on IMBD. You’re probably wondering why this intro is so peculiar. Well, Have It All, the latest single by The Manatees, is a song about being infatuated with someone that they could control your every move if they wanted to. It’s on Massimo’s Spotify playlist. He loves jamming to it, and you will too. Enjoy this two minute and forty-five-second indie-rock banger. 

Daniel Thomas

Al Moses – Gutter Rock Moxie

Al Moses

Punk-rockers Al Moses released Gutter Rock Moxie on 10th June via Big Indie Records, and since then, the song has accumulated over six thousand plays on Spotify and Soundcloud. No word of a lie, about seven hundred of those is IMN. It’s been on repeat that much, the jukebox button is broke. 

“The song captures the ambition and fearlessness that we’ve always had since we were young, from writing tracks on the edge of the bed to playing around small venues like we are now. In a way, the song is the story so far, but also laying down a marker for everything that’s still to come”. 

That quote clearly defines the band. Full of spirit and vigour, Gutter Rock Moxie is the start of what’s to come. Relatable lyrics, indie-rock vibes, this is music for a new generation, and we’re excited to see what they bring out next. 

Daniel Thomas

PETSEMATARY – Get Away With It

PETSEMATARY

We’ve all experienced stress, anxiety and depression in our lifetime. It’s a common issue, and the stigma surrounding it is a problem in modern society. Thankfully, music is the perfect healer of the mind, and bands like PETSEMATARY are helping break down that barrier. 

Get Away With It is the latest single by the act, and it reflects on the psychological wellbeing of others. The powerful words of Gaby-Elise Monaghan will pass you a tissue, hug you, and reaffirm that everything’s going to be ok, while the backing instruments wrap the vocals in a cosy blanket of sound. Beautiful stuff. 10/10. 

Daniel Thomas

Web – Intimidation & Shame

Web

If you get caught inside the Web of Intimidation & Shame, you’re not getting out. The song will feast on your emotions, making you question your masculinity and anger. You’re no longer the predator, but the meal. Run, run, run as fast as you can, they’ll always catch you, the middle-class man. 

Daniel Thomas

New Fries – Arendt / Adler / Pulley Pulley Pulley Pulley

New Fries

Taken from New Fries’ upcoming album, Is The Idea Of Us, out on 7th August on Telephone ExplosionArendt / Adler / Pulley Pulley Pulley Pulley is a mind-bending masterpiece. Packed full of new wave sounds and a funky bass line, the words of Anr Stefania Spadafora will spur on the oppressed and the downtrodden, and inspire those to rebel against the traditional norms. 

Daniel Thomas

Tempesst – On The Run 

Tempesst

Looking through the comments on the music video for On The Run by Tempesst, one struck a chord: “I can imagine this playing in a movie”, and immediately I started visualising the imagery. A gunfight between two cowboys? No, too modern sounding. A natural disaster film? Again, it just wouldn’t work. How about a car chase? Perfect. Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez in an illegal street race, while a street sweeper enjoys the festivities. 

In all seriousness, On The Run is an emotionally driven story of the disappearance of a close friend. The lyrics, “It’s said there’s a straw that can break your back. Even Atlas couldn’t carry the weight. I witnessed the curse, the power at work. The day your father passed away”, reflect the sentiment of a worried individual. Toma Benjanin is pining a past life, while the ’60s and ’70s influenced indie-psych fusion provides the perfect backdrop. We can’t wait to hear their forthcoming album, Must Be A Dreamout 30th September via Pony Recordings. If it’s as good as On The Run, we’re in for a treat. 

Daniel Thomas

THUMPER – Topher Grace

THUMPER

We’re all self-destructive in some way. Whether it be an addiction or a mental trait, Topher Grace by THUMPER is an introspective look at those unrepentant and in denial. Singer Oisin Leahy Furlong vocals take a swipe, while the impressive guitar and drum sound perfectly reflects the imagery. Fontaines D.C. and The Murder Capital, make a path for THUMPER; this is a band that has a lot to say. 

Daniel Thomas

Dream NailsJillian 

Dream Nails

Jillian is one of the most fun songs I’ve heard in a long time. It’s almost impossible not to dance along to it, or do jumping jacks. This track has it all. Within the two minute and fifty-two-second duration, there are displays of incredible musicianship, clever lyrics, and lovely harmonies. I reckon this would be brilliant live, and as soon as I get a chance, I’ll be checking a Dream Nails gig out.

Daniel Fagan

FabricatorsLate Night Tales

Fabricators

Fabricators are probably sick of me writing about them by now, and my adoration of their song, Late Night Tales. I’ve written a review about it, it was featured on our compilation album, Feed The NHS, and I played it on my first IMN radio show. It’s also on several of my Spotify playlists, and I listen to it often. The lyrics never fail to make me smile, and the chorus is incredibly catchy. I often find myself humming it long after the final moments have rung out. It is one of the best releases I’ve heard in a long time, and I hope the band aren’t fed up of me mentioning that by now. 

Daniel Fagan

Jonathan SomethingSticky Love

Jonathan Something

Jonathan Something is a regular feature on IMN. He’s one of the most unique artists out there today and has racked up an impressive number of Spotify streams, which he thoroughly deserves. I absolutely love his single, Sticky Love, which was released earlier this year. It combines a number of ‘80s sounds and uses a modern production, creating a song that wouldn’t feel out of place on one of those novelty “best air guitar” albums, while remaining introspective and multi-layered.

Daniel Fagan