FRESH MUSIC FRIDAY: CHUEY, BEABADOOBEE, AT ARM’S LENGTH

SURG IS KICKING OFF THE YEAR WITH THE VERY FIRST FRESH MUSIC FRIDAY OF 2023! ZOE BIGGS, NIAMH ELLIOTT-BRENNAN AND MIYA SYWAK REACT TO BRAND NEW RELEASES FROM CHUEY (SYD), BEABADOOBEE (UK) AND AT ARM’S LENGTH (SYD).


‘BRINGIN’ DISCO BACK’ marks the first single from Chuey’s upcoming sophomore EP, ‘DIPTYCH’.

BRINGIN’ DISCO BACK – CHUEY

Zoe: Oh this is fun!! There are parts of the production which emulate old-school video games, and I absolutely adored the jazz piano part (jazz being a clear element of Chuey’s unique genre-mashing). The eclectic and fast-paced nature of this track probably won’t have me playing it on repeat, but I can imagine this going OFF in a live set. 

Niamh: AH, Chuey are back and at it with another banger, and this is by far my favourite of the three. It’s funky, it’s weird, it’s an EXCITING electro-disco track with some sick keyboard and a real scenic, high-energy feel – some parts gave me Jacob Collier vibes. I don’t really have any other words – I just loved this track.

Miya: Total Eurovision vibes! With the Skrillex 2016 piano tiles dance break, Chuey may not be literally bringing disco back, but it’s a definite dance hit for when you’re totally off your head.


‘Glue Song’ comes before beabadoobee accompanies Taylor Swift on The Eras Tour in March.

GLUE SONG – BEABADOOBEE

Zoe: Clocking in at just 2:14, this song is short – but it’s ever so sweet. I am such a fan of beabadoobee’s voice, and who doesn’t love a love song? The orchestral arrangement of this track was what drew me in the most though, and I loved noticing all of its little intricacies on each repeat listen!

Niamh: Bright, cute, and sparkly – a perfect gentle morning song. Songs like this often teeter on the edge of saccharine and boring, but this song hits a sweet spot with its 2 minute runtime. beabadoobee’s vocals are subtle and stunning as always, drawing you in and laying you down gently on a bed of soft grass… very calming.

Miya: A very steady song with cute orchestral sparks. But when I say steady, it’s in the way that dating was like in the 50s… So clean cut and well, steady! I feel like my girl beabadoobee just has a lot more interesting songs, but its definitely not a bad listen.


‘Ugly’ belongs to At Arm’s Length’s debut EP of the same name.

UGLY – AT ARM’S LENGTH

Zoe: I’m a massive punk fan, but I kept needing more from this track. I was rocking with the energy from the start, and Tadhg Kelly’s vocals are rough and full of passion. However I just wasn’t convinced by the over-repetitive riffs – who knows, maybe I’m just not a post-hardcore enthusiast. HOWEVER, the two-minute mark begins a (short) descent into dissonant chaos which I thought added a cool point of interest to the track. I’d be keen to hear what else this band has up their sleeves.

Niamh: Woah – definitely living up to the post-hardcore, punk grunge label with this track. This track is loud and aggressive, and I could see it going off in a dark, sweaty pub somewhere. It’s one of those tracks where you can tell the recording falls short of the energy of the live performance – but I’m looking forward to more music from At Arm’s Length.

Miya: I could not tell you what I think of the lyrics but what I can tell you is the raw vocals and rough meshed in guitars totally gave me the vibes of a classic High Rotation. Maybe it’s the pre-uni mood but I really like the total anger at everything in this song. Especially the slow climax with fast drumming and guitar distortions. Absolute hot girl walk music x


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