Singles of the Week

Like the weather this week's crop of singles is a pretty bleak affair, yet there are one or two bright spots....have a peek.

Bear Cavalry
The first couple of tracks on this EP are generic indie rockers heard a million times before but the third, the brilliantly titled ‘Will Smith Solves The Rubik's Cube’ moves away in to a world of sheer majesty with wonderful horns and a sweepingly epic feel that is also evident on closer, ‘Dragon’s Milk Part II’ that would be much improved with the removal of the annoyingly twee intro. So, a decent effort and hopefully these Gosport lads can go on to bigger and better things.

Concrete Disco
Pleasingly old-school electro-stomper that suggests Concrete Disco spend a lot of time spinning New Order, Depeche Mode remixes and anything that comes in a package postmarked 'Francais'. Bon!

FOE announces UK tour
With her debut album Bad Dream Hotline out on January 16th, FOE has announced an 11-date UK tour in support of the record.Taking place throughout January, the jaunt takes in the likes of Stockton, Cardiff and Winchester, before winding up in London at the Barfly on January 29th. Tickets are on sale now, with full tour details as follows:Edinburgh - Electric Circus – Thursday 19th January Stockton - Ku Bar – Friday 20th January Leeds - Cockpit- Saturday 21st January Manchester - Castle Hotel- Sunday 22nd January Cardiff - Buffalo Bar – Monday 23rd January Southampton - Joiners – Tuesday 24th January Exeter- Cavern – Wednesday 25th January Tunbridge Wells- Forum –Thursday 26th January Winchester - The Railway – Friday 27th January Aldershot - West End Centre -Saturday 28th January London – Barfly – Monday 30th JanuaryBad Dream Hotline is out on January 16th through Vertigo Records with new single, 'Cold Hard Rock', out on January 9th.

Punkette coming to a venue near you in January. *Update* Now with correct tour dates!

Forest Fire
A rather strange choice for a single as this is easily the weakest cut from the otherwise excellent Staring At The X. It just meanders along with no real drive or passion and even the great accompanying video can’t safe it from the realms of the mundane. Forest Fire are much better than this.

FOREST FIRE: FUTURE SHADOWS (2011) from Craig Murray on Vimeo.

Jai McDowall
If it wasn't for the ethereal tones of the delightful Scala & Kolacny Brothers in the background, Jai McDowall's first single would be a pretty damp affair. His cover of U2's 'With Or Without You' isn't terrible, it just lacks a necessary oomph and his vocals simply don't captivate you in the way that the choral backing does.

Katherine Jenkins
This is better from Welsh mezzo-soprano turned popstar Katherine Jenkins. 'Can't Slow Down' is a shameless soaring piece of soft pop balladry, but better is her version of the Scottish folk song 'Black Is The Colour'. Here her vocals take on a more captivating, slightly haunting form and the lush instrumental backing makes it a thoroughly listenable affair.

Little Comets
'Worry' marks a welcome return from Little Comets with its falsetto, distinctive vocals and angular guitars, all topped off with a killer hook. Stressed out? Put this track on and you won't be.

Merry Christmas from Shonen Knife
Shonen Knife have produced a new video for their new 7" single 'Sweet Christmas'. This new Christmas single is their first since the hits 'Space Christmas' and 'All I Want for Christmas' (w/ Thurston Moore) and rounds off the bands 30th anniversay that saw month long sellout tours in UK/Europe & North America plus the release of the Free Time and Osaka Ramones albums.
The band and their label Damnably are auctioning off signed Osaka Ramones jackets and a load of goodies from December 15th on Amazon for the Japanese Red Cross Earthquake/Tsunami relief fund. More info on Damnably's facebook page [url][/url]

What's not to like?

Phantom Limb
Time for The Eagles to undergo a re-evaluation? Phantom Limb would probably agree that might just be a good idea. Confident, soulful, country-tinged fare that just needs someone at Radio 2 to hear it.

The Jezabels
Much tipped, apparently by people much more in the know than me, these Australians sound too much like how Texas might sound as a new act in 2011. Just far too polished and produced for these ears, although it picks up speed - and interest - from about the three minute mark.

Single of the Week

Theme Park
An irresistibly upbeat slice of indie pop, Theme Park's second single 'Milk' is fabulous stuff. Percussion straight out of the Friendly Fires handbook mix with sharp guitars and funky bass to craft a track that is impossible to sit motionless to.

Last updated: 18/04/2018 10:07:46

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