Singles of the Week
Without further ado, The Music Fix Singles of the Week....
Hannah and Colette Thurlow, the sisters who make up 2.54 have brought the lovechild of Depeche Mode and Jamie XX to life with new single 'You're Early'. Sulky, melancholic theatrics with a chugging bass line and soothing vocals make this into a broody lullaby- perfect for the angst-ridden teenagers among you. There might not be a chorus per se, but the hypnotic groove of this track will make you forget it ever needed one. Brooding and atmospheric- don't be surprised if this makes an appearance on a future Twilight soundtrack (honestly, that was supposed to come out as a compliment).
Whilst Inverloch may have pedigree amongst their ranks, their debut EP is lacking on the originality front. Primarily your standard death/doom fare, it is plagued by overly long near-silent "ambient parts" at the beginning and end of all three tracks that not only bore the listener, but more importantly destroy any sense of despair the heavy sections actually conjure rather well.
With its delightful finger-picked guitar hook, 'The Fire' is one of the undoubted highlights of Laura Gibson's third album La Grande which was released at the start of this year. Guitar, piano and organ collide with joyous effect on its hoedown finale that leaves you nodding along in sage approval.
'Seven Hundred Birds' is a hauntingly beautiful offering from the Scottish newcomers Quickbeam, the wistful harmonium and strings dancing a sorrowful tune for Monika Gromek’s world-weary vocals. Unconventional but not unique, these ambient indie kids show a lot of promise.
Simian Mobile Disco
Despite not being the aural onslaught we are used to hearing from Simian Mobile Disco, new track 'Seraphim' is a brilliantly formed slice of mid-tempo synth pop. Entrancing looped vocals splice up the layers of electronica to create high expectations for the duos upcoming album, Unpatterns. Expect their subtle production all over your summer 2012 soundtrack.
Trailered as 'brooding' and 'macabre' 'Ghosts' is actually part-Hot Chip, part-Pet Shop Boys, though meatier than both. I'll admit to having no idea if there is much of a demand for this particular take on the synth pop thing, but definitely better than slap around the face with an old Moog.
Single of the Week
Excellent double A side single from Scottish band Modern Faces. 'Pravda Scroll's' clever mix of electronic beats and a thundering barrage of guitars contrasts nicely with the darker, moodier 'Cynical Brother'. The end result is both beautiful and thrilling. Modern Faces are a prime example of how guitar bands are far from becoming an endangered species.