Singles of the Week
Easter's over and we should all be over our chocolate hangovers by now, so what better way to celebrate than diving into the world of singles to see what post-Easter treats it has in store for us?
Still pining for the lost 90s shoegazers turned perky pop punkers Lush? Then look no further than this latest single from East London trio Bleech. Barelling along at a good clip, 'Mondays' is a fantastically catchy ditty that should fill indie disco dancefloors across the country. The perfect start to the week.
One of the stand-outs from Clock Opera's debut album Ways To Forget, 'Man Made' primarily grabs the attention with its strong guitars and keeps it throughout thanks to its fast-paced rhythm and exciting blend of instruments with electronica elements marrying perfectly with the guitars and drums.
Punk urgency backed up by a cracking riff is certainly something to be celebrated, and 'Surge Of Youth', a sub two minute blast from the frighteningly young Deadbeat Echoes, shows both, even if any sort of identity is lacking from this double A side single. Ones to watch for those who like it loud and quick.
Dry The River
If you haven't already given into the charms of Dry The River yet, there's little better place to start than with 'New Ceremony'. Kicking into life around the one-minute mark, it's a perfect showcase of their epic folk rock with sumptuous strings backing up Peter Liddle's impassioned vocals and the glorious cacophony created by the five-piece's perfectly wielded weapons of choice.
The new single 'Twenty Three / Eve' from Wandsworth four-piece fiN is a musical feast of two halves: the former a belting rock out, the latter its more reflective sibling. They say rock's dead - not if this lot have anything to do with it.
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In the mood for something a bit weird? Then the latest effort from Surrey trio Mafia Lights might just be what you need to scratch that itch. 'Spiriting / West' is a double A-side packed with woozy backing vocals and psychedelic instrumentation that is most definitely different, with enjoyment levels garnered from your tolerance of their brand of eclectic indie.
Raised On Replicas
'OMG' is a disappointingly bland and unoriginal single from Brighton's latest new band Raised On Relpicas. Caught between The Specials and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this is old hat poorly executed.
It's always lovely to have smoother than smooth Rufus Wainwright back in our lives. Yet new single 'Out Of The Game' is just, well, bland. Pretty enough, pleasant enough, unobtrusive and a bit like a sad wallflower no one wants to dance with at parties.
Lo-fi joy awaits you on Manchester trio SHINIES' double A-side single 'Shola / Pillow Talk'. The formula isn't exactly fresh - ferocious guitars and a strong, driving drumbeat - but it's done with such a polish that it hardly seems to matter and you'll find yourself taken in time and again.
Tom Williams and The Boat
The title track from this Kent combo's upcmoing debut a bum is a cracking alt-country rocker that that combnes a beautitful arrangement along with Williams's sharp and acerbic lyrics to provide another winner .
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Single of the Week
Marina And The Diamonds
A storming return from Marina And The Diamonds on the first single to be taken from her highly anticipated second album Electra Heart. 'Primadonna' is a glorious slice of disco pop fun with a thumping dirty bass line and an insanely catchy chorus, seasoned with Marina's always-reliable distinct vocals. Stunning.