Singles of the Week
Dinosaur Pile Up
No mess, no fuss just a good old fashioned slab of chunky, riff heavy rock music that'll have the kids bouncing around like an 8-year old on a space hopper.
As opening salvos go, Texan all-girl synth pop quartet FEATHERS' debut release 'Land Of The Innocent' is about as flawless as they come. All ice-cool synths and to-die-for ghostly vocals that wrap around you and leave you feeling slightly unsettled - in the best possible way. Special.
A skeletally arranged piece of downbeat, cello led slowcore folk darkness with Linnea Olsson's achingly beautiful piece soaring on to above it all. If only only music was as weird and utterly entrancing as this the world would be a better place.
Big, feel-good tuneage from uh ... Newcastle. Who woulda thunk it? With 'Move', Mausi suggest they know the formula to get the cool kids dancing.
Fans of The xx might well find something to admire in MMOTHS' latest six-track EP Diaries. The brainchild of 19-year-old Irishman Jack Colleran, Diaries is a sharp and nicely polished showcase of MMOTHS' laidback electronic stylings, featuring collaborations with Young & Sick ('For Her') and XL Recordings' Holly Miranda (EP standout 'All These Things'). It's unlikely to make much of an impact on those who aren't already fans of this genre though.
Trim The Barber
Rumbling, tumbling gothic new wave - just the kind of thing that lifts the head at TMF Towers. While eyes - and ears - have been focussed upon the likes of Savages and Pins, Trim The Barber suggest the boys still have something to say too.
Mindblank by TRIM THE BARBER
This is more like it from Valerie June. Having been left fairly cold by her debut single 'Workin' Woman Blues' last year, 'You Can't Be Told' manages to find a track worthy of her excellent, soulful vocals with some lovely bass providing a fitting accompaniment.
A little bit of editing would have made this a nice and sparky two minutes of pop/punk but at over four minutes it becomes ridiculously repetitive and more than a little dull. A missed opportunity.
Single of the Week
Of Monsters And Men
With 1.5 million album sales behind them, and with three sold-out dates at Shepherds Bush Empire later this week, Iceland's Of Monsters And Men are undoubtedly one of the main benefactors of the planet's current vogue for uplifting, folk-flecked pop. 'King and Lionheart' was one of the most engaging numbers from their debut and it's been given a suitably captivating video in support.