Singles of the Week
As summer seems to be hanging around for a curiously long time this year, rather than keep you indoors reading this ramble we'll just get straight down to this week's round up...
A synth based pop tune backed by guitar and clear vocals, and whilst it's a good memorable song it feels a little short running at 2:39, perhaps an extra 30 seconds would make it just that little bit better.
More synth-led dark delights await on the latest track to be taken from Hurts' second album Exile. 'Somebody To Die For' strays little from the duo's blueprint, yet when it's done as gorgeously melodramatic as this, it's hard not to get swept away.
If you're just about beginning to tire of 'Get Lucky', 'Fantasy' might keep you on the dancefloor. Juveniles are two French blokes (which is obviously the format du jour for this kind of thing) and we can imagine that there's an audience for their refined disco pop.
Although offering nothing new or original, the debut signal from these Leeds' rockers is a sparky piece of aggressive indie rock that does enough to keep you interested. A solid start.
Pink feat. Lily Allen
A few weeks back my Mum asked if it was still possible to buy singles, 'cos she really liked a Pink song she kept hearing on the radio.A quick Powerpoint presentation and she was furnished with a full and detailed explanation of why the record industry is broken and why it has no interest in meeting the musical needs of the British pensioner. Bastards.
Professor Green feat. Miles Kane
We've just had a fax through: Pop Will Eat Itself revival imminent!
Imagine Bjork singing in Icelandic and you’ll have a slight idea what to expect. That’s doing Samaris a disservice though, the vocals are well matched with the soft electronic beats and tapping of the melody and there’s that ever present haunting feel that permeates all Icelandic music. 'Gooa Tungl' is an atmospheric and appealing debut.
Tess and the Tellers
Following on from her 2012 debut, Tessa Bickers and her band (in the guise of Tess and the Tellers) continue to fly the folk flag and this collection of three tracks led by the beautiful Life Jacket is a relevation. Offering a real cross-over appeal this is the most accessible collection folk music we've heard in quite some time.
The Dirty Rivers
Although 'The Kid' is a an enjoyably dark, swirling and swaggering ditty, the fact that is ridiculously reminiscent of the sadly defunct The Music leaves you with the feeling that you've heard it all before, more than a few times.
Lead single from upcoming second album The Other Side (out in September), 'The Ocean' doesn't do anything to dissuade lazy comparisons to Paramore for Aussie rockers Tonight Alive. Still, it does its job admirably and is boosted from the pack by Jenna McDougall's strong vocals.
Single of the Week
16-year-old New Zealander Lorde, AKA Ella Yelich O'Connor, has been busy making a name for herself and with latest EP Tennis Court, it's easy to see why. With a splash of Lana Del Rey and added sharp lyrical prowess, the four tracks on offer provide a captivating snapshot of an exciting young artist who could very well go far.