Singles of the Week
The Music Fix Singles of the Week.
I saw Asgeir supporting John Grant back in May and was impressed. I thought he might lose something by translating his lyrics into English; how wrong was I! His falsetto voice and acoustic guitar meld with a loose disco beat to produce something smooth and catchy. This is great stuff.
Laid-back, soulful stuff from a guy who toured with Ed Sheeran back in 2011. If that sounds interesting, hit play - but it does nowt for me.
Who’s that at the junction, holding out a sign for a lift? Ed Sheeran? James Arthur? No, it’s their rather bedraggled brother in singer-songwriterville, Jacob Eynon. With a performance at the Millennium Stadium already on his CV, Eynon is well on his way to becoming the next singer du jour - or so you would think - with Homebound part of a ‘trilogy’ of EPs lined up for release this year. It’s only his second recording after debut, Thanks Mum, back in January 2012.His music is sold as ‘memorable vocal harmonies with catchy melodies’, influenced by the likes of Coldplay and Charlie Simpson. These influences are clear when listening to his new effort, but it’s one thing to be inspired and another to be a carbon copy. Enyon’s lovelorn pop lyrics simply lump him alongside the billion of other YouTube aspirants with acoustic guitars, and even with the band accompaniment this time out, there's nothing to distinguish him from the competition. Still, Eynon is young and this is only his second EP. He needs to take time to explore music at a deeper level and develop his own personality if he wants more than 15 minutes of fame.
The end of days. What happens when Busted fans grow up?
Leon T. Pearl
24 year old producer Leon T. Pearl comes out with his debut single that quite frankly sounds like it's been composed and recorded on an old Yamaha keyboard. Whilst this track has many shortcomings, it'll probably have its fans somewhere in the Dalston or Shoreditch areas of East London.
Take You To Market by Leon T. Pearl
The promo copy really ladles on the hyperbole, but 'Mirrors' is a competent, Dido-esque drama piece with a dated - but effective - trip-hop undercurrent. Instinct is that this ship has already sailed, but if your heart is forever in 2003, give it a spin.
Lydia Baylis - Mirrors (Radio Edit) by Lydia Baylis
A Kylie-esque stomper that would probably be rather big if it didn't borrow quite so heavily from Miss Minogue and her ilk. Nonetheless it's a catchy-ish track with an interesting hook.
Ernest Green (aka Washed Out) puts his vocals into the background and lets the electronica swirl around on top.On first listen I hated this, now I’m just ambivalent.
Single of the Week
Falling Off Maps
Bleak, low key and beautifully orchestrated, 'Honest' grabs you from the very first bar and keeps you entranced until the last chords fade away. As debut singles go this is pretty damn great and if their upcoming album is as good as this then Falling Off Maps will go far.