Singles of the Week

They’re “messed up fuzz junkies” according to the press release. Really? Is that what they're calling generic indie now? Sounds a bit like it to me.

Julia Holter
Well this is different. A long, long intro of ghostly percussion leads into something slightly weird. Lots of strings and a mix of haunting vocals and whisper talking-singing, it’s a little Fiona Apple-ish, and really very good. I like it.

Naughty Boy
Well-known agoraphobic Emeli Sandé makes an appearance on the latest taster of Naughty Boy's debut album Hotel Cabana, out on August 26th. Jokes aside, the track's terrific: an unashamedly euphoric dancefloor number that's likely to be huge, if not as huge as 'La La La'.

Steaming Satellites
What could have got by as nothing more than a dull and derivative piece of indie pop has been well and truly pushed in to the realms of the completely irritating but the hideously messy backing track. Add you own 'steaming pile of...' joke here.

The Drowning Men
There’s facial hair and incessant drumming galore from The Drowning Men on this release promoting their new album. It’s a decent enough straight up indie-rock. Great beards though.

The Recovery
A suitably chunky slab of hardcore riffing, shouting with a nicely pitched melodic chorus, all delivered in a frenetic 2½ minutes. What more could you possibly want?

Single of the Week

KT Tunstall
A quite delightful acoustic effort, the title track (well, half of it anyway) from KT Tunstall's fourth studio album Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon is about as lovely as they come. It might not have enough to it to appeal to more casual fans of Tunstall's output, but everyone else can just revel in the beautiful vocals.

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