Singles of the Week

School is back and summer is over making tourist attractions that bit more bearable, but no such office outings for us. It's business as usual. Onwards.

Agnes Obel
If you like feeling the skin on the back of your neck tingle with excitement then look no further than 'The Curse' for a captivating piece of brooding pop with a skeletal orchestral arrangement that seems to accentuate the power and passion of Obel's dulcet tones. Majestic and magnificent.

Club Smith
Leeds trio Club Smith have been doing the rounds for some time but have never quite managed to capture the crowds of many similar bands. Perhaps this remixed version of 'The Green Room' for the Appetite for Chivalry album, which adds a wonderfully understated indie backing to their dark indie pop, will see them garner the plaudits they so richly deserve. Let's hope so.

Given that Editors managed to get Ben Wheatley to direct the video for 'Formaldehyde', we couldn't really care if the track was good or not. But we're professionals so fortunately, the track is quintessential Editors: sharp hooks match with Tom Smith's unmistakable vocal tones for a stadium-sized dark rock effort.

I Am A Camera
We were meant to review this last week but blame FrightFest. 'The Legendary Children' has been worth the wait though, its effectively simple and memorable chorus making it the duo's finest outing to date. Big things should beckon.

Mega Emotion
Norwich-based trio drop a tasty jellybean of guitar embellished, smart electro pop that dares to go for broke on the chorus. Only together for a few months, this definitely bodes well.

The Family Rain
The overfamiliarity is still there, but at least 'Reason To Die' packs a bit more punch than previous The Family Rain outings. A beast of a riff makes the chorus hugely effective, with the track leaving the impression that the live setting is the best place to witness the trio.

Single of the Week

Misty Miller
The rollicking guitars that are swiftly coming to be a trademark of Misty Miller's rock'n'roll output are in full force on latest track 'Taxicab'. Confirming the huge potential of Miller and those strong pipes, the track is a three-minute blast of unadulterated musical fun.

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