Singles of the Week
Essex singer-songwriter Arthur Walwin has gained support from the likes of Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw, and it's fairly simple to see why. With an eye firmly on the charts, 'Someone Who Knows' - the lead single from his debut solo album out next year - will appeal to fans of pop-punk outfits like Taking Back Sunday with its blend of impassioned vocals and genteel guitar riffs.
From the EP Bruises and Business this is a raucous hotpot of screaming vocals, grinding bass lines, and angular guitar. And it’s got a great hook. Promising, very promising!
Kids In Glass Houses
The title track from the new album Peace, this is a bona fide rock anthem. Incredibly catchy hooks, a fantastic chorus and there's even a key change! What more could you possibly want?!
More Than Conquerors
Maybe it’s just the amount of guitars I’ve heard this week but fatigue has set in and I need something a bit different. Endless bashing of the cymbals and the same guitar riff over and over just doesn’t cut it. Uninspiring.
This is a bit like if Celine Dion if she dared dabble in mid-tempo, AOR pop. This really isn't our demographic - even if I wouldn't like to explain what our demographic actually is.
The Creature Comfort
A strange punk-pop tune, ‘Sauce’ is catchy enough with a Graham Coxon-ish guitar melody. Actually the whole thing sound a little Coxon, except maybe the food-fetishism of the lyrics.
Previous SOTW winner Thomas Dybdahl is back with another slice of the softly spoken, mellow folk-pop that he specialises in - and it’s another cracking tune. We like Thomas and think more people should too.
Single of the Week
DeeDee Loves Me
"This world is like an endless orgy and everybody wants to screw me." To be honest, DeeDee Loves Me had sold us on her debut EP with that line alone from the title track 'Everybody's Out To Get Me', and the rest is fairly X-rated and bold. Scatter lyrics like "he got her a diamond bracelet, but really she needed a facelift" ('Mirrors And Discoballs') with thumping hooky synths and strong vocal turns, and you have yourself one of the most entertaining EPs of the year. Highly recommended and brimming with potential.