Singles of the Week

Maybe it's the gloriously bracing winter weather but we seem to be in a good mood at TMF Towers this week so check out this week's collection of singles

Department M
This latest single from ex-Grammatics  frontman Owen Brinley's latest combo, Department M, is dark, brooding, indie techno rock music with a nice line in fuzzed up heavy synth basslines. Play loud and play often..

Franz Ferdinand
The best track on Right Thoughts ... finally gets a push when it should really have been the first volley of Franz's comeback. 'Bullet' has the energy and spark of their earliest work and while you imagine they're a little disappointed at the overall response, their upcoming UK tour is likely to be one of Spring's genuine must-sees.

Girl Band
You can hear the monotone touch of Mark E Smith to this Dublin four piece, alongside hints of noiseniks like Urusei Yatsura. 'Lawman' will burrow its way under your skin, before bursting back out with all the SFX nous of prime Ridley Scott. An intriguing statement of intent.

Last Lynx
A highly encouraging taster of their upcoming EP Rifts, 'Lacuna' is an effortlessly cool slice of bluesy indie rock from Swedish outfit Last Lynx. The dual vocals from lead singers Camilla Dahlstedt and Robin Eveborn are seamless, adding to the track's intoxicating charm.

Molly Beanland
Very clever, 80s-inspired effort that pulls back from being a full-on power ballad but keeps all the other constituent parts (those drums!) for that full John Hughes soundtrack sensation. 'Do you like it now?,' Molly enquiries - 'course we do!

Northern American
An effortlessly enchanting dreamy pop ditty would make a great accompaniment to any sun baked road trip . A pretty damn good debut that should see a lot of love heading the way of these young Californians.

Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Rufus Rufus! After tacking her mother (so to speak), Mr Wainwright delivers this lovely ode to Ms. Minnelli. It's cool, it's jazzy, it's smooth, it's so Rufus. Which is a good thing.

The Sea
While the sea can be a vast, unknown thing, The Sea are just two: drums and guitar. 'Get Up ...' is brief (always a positive) but I remain largely unconvinced by this format and TS haven't changed my mind.

Single of the Week

The Amazing Snakeheads
Now this is what I call a single. Dark, gloomy lyrics delivered with a righteous howl and backed by the kind of sleazy, ramshackle guitar line and horn driven beat that is reminiscent of the mighty Gallon Drunk. Let's hear it for The Amazing Snakeheads. Yeee Haaa.

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