Singles Round Up: 20th April 2014

Bands still release singles? And by the dozen too it appears… My colleagues have lured me out of my dark hole away from my upside-down crosses and sacrificial virgins to cast my eyes over this week’s offerings, so onwards unto the breach we go!

Gearing up for their self-titled record next week, Embrace get all stalkerish on second single ‘Follow You Home’. Gently creeping through the shadows, it is very much more of that anthemic grandeur the band have been peddling since the turn of the millennium.

Here we have yet another female-fronted electro group… Arthur Beatrice are indeed ‘Late’ to the party with the latest single taken from their recent debut. It's as dull and characterless as all the other bands they sound just like that have been flooding the scene for the last 18 months.

The fragile, delicate tones of Lykke Li are a joy to brighten any morning. ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ previews her upcoming third album, but once again slips into the same trap as Arthur Beatrice and becomes virtually indistinguishable from the hordes of clones.

Third time lucky with this style… Or maybe not, as Indiana delivers a very by-the-numbers take on electronica with ‘Solo Dancing’. Mid-paced and emotionless, it plods along with such a gaping lack of passion.

Certainly not lacking on that front, God Damn churn out some noisy and raucous punk on ‘Shoe Prints In The Dust’. It’s brash and simple, but the energy is infectious as they barrel through the three minutes of aggression.

Back with a breezy EP of old-school punk, Winnebago Deal take neither a step forward nor back with Bail Out. This is exactly what is expected, but I find myself a little bored by track three.

Chrissie Hynde is at her sultry best for the verses of ‘Dark Sunglasses’, the lead single off (remarkably) her first solo record. But alas, all the good work is immediately undone by the horribly wan chorus that is less catchy and more bloody irritating.

There is a real 80s electro vibe to Reptile Youth’s ‘Above’, which makes the claim they are “so crucial and relevant in today’s musical landscape” either fantastically laughable, or a crushing indictment on new music today. I hope for the former, but fear the latter.

Trying to get a bit funky The Kooks, ‘Down’ at least shows some inventiveness ahead of their new record due this summer. There is a groove to the track, yet it still feels a little forced and lacks a magic sparkle.

The sheer boredom returns with Daniel James and his new one ‘The Bridge’. A singer-songwriter aiming for the stadium anthem crowd, this falls along way short of even those that were ridiculed years ago for trying this.

Also jumping on some old bandwagons are Yip Deceiver. ‘Presets’ are not only produce annoying Casio-esque dance pop, but unashamedly rip off the likes of Hot Chip and MGMT.

Newcomers Arkon Fly are the chosen ones to relaunch the Locked On label. ‘Through The Fire’ is a passable effort, a light-hearted dance track that makes an early stake for that “sound of the summer track”.

Finally, something I actually like! On the Where Is Alice? EP, Kasket have created three beautiful, atmospheric tracks that float away on fluffy white clouds, the sound of a relaxed summer captured in fifteen short minutes.


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