Singles Round-Up: w/c 15th December 2014

And so this is Christmas. And what have you done? Only gone and put out a single when no-one gives a figgy pudding - that's what!

He made our albums of the year list, and who am I to argue with our younger contributors - especially when they appear to know their stuff. 'I Don't Want To Go Home' showcases Nick Mulvey's easy-going style, and marks the end of his breakthrough year. Have beard, will travel it appears. Meanwhile, the video for the new Owen Pallett single is nearly seven minutes long, and who has that kind of time to spare at this time of the year? The song itself builds nicely, but the visuals are the kind of youthful crises of existentialism that, frankly, would be better suited to, oh, February.

'2000 Miles' has become something of a Christmas standard. Chrissie Hynde thinks it's about time a new generation were acquainted with its charms. This is a good thing. This stripped back version showcases Hynde's strong vocal, but there are some annoying guitar string noises in the background for some reason. A kind of artistic statement perhaps? Grumpy old sods Sparks mark the (gasp!) fortieth anniversary of their groundbreaking Kimono My House album with a digital single for the track 'Thank God It's Not Christmas'. It is, of course, as awesome as it ever was. Whereas Ed Harcourt's 'The Way I Live' may be lovely but comes with all kinds of promotional embellishments courtesy of Burberry and a video featuring Romeo Beckham. It may be the time of goodwill to all men, etc. but as they say down the hood, fuck dat.

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