Singles Of The Week // 29th May 2012
Little Comets - 'Jennifer'
Newcastle's favourite sons really have done it again. As a man who is recovering from a beer festival, where pint prices ended up at 50p, I can vouch for the infectious optimism of 'Jennifer'. On a hangover, not a whole lot can drag me from the realisation that the world is a cruel place, but this more than does the job, as Little Comets continue to flourish. 'Jennifer' is a great reminder of the act's lyrical prowess and gift for harmony, demonstrating why the Vampire Weekend comparisons are so pertinent. As my Geordie housemate says, this is sound. Really, really good.
Huski – 'Sleeps Over'
A glittery pop number up next from Huski. This takes quite a heavy club influence yet still moulds a catchy pop niche for itself, reminiscent of someone like Little Boots. Definitely a grower, I highly recommend you check this out.
Laurence & the Slab Boys – ‘Mushroom’
Perhaps inappropriate for the weather, you might be better suited in waiting for Wednesday's rain to really get the best of this, as you come to wallow in the kraut-rock guitars and just a smidgeon of angst. I'm actually being facetious, this is a belter, recalling the Horrors particular brand of shoegaze. Get it whilst it's hot.
Towns – ‘Just Everything’
Awesome. Like some sort of sexy Gross Magic, here are Towns with the utterly brilliant 'Just Everything' to round up this week's selection of singles. The more I listen, the more this sounds like it could have been written by Peace, playing on the current zeitgeist of nineties hooks, and it is bloody fantastic. A smashing way to start your week.
Another day, another dollar. Well, no, another day, a further squeeze of the student loan. Great. This week sees the Brits, bastion of taste and talent, along with the re-return of Blur. Having debuted a new song, 'Under The Westway', a tour will no doubt be announced pretty soon, which I'm frankly unsure about, having been one of those dicks lucky enough to see them at Glastonbury. [read more]
Thanks to Cosmo Jarvis and The Collectable Few, last week's competition saw a frankly ludicrous 6670 votes cast, absolutely rinsing the previous best for the article, and taking huge advantage of the publicity garnered through Facebook, so cheers very much for that. After a massively competitive start to the contest, and a very fun argument breaking out in the Comments section, Cosmo Jarvis came out on top with 61.44% of the vote. Credit is due to The Collectable Few though, who s... (continued) [read more]
The sun is out, everybody is skint and, if you're anything like me, still recovering from Glastonbury and the questionable Arcade Fire gig at Hyde Park. Therefore, I'll keep the chat on the downlow this week, and simply state that there are some fantastic releases out from the likes of Givers, and some not so brilliant tracks from ridiculous characters like Bright Eyes. Happy? Have a listen and get voting at the bottom. [read more]