Singles & Downloads
It would seem that the season-savvy have been busy fashioning tracks to stay indoors to. Sofas, fine lounging and low key indie sounds are the order of the day for this fortnight’s top runners. Producer Kwes’ salutation to the slipper-set, debut solo single ‘Hearts in Home’ (Salvia) ●●●●, makes for a warming slice of electro pop, with eclectic beats and rain sounds topped of by some honest cockney Skinner-style vocals. Lovely stuff.
Kings of the cotch Sigur Ros proffer the relatively ecstatic and surprisingly energetic ‘Vio spilum endalaust’ (EMI) ●●●, and a further backlash against the plaintive comes in the form of Sleeping States’ unusually lively release ‘Old vs New EP’ (Bella Union) ●●●. Conor Oberst’s overly enthusiastic jig, ‘I Don’t Want to Die (In the Hospital)’ (Wichita) ●, provokes not only confusion, but also a severe case of ear panic. A slightly better solo performance comes from New Zealand’s Liam Finn with ‘Better to Be’ (Transgressive) ●●.
Local outfit We See Lights sing with gusto, but sickeningly sweet folksy pop duet ‘Parachute’ (demo) ●● is sadly more Balamory than Belle & Sebastian. Aberfeldy make a confident return with ‘Claire’ (17 Second Records) ●●●, which takes a jovial dig at ‘the woman who lives down the stair’. And honourable mentions for quirk must go to the effortlessly pleasing ‘Genesis P and Me’ (Howtoswim) ●●● from How to Swim, and Le Reno Amp’s boldly backwater ‘Send Me on My Way’ (Drift Records) ●●●.
There’s an R&B comeback for boy band New Kids on the Block with Usher aspirant Ne-Yo. ‘Single’ (Interscope) ●, is worth only a brief gander, while Girls Aloud continue their girl/perhaps-a-little-too-grown-up-now group reign with consummate pop single ‘The Promise’ (Polydor) ●●●.
Close contenders for top position, Baltimore duo Beachhouse, release ‘Used to Be’ (Bella Union) ●●●●, an Autumnal lo-fi indie lament shot through with dreamy vocals. Single of the Fortnight, however, goes to New York City-based Asobi Seksu with the assertive and urgent ‘Me and Mary’ ●●●● (One Little Indian), a punchy piece of pop with some added ethereal nonsense on the B-side. Pull the curtains and enjoy.