Singles & Downloads
Dancing girls galore this fortnight. Sophie Ellis Bextor kicks things off with 90s dance throwback, ‘Me and My Imagination’ (Fascination - 1 star), all sunny Ibiza beats and disco strings, but sadly low on charm. Crazy London girls, Duloks have more luck with ‘(I’m Gonna Follow) Your Star Trail’ (Art Goes Pop - 3 stars), a likably surreal mix of chanty-shouty pop and trademark knee-high sport socks. Brighton-based Chungking strut through sexy electropop beats in ‘Love is Here to Stay’ (Institute Recordings - 2 stars), while the stomping bass line on Feist’s ‘My Moon My Man’ (Polydor - 4 stars) sounds magic against her fluttery, breathy vocals.
Nina Persson lends sugar-sweet tones to ‘Your Love is Not Enough’ (SonyBMG - 1 star), a duet with Manic Street Preachers, but even one as beautiful as she can’t improve this painfully catchy pop rock effort. A more successful collaboration comes from Soulsavers, who use Mark Lanegan’s weary lullaby vocals on ‘Revival’ (V2 - 3 stars), a gospel charged slowdance of organs and tambourines.
Closer to home, Glasgow indie kids Endor follow their much hyped first single with ‘We Live In Doors’ (Say Dirty Records - 3 stars), a lovesick mix of twinkly xylophone and throbbing guitars. Ally ‘big in Japan’ Kerr is in regretful mood in ‘Could Have Been A Contender’ (Much Obliged - 3 stars), but the shy, gentle-voiced Glasgow singer-songwriter puts a happy face on here with poppy hooks and wistful sarcasm. On the East side, Edinburgh wonderboys Found turn their sonic eclecticism to the love affair between two speech synthesisers in ‘Synth Like Minds’ (Surface Pressure - 4 stars), a tasty, multi-layered pop cake of bouncy guitars, jerky percussion and 60s electronica. Scotland meets the Deep South in the Ten to Five Project’s moody, bluesy ‘I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again’ (Red Felt Recordings - 3 stars), an Americana-soaked look back at footloose fancy-free times.
Single of the Fortnight goes to Glasgow indie darlings Camera Obscura, with ‘Tears for Affairs’ (Elefant - 4 stars), a swooning, swaying, dreamy summer soundtrack-in-the-making. If you can’t get away from work to go lie in a meadow, Tracyanne Campbell’s floaty voice and holiday blend of Hammond organ, slow maracas and Mexican horns are the musical equivalent of falling asleep in a hammock.