Francois & The Atlas Mountains win single of the fortnight title
Releases from How to Swim, Lightships and Planningtorock also reviewed
From Ashes Rise - ‘Rejoice The End/Age of Sanity’ (Southern Lord, ****)
Best filed alongside crust punk bands Tragedy and His Hero is Gone, this new 7” from Portland’s From Ashes Rise ticks all the modern crusty requirements with their highly emotive choruses, motorised d-beat chuggage and hints of Portland punk rockers Poison Idea.
Planningtorock - ‘Patriarchy Over and Out’ (Human Level, **)
Polished beats from the Berlin-based producer with an intriguing string loop aided with tighter-than-tight claps. Sadly the vocals come across as a monotonal impression of Jimmy Somerville, bringing down an otherwise catchy floor filler.
TNGHT - ‘TNGHT’ (Warp/LuckyMe, ***)
A new collaboration between Lunice and Hudson Mohawke, with the usual speeded-up vocal breaks, time changes and larger than life horn/bass thumps. It’s a fun release, but it has a severe case of dance floor A.D.D at times.
How To Swim - ‘Bacterium’ (Personal Hygiene, **)
Pseudo-idie-ska from this nine-piece Glasgow outfit. ‘Bacterium’ sounds somewhere between Space and something from Suggs’ old karaoke show on Channel 5. For all its pop potential, it’s decades out of touch.
Lightships - ‘Fear and Doubt’ (Domino, ***)
Tender guitar-pop, as you’d expect from the other band of Mr Gerard Love (Teenage Fanclub), definitely one that will appeal to the floppy haired partisans – but it’s treading the same old Glasgow indie water of yesteryears.
Post War Years - ‘Glass House EP’ (Chess Club Records, ****)
This East London quartet’s ambient take on pop seems a little too indebted to the likes of Grizzly Bear with their latest EP. There are moments of synth-heavy charm on the title track ‘Glass House’ and ‘Brazil’ – but it’s all somewhat recycled.
Francois & The Atlas Mountains (pictured, above) - ‘Edge of Town’ (Domino, ****)
Lovely summertime lushness with excellent use of conga and djembes throughout, touching upon similar sunny vibrations found in the likes of Washed Out but with a continental twist on top of it. A track to sip Pimms to perhaps, and for that reason alone, we’re giving it Single of the Fortnight.