New music: singles and EPs, November 2015
Featuring Everything Everything, The Lovely Eggs and Public Service Broadcasting
Before drawn-in days and dreams of shafts of sunlight through iron sky gets all too much, lend an ear to Everything Everything’s track ‘No Reptiles’ (●●● RCA, 20 Nov) among this issue’s stack of new releases. Despite some obscure lyrics – yes, reptiles are mentioned, as are eggs for reasons unknown – their trademark head-boppy pop will subdue the blues.
The sheer ruckus of Damn Vandals’ single ‘I Hate School’ (●●●● Sexy Beast, 6 Nov) is enough to make you want to don full leather when you’re going down the shops. Equally gritty, Fist City’s double A-side, ‘Let’s Rip/End of the Good Times’ (●●●● Transgressive, 13 Nov) is unhinged and manic in the best kind of way.
Now, to bring the tempo down and reduce the risk of palpitations. Former bass player of Wu Lyf, Francis Lungs’ EP, Faeher’s Son (●●●● Songs Records, 20 Nov) features delicate piano and dreamy vocals and is melancholy and beautiful, while, reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, The Deadline Shakes’ double A-side, ‘Frozen Out/Sweeten the Deal’ (●●● Flowers in the Dustbin, 22 Nov) is busy with some satisfying, feel-good banjo thrown in for good measure. Then, of course, there's C Duncan, whose single ‘For (Autumn Rebuild)’ (●●●●, Fat Cat Records, Nov 27) showcases subtle, stunning layers of instruments and harmonies. Off of his Mercury Prize nominated album, this track is blissfully ethereal - its warmth will make those chilly days feel a little less cold.
New kids on the block, Merakis’, single ‘Bright Lights’, (●●● self-released, 10 Nov) fuses folk and soul in a rousing fashion, whilst Rare Monks’ self-titled EP (●●● B3SCI, 20 Nov) offers some solid indie rock – the riffs on ‘Warning Pulse’ are catchy without becoming incessantly imbedded in your brain.
Looking for less indie, more synths and inter-galactic references, perhaps? Public Service Broadcasting’s new EP, Sputnik/Korolev (●●●● Piccadilly, 20 Nov) has more in their reworked material than you can shake a stick at, while Tuff Love’s EP Dregs (●●●, Lost Map Records, 6 Nov) delivers some top notch guitar pop, permeated with fuzz and with dreamy vocals over the top.