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JAKE BUGG – ON MY ONE
After three years out of the game, Jake Bugg is back with his distinctively melancholic tones.
‘On My One’ is a sign of Bugg growing and maturing in age but not so much in sound. Taking the route he so often does with his simplistic guitar and vocals, the Bugg sound is as distinctive as an early Neil Young track.
As the music takes a backseat though, the lyrical prowess of Bugg shines through: “3 years on the road/400 shows/Where do I call home/No place to go/Where do I belong/Oh I’m so lonesome on my one.”
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MIIKE SNOW – THE HEART OF ME
After Tame Impala’s rise to prominence in the past year, it’s no doubt that other artists are taking notes from the sonic seminars of Currents.
Indie synthpop master Miike Snow has taken the atmospheric ingredients from Parker and released them into their own universe of piano riff pop. ‘The Heart of Me’ rolls smoothly through trademark Snow vocals, into an earworm chant of “Oh oh ohs”.
Snow’s aptitude for churning together the worlds of organic music and electro madness always proves a hit, and he’s never scared to take a leap into the unknown; the auto-tuned speech in the second half of the track stands out as a real creative statement in a killer composition.
RUPERT TAYLOR @
JULIAN CASABLANCAS – RUN RUN RUN
Julian Casablancas has taken a break from his Voidz to record a fiery cover of the classic Velvet Underground track ‘Run Run Run’ for Mick Jagger’s new rock and roll TV show ‘Vinyl’.
Julian’s voice is more than suited to the rough and ready style that Lou Reed coined. He’s no stranger to the lazy vocals that fit perfectly over distorted riffs and pretty mental solos. The Strokes’ frontman adds his effortlessly cool New York drawl to song so laid back it’s practically horizontal.
MADDY HARDMAN @
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN – SOUNDCHECK
Some bands are just good at pulling catchy riffs from the bag – Catfish and the Bottlemen are starting to rub it in the faces of those who aren’t with their latest single ‘Soundcheck’.
A verse like an early 2000s teen-rock anthem falls uncontrollably into the rabbit hole of Van McCann’s melodic bridge. If you found yourself chanting along to ‘Kathleen’ and ‘Pacifier’, you won’t be able to resist Catfish’s most infectious tune to date.
With any hope, the follow up album to 2014’s The Balcony will follow suit, with a step up so high that any fan’s black skinnies will perish under the strain.
RUPERT TAYLOR @
WEEZER – L.A. GIRLZ
California’s Weezer have released the third track from their upcoming self-titled album, nicknamed The White Album, ‘L.A. Girlz’. It easily surpasses ‘Do You Wanna Get High’ and ‘Thank God For Girls’ to be the superior of the known tracks on the anticipated release.
A powerfully catchy tune built on concrete riffs and escalating momentum, it is an embodiment of the elements that have seen the band at their best, but with a lighter, softer edge. ‘L.A. Girlz’ is the closest entity February can offer to a summer anthem, a sense enhanced by the video.
ADRIANNE GORON @
PVRIS – YOU AND I
As rock band PVRIS’ first new song since their 2014 debut, ‘You and I’, will definitely leave you humming if nothing else. What begins soft and dreamy quickly introduces a catchy chorus of “oh oh ohs” along with a powerful dance beat perfect for screaming out and dancing to at the club.
The sound isn’t much different from previous album White Noise, but if this track is any example of how the Massachusetts trio’s second record will sound, it’s sure to be another success.