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YEASAYER – SILLY ME

Shared on Radio 1 by Annie Mac, ‘Silly Me’ is a sprightly ¾ time jaunt through post-relationship thoughts. Each guitar line, set with individual effects and distortions, fits with each other as well as the numerous synth sounds. The outcome is a groove that would fit on any Passion Pit album with ease, and a surprisingly happy sounding break-up song.

The horn section in the breakdown adds another confusingly cheerful element to the track, but it doesn’t seem out of place, in fact, Yeasayer are wholly successful in creating a chirpy sense of retrospect and regret.

8.0/10
MADDY HARDMAN @PseudoAgatha

ARCHITECTS – A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

Architects are back with their first single off their new record, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, set to be released in May. In typical Architects style, ‘A Match Made in Heaven’ has so much anger and a strong political/social message within the lyrics.

This track proves that Sam Carter’s vocals grow stronger with every release and combined with the infectious melodies and hard hitting riffs, this track hits the mark in every way you want it to. If ‘A Match Made in Heaven’ is something to go by, Architects are going to be dropping one of the best records of 2016.

7.5/10
SAM TAYLOR @thatsth3spirit

MEGHAN TRAINOR – NO

No matter how hard you try, there are always preconceived notions when an artist releases a new single, maybe even more so when that artist is Meghan Trainor.

You are probably aware a catchy chorus is about to linger in your head for the rest of the day, and you’re more than likely expecting to hear the metaphorical sound of a Hubba Bubba explode in your face, and you’d be correct.

With her latest release she is “addressing” female-forward issues – if telling guys ‘NO’ in a club counts as that, in a true Rihanna/Nicki Minaj fashion that is a big, fat NO. (Sorry).

4.0/10
ANDREW SHELLEY @A_Shelley11

THE WORD ALIVE – MADE THIS WAY

‘Made This Way’ is the third single from The Word Alive’s new album Dark Matter. The song starts out with a very typical heavy rock guitar sound. The chorus is catchy and shows a similarity to the well-known song ‘Numb’ by Parkway Drive which will make anyone want to get up and sing along.

This single sounds very different to the other two that have previously been released but when put together, they give a good insight as to what the new album will hopefully sound like. Dark Matter is released on March 18th

7.5/10
BECCA MOORE @beccamoore_

THE FAMILY RAIN – EVERY SO OFTEN

Bath sibling trio The Family Rain return with the release of new track ‘Every So Often’ and announcement of a new EP of the same name, released 18 March, the first release since Hunger Sauce EP in 2014.

The band have developed their raw blues infused rock to hit harder with hefty riffs, as is the case with this track, lead by the strong, solid riff from Ollie Walter. Still with hints of the band’s sound from debut Under the Volcano, they have worked on building up every aspect to produce the highly anticipated new album.

8.0/10
MATT SMITH @MatthewJamesSmi

MODERN BASEBALL – EVERYDAY

Modern Baseball have turned the corner a little too early with ‘Everyday’, another new teaser track taken from their upcoming record, Holy Ghosts.

The Philadelphia quartet are maturing their fun loving high school theme song, to a college graduation party.  Breaking into immediate vocals, the light melodic rhythms keep you swaying along to the whispering words.

The band seems to have taken on a developed sound to previous release, You’re Gonna Miss It All. There are no outbreak alarms, nor moments where you can rage to, but bitter sweet utterances that are tranquil.

8.0/10
ISHA SHAH @L0wRegards

YEARS & YEARS (FEAT. TOVE LO) – DESIRE

Following in the footsteps of contemporaries Wolf Alice and Charli XCX, Years and Years have given an under-appreciated early single a lick of paint and a sexy new video.

‘Desire’ sees them recruit buzzy Swedish pop-babe Tove Lo for some wispy backing vocals and a couple of new verses, and while her contribution does feel a little tacked-on, this tropical banger still sparkles.

All it needs is a shitty Calvin Harris rework, and you’re looking at an Ibiza-ready summer hit.

7.0/10
CHARYS NEWTON @charysnewton

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