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Music - Singles of the week - Friday, January 18, 2019

IndieLondon gleefully checks out the cream of the week’s singles

LOVA, My Name Isn't

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 1: LOVA – MY NAME ISN’T: Sweden’s fastest-rising new musical export LOVA shares a new single entitled My Name Isn’t and continues to impress. The 20-year-old pop singer and songwriter pulls no punches with this empowering female declaration of independence. Over a backdrop of handclaps, echoing guitars, organic percussion and warbled samples, she announces: “My name isn’t ‘Baby,’ you cannot say whatever you feel like… I am not the things you call me.” The ensuing track boasts a sassy, pro-feminist outlook, some timely point making and a bouncy backdrop that ensures your head and feet will be nodding and tapping along. The hip-hop lite beats are a plus, too, bringing some edge to the pop sheen and tipping its toe into R’n‘B waters vocally. LOVA is obviously someone to watch because this is fiercely empowering power pop that’s as catchy as hell. She comments: “It’s nothing new that we women are tired—tired of living in the background of men, tired of having to raise our voices to be heard, tired of feeling afraid late at night, and tired of always adjusting for men who cannot keep their hands and mouths under control.”
Rating: 4 out of 5

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The 1975

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2: THE 1975 – I LIKE AMERICA & AMERICA LIKES ME: To mark their sold out shows at London’s O2 Arena this weekend, The 1975 have dropped the single and a 3D animated lyric video for I Like America & America Likes Me, taken from their critically acclaimed new album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The result is as striking as any of the tracks they’ve released so far, albeit a little more experimental. Featuring a vocoder style vocal, fragmented electronic loops and vocals, and provocative lyrics, this manages to be both a compelling listen and a song with something to say. The central line, “I’m scared of dying”, is backed up, throughout, by observations and pleas such as “when you bleed – say so” and “would you please listen!” It’s a song with a lot on its mind. Fans of the band will doubtless lap it up. But this may boast crossover potential for anyone willing to get behind – or who already agrees with – its sentiments. I wouldn’t expect it to feature on Donald Trump’s playlist though!
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Slide

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 3: SLIDEFLOATING: Indie fans pining for the absence of bands like Feeder can console themselves with Slide’s latest offering, Floating. A lively indie-pop anthem in waiting, this has a classic Feeder vibe attached to the guitars, some Flaming Lips-style vocals and some very bouncy piano arrangements, that add up to a very lively, addictively catchy whole. It’s not got much meaning, by the band’s own admission, but it does offer a dreamy slice of indie-pop that’s effortlessly easy to enjoy. Commenting on the track themselves, Slide said: “We aren’t entirely sure what the song is about to be honest. It’s a dreamy one, but it’s supposed to be, you know? We liked the idea of this hallucinatory element of some of the instrumental being present in the lyrics as well. I think it’s about losing yourself in thought, and maybe losing yourself in love too. Ultimately anything can become a ghost and whether it’s just in your head or not doesn’t really matter. Either way you end up spending a whole lot of time in there… behind the eyes that is.” Floating is taken from Slide’s debut EP, Into Happiness, which is set for release in Spring 2019. It’s the follow up to their debut single, Laugh Some More, which was released in November and encapsulates the band’s spirit perfectly. Rough around the edges but with plenty of heart, like all their rock heroes before
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Skinny Lister, My Distraction

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: SKINNY LISTER – MY DISTRACTION: Skinny Lister kickstart their 2019 with a gutsy piece of pop-rock in the form of the foot-stomping My Distraction. The track is already being hailed as a premier piece of procrastination-inspired power-pop goodness given that it finds its touch points in the angular and playful sounds comparable to Blondie or The Jam at their peak. A new-wave flecked, sugar-coated thrill clocking in at just over the two-and-a half-minute mark, the single is the latest cut to be lifted from the band’s highly anticipated new album, The Story Is… out on March 1, 2019. It’s a romp of a record, that suggests Skinny Lister have added some edgy grit to their more amiable pop melodies. Offering further insight into the themes of the new single, Skinny’s Dan and Lorna said: “My Distraction is about being so obsessed with something that everything else falls by the wayside. When only one thing is in focus and everything else is merely background noise. Even though written initially with broader meaning, the lyrics are particularly fitting for our current fixation with modern technology and, even more particularly, our tethering of ourselves to our smart phones.” On typically fun-loving form, My Distraction is of course companioned with a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek new video that sees the band playing on the track’s themes of our tech-binging addictions. In scenes perhaps best described as GoggleBox meets Star Trek, the video finds frontwoman Lorna Thomas unexpectedly transported across space and time at the hands of her TV remote.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Dan Caplen, Love Me The Same

DAN CAPLENLOVE ME THE SAME: Rising singer-songwriter Dan Caplen has announced the release of new single, Love Me The Same, which lands as his first new material of 2019. Stripped back and written at the piano, Love Me The Same is a tender, gentle ballad written to honour his mother, with whom he credits for always having his back, through both the good times and the bad. “To put it simply, it’s about my mum,” says Dan. “No matter how far I’ve gone, she’s there to put me in check, and set me straight when I’m outta line.” It’s a personal song, for sure, but it also displays some big ideas. The provocative opening line, for instance, declares “I’m not holy, but tell me who is, a priest can be saintly or a hypoctive”, the song then proceeds to confess “there’s no hiding the things that I do”. It then turns its attention to Caplen’s guiding force, his mother, who loves him no matter what, as well as providing an inspiration and a guiding light. The song is a really nicely composed ballad that is relatable for anyone who appreciates what their mother does for them. The video, too, finds Caplen at the piano, as well as visiting his mother for some touching mother-son bonding. It’s inspiring stuff.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Crystal Fighters

CRYSTAL FIGHTERSALL MY LOVE: Supported by Jack Saunders at Radio 1, Crystal Fighters’ latest track All My Love has proved to be the most popular moment of their recent Hypnotic Sun EP. It’s now set to be discovered by a wider audience with the launch of its official video. The track continues the band’s adventurous streak for exploring personal experiences within exhilarating electro-pop anthems. This time around, they capture the uncertainty of a potentially blossoming relationship with a sing-along hook that’s sure to be a standout moment of their future live shows. The chorus, in particular, is catchy as hell… and anthemic. It’s euphoric, almost, yet nowhere near as celebratory as the title suggests. Rather, it asks: “Am I wasting all my time with you?” The accompanying hooks, electronics, beats and vocals are geared to making you want to get up and dance in celebratory fashion. It’s a standout moment. Talking about the song, the band’s multi-instrumentalist Gilbert Vierich commented: “We’ve all been there, right? You’re there, you really like someone, but are you wasting your time? This happens to me on a weekly basis. The people I’m in love with aren’t in love with me.” The accompanying video, directed by Balthazar Klarwein of the O Creative Studio (Solange, A$AP Rocky, FKA twigs) in Barcelona, transports Crystal Fighters’ frontman Bast Pringle to a trippy, psychedelic tunnel. He falls under the spell of mysterious Goddess, her already otherworldly status heightened by her striking four-eyed facial features. The video’s aesthetic touches on the retro-futuristic style of Gaudi and Kubrick.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Orville Peck

ORVILLE PECKDEAD OF NIGHT: Masked enigmatic country crooner Orville Peck has announced he will release his debut album, Pony, on March 22, 2019, via Sub Pop. New single and video, Dead of Night, from the record, is streaming online now. The track is described as a torch song about two hustlers traveling through Nevada desert. Their whirlwind romance takes us on a dusty trail of memories – racing down canyon highways, hitchhiking through casino towns and ultimately, ending in tragedy. It’s a trippy slice of country, with stark, Duane Eddy style guitar hooks and a Chris Isaak meets Nick Cave kind of vocal… laidback but foreboding. And while it’s definitely an acquired taste, it has something addictive and compelling about it, which is only enhanced by the cinematic video that finds Orville and his posse of companions – a washed up gambler, a Cubano boxer, a Senegalese cowgirl and a Wild West club kid (played by Hopper Penn, Alex Cammen, Magné Ndiaye and Dez Sam, respectively) – at the legendary Chicken Ranch brothel (the real-life inspiration for The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas). It features many of the ladies who work there. Dead of Night was directed by Michael Maxxis, and shot on location in Nevada. Orville, himself, will also play a London residency this February and March with three live shows announced.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Mull Historical Society

MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETYLITTLE BIRD: Mull Historical Society starts 2019 with a new single and several live shows. Islander Colin MacIntyre, award-winning musician, author and now playwright, is proving himself to be one of the UK’s most prolific talents. He rounded off last year – which included two new book releases – with a very special London show on St Andrew’s Day with Bernard Butler, producer of the latest widely acclaimed album Wakelines, released on Xtra Mile Recordings last autumn. A beautiful new mix of Little Bird, by Bernard (taken from the album) is available now, backed with an acoustic version of MacIntyre’s debut single, Barcode Bypass, released originally in 2000 to wide acclaim, achieving the NME Debut Single of the Year. The new mix plays up the cinematic elements of this soaring ballad, featuring skyscraping vocal harmonies, lush string arrangements and pining vocals that enable the song to reach some giddy heights. As ever, with MacIntry’s songwriting, it’s thoughtfully composed and beautifully delivered.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Kyle Falconer, What's Love Got To Do With It?

KYLE FALCONERWHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?: After five hit albums, a Mercury Prize nomination and countless sold-out shows with The View, the band’s frontman Kyle Falconer released his debut solo album, No Thank You last year on Riverman Records. The album received fantastic critical acclaim and earned Falconer ‘Best Album’ at the Scottish Music Awards in December last year. Falconer has recently returned from Thailand where he recorded a covers EP of some of his personal favourite songs, leading with the surprising What’s Love Got To Do With It?, his take on the Tina Turner classic. And while perhaps a surprising choice, it’s a lovingly delivered cover version that pays suitably stylish homage to the original. The basic construct remains the same, albeit with Falconer’s distinct vocal style replacing the husky tones of Turner, and some brilliant guitar solos replacing the more pop elements of the ’80s original. Falconer injects plenty of passion, too, gutsily blasting out the central vocals over the chorus, and sounding suitably crestfallen as well. It’s a great insight into the type of quality we can expect from the rest of the EP, which also includes the mouth-watering prospect of hearing him cover Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way and Toy Story‘s You’ve Got A Friend In Me (to name but two). Black Eyes, Blue Tears and Four Seasons In One Day round out the playlist.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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