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Music - Singles of the week - Monday, January 28, 2013

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

The Courteeners, Lose Control

THE COURTEENERSLOSE CONTROL: The Courteeners look to expand their sound with the release of new single Lose Control and duly impress like seldom before. Opening with a swirling electronic arrangement, the band then hit the listener with some emphatic guitar riffs and some dark, brookding vocals. The chorus has a euphoric quality to it as well, veering towards the anthemic while combining all of the single’s successful elements (including those swirling synths). It’s powerful, head-rush inducing and evidence of a band growing in statutre with their eye on filling bigger concert venues. You can tick off the references too… whether it’s Bloc Party, Interpol, their own back catalogue or other bands of that ilk. It’s a solid comeback for them.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Pigeon Detectives

THE PIGEON DETECTIVESANIMAL: Having sold over 500,000 albums, The Pigeon Detectives return with the first single to be taken from their fourth studio album due later in the year in the form of Animal. Already hailed as a ‘Hottest Record in The World’ by Radio’s 1 Zane Lowe, this is a short, snappy anthem in waiting that’s driven by sharp guitar riffs, a towering chorus and an infectious sense of energy that shows The Pigeon Detectives have lost none of their ability to deliver the goods without outstaying their welcome. Matt Bowman (vocals) said of the track: “Animal is one of those songs that we knew would work well in front of a live audience as soon as we started writing it. It’s an exciting tune with a raw sinister edge to it, but it still retains all the catchiness usually associated with The Pigeon Detectives. We all agreed it was the song to set our stall out with and the in your face guitars is a statement of intent.” Job done, we’d say!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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The Getaway Plan

THE GETAWAY PLANPHANTOMS: After two Top 20 albums, countless headline shows and numerous festivals in their homeland of Australia, Adelaide quintet The Getaway Plan are now building an international profile too. After the positive press which greeted the UK release of their second album Requiem and their first tour on these shores as support to Pierce The Veil, they now release the single Phantoms. Produced by the three-time Grammy winner David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, Stone Sour), the track offers a calling card for The Getaway Plan’s ambitious and anthemic alt-rock attack. When The Getaway Plan first previewed Phantoms on their official site, their Facebook page gained 10,000 new followers in just a few days. It’s got towering guitar riffs, a stadium-sized chorus and plenty of foreboding lyrics (“we are the voices in your head when you need silence, we are the lost, we are the dead, we’re here to make sure you’re aware”). It has a certain easy appeal for this alt-rock thing, despite not really offering that much that’s different. But you can well imagine it creeping onto a film soundtrack sometime soon… and probably something with a horror/Halloween theme. If the Twilights were still going, it could well find a berth there, such is the sound of what to expect.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Jessie Ware, If You're Never Gonna Move

JESSIE WARE – IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE: Jessie Ware seems to specialise in understated pop but whereas some of that needs energising, her current release If You’re Never Gonna Move showcases the better side of her talent. Featuring a sultry set of vocals set against slick beats and some subtle synth arrangements, this is almost a day-dream of a single that’s laidback, yet still toe-tapping, and nicely delivered. A video that recalls those heady days of summer, featuring Ware singing on a bridge and strolling through a park, merely heightens the chilled out nature of this particular release – arguably Ware’s best offering to date.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Calvin Harris, Drinking From The Bottle

CALVIN HARRIS feat TINIE TEMPAHDRINKING FROM THE BOTTLE: Calvin Harris is like musical marmite – you either seem to love him or hate him. Drinking From The Bottle, the latest cut to be dropped from his 18 Months LP, is one of those tracks that falls into the latter category for us. A generic slice of dance music that combines the big club scene with an urban element, this is soulless and non-distinct. Or rather, it’s average Harris fare – headrush synths, slick beats and a guest vocalist, on this occasion Tinie Tempah, offering a fast lyrical flow about nothing in particular (or hedonism). It’ll be massive because it’s a sure-fire dancefloor filler on the big club circuit. But that doesn’t make it good.
Rating: 2 out of 5

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Devlin feat Diane Birch, Rewind

DEVLIN feat DIANE BIRCHREWIND: Devlin looks to refine his sound away from the straight-forward dance of his debut LP Bud, Sweat And Beers into something more cinematic on forthcoming album, A Moving Picture. The first evidence of that is new single Rewind, a rap-sung duet with Diane Birch – alas, it fails to impress. Birch contributes the better half of the record, with a decent chorus, while Devlin raps throughout the verses for all his worth, delivering statements on his own place in the sceheme of things such as “while I try to recollect what made me who I am besides a poet”. There are slick beats, epic string arrangements and a clear eye towards radio friendly pop-rap appeal. But it also sounds way too familiar and over produced to have any real heart attached.
Rating: 2 out of 5

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