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Music - Singles of the Week - Monday, May 4, 2009

IndieLondon gleefully checks out the cream of the week’s singles. All you have to do is click on the pictures to order them…

The King Blues, I Got Love

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 1- THE KING BLUES – I GOT LOVE: One of the undisputed highlights to emerge from The King Blues’ debut album Save The World, Get The Girl is this triumphant ode to love that is destined to become one of the sing-along tracks of the summer. Melodic, breezy, upbeat and reminiscent of Sugar Ray, it’s loaded with sunshine harmonies, head-nodding rhythms and a chorus that’s designed to uplift and be sung aloud (“I’ve got love, so much love in my heart, and this feeling I can’t let go”). The guitar work, in particular, is terrific and there’s even an instrumental version to savour. One to celebrate and rejoice with as you hug the one you love.
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Rating: 4 out of 5

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Polly Scattergood, Please Don't Touch

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2: POLLY SCATTERGOODPLEASE DON’T TOUCH: One of the highlights to emerge from Polly Scattergood’s excellent and eponymous debut LP, Please Don’t Touch is a real little charmer that underlines the brilliance of this latest London talent.Folksy, cute and sassily finger-snapping, it’s a cheeky listing of all her shortcomings that seems to revel in them, and it arrives like a ray of sunshine to brighten the album. The chorus, in particular, contains an effortlessly catchy, sing-along vibe that’s both impossibly warm and kind of kooky. As an artist, Scattergood is a real enigma. Her debut album may reference suicidal tendencies, sadness in the air, spitting on her French knickers and being called a whore, as well as the fear of living in London, but it’s by turns beautiful and beguiling, stark and enchanting. Vocally, she’s also reminiscent of everyone from PJ Harvey to Bjork and Robyn. This is the sound of her at her most poppy and appealing and it’s really quite addictive. The Golden Filters remix is pretty darn cool (and ethereal) too!
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Rating: 4 out of 5

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U2, Magnificent

U2 – MAGNIFICENT: Magnificent, the second single to emerge from U2’s latest album, No Line On The Horizon, is exactly as its name suggests, opening with the sort of riff The White Stripes would love, and mixing subtle beats and synths with more sterling guitar work from The Edge. Once he lays down the central riff, it’s like revisiting U2 in their early years and you’ll be singing along “magnificent” in gleeful harmony with Bono. It’s one of the albums many highlights and proof that U2 continue to be one of the biggest and most consistently excellent bands on the planet at the moment – and that’s contrary to what some critics have suggested about the latest LP. It’s not their greatest body of work, but it’s still a mighty return.
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Rating: 4 out of 5

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Au Revoir Simone

AU REVOIR SIMONESHADOWS: The first single from the third album from Brooklyn’s Au Revoir Simone, Shadows, speaks about the fear of change over frenetic Rhodes keys. It’s another song, of course, that’s reliant on an increasingly employed electronic sound. But while the majority of acts prefer for kitsch and ‘80s influenced, Au Revoir Simone go for dark, urgent undertones which eventually flourish into a rainbow chorus. Hence, early on the single is stark and almost ethereal, with an entrancing set of female vocals being the main focal point. But as the song gathers pace, it’s quietly exhilarating and just keeps getting better. It’s backed by the equally appealing bonus track Grateful, which is more pensive and stripped back, but every bit as beguiling. Over the past year, Au Revoir Simone have begun to explore what it means to leave behind the people and places they love so regularly, returning back again and again to find subtle changes each time. Exploring the complications of distance and closeness, they then began to write a new body of songs. The first fruits are pretty darn special.
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Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Days, Never Give Up

DAYSNEVER GIVE UP: The Days release their second single in the form of breezy summer pop offering Never Give Up. Written by frontman Luke Simpkins, bassist Dan Simpkins and producer Mark Taylor, the track is designed to put a bounce in your step and encourages perseverance in life, and a positive outlook. The melodies are sharp, the chorus worthy of singing along with, and the whole package has a glossy, radio-friendly package that’s reminiscent of other shiny indie-pop offerings from the likes of Ben Folds or Scouting for Girls. These Devon kids may be pop-lite but sometimes that’s all you need to appeal – and they go about their songwriting with a positivity that’s actually quite appealing. Worth a listen.
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Innerpartysystem EP

INNERPARTYSYSTEMHEART OF FIRE EP: Innerpartysystem release new EP Heart of Fire fresh from their headline slot at the recent Give It A Name Festival. Taken from their eponymous album, it’s a typically industrious slice of songwriting that’s electronically charged and epic in scope. Unfortunately, it’s not one of the more standout offerings – which makes it a curious choice as a single. Far better, ironically, is one of the B-sides, The Way We Move, which benefits from a more poppy feel, some vocoder assisted vocals and a sharper synth bedding. Night Is Alive threatens a Depeche Mode-style dark epic in its early synth works, but then fluffs it vocally, while Heart That Heals showcases a hitherto untapped vulnerability, and benefits from some restraint. It’s still quite urgent and reliant on fizzy synth loops, but it slow-builds rather than rushing straight into things, and even drops a pretty decent chorus. Lover’s Dancing then rounds off the EP in two formats: the original, which is a fairly decent electronic number, and a remix, which layers on the beats and attempts to come over a little too Ibiza-friendly. A mixed bag then…
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Rating: 3 out of 5

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In Case of Fire

IN CASE OF FIREENEMIES: In Case of Fire unleash the incendiary new single Enemies as the third release from their acclaimed debut album, Align The Planets (which lands on May 11). Featuring full-speed ahead, crunching guitar riffs and typically pounding and unrelenting drum loops, this is an angry effort that drifts from aggressive to wailed vocals, and a self-consciously heady approach. In its favour, it clocks in at a little over two and a half minutes, and does manage to maintain some semblance of melody amongst the heaviness. But you really have to dig your hard rock and have tickets for Download to best appreciate it. Still, it should be interesting to see what the remainder of the album brings in terms of diversity.
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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