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Music - Singles of the week - Friday, May 27, 2016

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

The 1975, A Change of Heart

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 1: THE 1975 – A CHANGE OF HEART: The 1975 drop a new wave ballad-esque style offering with A Change of Heart, from their latest LP I Like it When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. Built around an insistent, yet disarmingly simple electronic hook and some finger click beats, this is delivered in a soft, under-stated fashion that taps into the heart-ache inherent in the lyrics. The track does gain a little more momentum around the four minute mark, when the synths are more pronounced and accompanied by some background vocal harmonies. But it’s a consistently striking offering and one that should win even more converts to The 1975 sound. What’s more, it’s accompanied by a brilliant video featuring frontman Matthew Healy as a clown who goes from a happy clown to a sad clown over the course of his relationship with a female clown. It’s a stunningly realised offering that might just leave you reaching for the hankies.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Butcher

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2: THE BUTCHERTHE WORLD IS FLAT: After an exceptional reception to Paul Mosley’s last album and debut for Folkwit Records, Paul has taken his creativity up another notch after tending lovingly to ‘The Butcher’ – his folk opera over the past two years, to reveal what is in fact his seventh solo record. Featuring a stunning 20 songs, with 20 plus musicians from six different countries The Butcher is an epic ghost story told in songs. If that sounds intriguing, then check out exhibit A. The World Is Flat has been described as ‘Nick Drake meets ELO’ with strings and a beautiful duet between Jamie Lawson and Esther Dee. Another striking feature are the piano arrangements, which swirl in and out of the track to offset the strings in stunning fashion. It’s cinematic, romantic and utterly enchanting stuff – and should easily get you excited about hearing what the rest of the album has to offer.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Tom Odell

TOM ODELLMAGNETISED: Ahead of the release of his keenly anticipated new album, Wrong Crowd, Tom Odell drops the new single Magnetised and duly impresses. Built around acoustic guitar licks and vibrant piano arrangements, this is a slow-builder that demonstrates a fuller sound to Odell’s songwriting, and a greater maturity. His vocals are highly emotive, almost tip-toeing into falsetto territory at times, while really becoming stretched towards the finale of the track. It’s then that comparisons with bands like Coldplay and The Killers spring to mind, given the expansive nature of the song by then. But Odell then strips things right back down for a lower key close that feels just right. It’s a passionate song and one that is sure to become one of his biggest hits to date.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Fetty Wap

FETTY WAPWAKE UP: American rapper Fetty Wap delivers a broad-side to his school years with new single Wake Up, which takes a trip down memory lane when being awaken to the sound of an alarm signalling another school morning sucked. The release of the track was accompanied by an open letter from the singer explaining why he felt the way he did about school and explaining why not being at the top of the class might not be such a bad thing. It’s a strangely empowering listen – honest, heartfelt and inspirational in its own way. The beats are slick and well arranged (subtle, and only vaguely hip-hop), while the laidback style of the rap means that the song never sounds intrusive, confrontational or preachy. Rather, it adopts an easygoing vibe that’s perfectly in tune with the harmonious electronics, which also endear the track even more. It’s a cracking offering from an artist who is justifiably picking up a strong following on both sides of the Atlantic.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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The Coral

THE CORALHOLY REVELATION: Holy Revelation is the second single to be taken from The Coral’s new album Distance Inbetween, following the BBC 6 Music A-listed Miss Fortune – and it’s a psych-rock gem. It’s further evidence of the heavier sound the Wirral band have decided to adopt this time around, with some groovy psychedelic riffs mixing seamlessly with slick beats and some hazy vocals. It has a classic ’70s retro vibe that heightens the enjoyment, while still managing to sound fresh and contemporary to boot. If anything, it could be one of the more exciting tracks The Coral have ever released – fast, funky and widely accessible. It’s an exciting new era for them. Having recently completed a sold-out UK & European tour The Coral head out on the road again next month, including headlining Liverpool Sound City Festival on 29th May. This will be followed by further UK & European festival appearances throughout the summer, including T In The Park and Benicàssim. The Coral are James Skelly (vocals, guitar), Ian Skelly (drums/percussion/vocals), Nick Power (keyboard/vocals), Paul Duffy (bass/keyboards/vocals), and Paul Molloy (guitar).
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Catfish and the Bottlemen

CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN – 7: After the run away radio success of Soundcheck, Catfish & The Bottlemen have turned to fan favourite 7 as their latest single – and it’s easy to see why. This is one of those easy-going slices of rock that almost immediately hooks you in courtesy of its mix of cute hooks, crunching riffs, fast-slow tempos and boisterous but melodic chorus. There’s very definitely a sense of melancholy in the lyrics but while a sense of loss certainly pervades, the guitar work and drum beats are upbeat enough to make this a toe-tapping and occasionally invigorating mid-tempo listen. And that’s even without the aforementioned chorus, which really does win you over. There’s an Arctic Monkeys vibe attached at times, which only endears them more, as well as the same elements that have helped Catfish & The Bottlemen become such a highly rated act on both sides of the Atlantic.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Benjamin Clementine

BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE – I WON’T COMPLAIN: Benjamin Clementine, Winner of the Mercury Prize 2015, returns with new single I Won’t Complain through Virgin EMI, and its Craig McDean directed video. Taken from the deluxe release of Clementine’s prize winning debut album, At Least For Now, the song was performed live at the close of the Mercury Prize 2015 by the 27-year-old singer/songwriter and features as the soundtrack to the Oscar winning, Steve McQueen directed advertising campaign for Burberry. It’s got that cinematic feel to it, from the swirling piano arrangements that bring a seriousness, to the soulful vocals that find Clementine expressing his full emotional range while singing about dreams, tears and ambitions. It’s a heady mix, borderline melancholy yet somehow hopeful (“it’s a wonderful day… but I won’t complain”), that resonates strongly whenever you hear it. Clementine is now a major player following his Mercury success and this single is further evidence of why.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Bay Rays, New Home

THE BAY RAYSNEW HOME: Garage rockers The Bay Rays follow-up their successful debut single Four Walls with sophomore effort, New Home. It’s another blistering, unfussy blast of garage rock that’s shot through with fiery, edgy guitars and even wilder vocals from lead singer Harry Niccol. And while it certainly does adhere to a tried and tested garage rock formula without offering anything particularly new, it’s delivered with such conviction that you can’t help but be swept along by it (particularly if you like that genre). The chorus is particularly big and brash, recalling some great garage rock anthems of the past, while the guitar work is strong enough throughout to hook you in with its sharp riffs. Comprising of Harry Nicoll (vocals/guitar), Maxwell Oakley (drums) and Anthus Davis (bass), the band formed in the autumn of 2015 and developed a formidable live set, having already supported fellow Kent band Slaves at the end of last year.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Amaroun

AMAROUNFEAR: Alt-folk singer-songwriter Amaroun has announced the upcoming release of her second single The Fear. With nods to the likes of Beck, Eels and Sharon Van Etten evident in her music, Amaroun’s talent has been very clear from a young age, and her awareness of her sound from a technological and sonic point of view emphasises the Northamptonshire act’s unquestioned ability. On The Fear, Amaroun sings about overcoming fear in a manner that sounds both vulnerable yet hopeful, offsetting her beautifully soulful vocals with a slick beat arrangement and some well realised electronics. It’s a slow-paced record, for sure… even a ballad. But there’s something fresh to the sound, too, that endears the song still further, the keen mix of beats, instruments and vocals creating a soothing, even beguiling experience. Amaroun’s passion for music goes beyond the self; as an artist she spends time working on her collective and annual festival Greenstone in her hometown where she provides a platform for other incredible musicians to showcase their artistic talent.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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