Singles column 13 Aug 2012 - Green Day, Paloma Faith, Mumford & Sons, Cat Power, Toy & more
Jamie Skey @jamie_skey rounds-up all this week's most significant singles, plus the new songs that have surfaced online in the last seven days that you shouldn't miss...
Singles out today, 13 August 2012
After the very un-punk stroke of transposing their 2004 rock-opera American Idiot into a Broadway musical, the cartoonishly indestructible punk trio Green Day have over the last year made efforts to rediscover their roots by airing new material from their
forthcoming trilogy of albums - Uno! Dos! Tres! - in small-capacity American venues. New single Kill The DJ, originally released as an online teaser, bizarrely finds Billie Joe Armstrong and co shimmying towards the dance floor, with its 4/4 disco pulse and funkily slashed, Red Hot Chilli Peppers-replicating riffs.
Paloma Faith has forged relationships with two of pop's most revered innovators - Madonna and Bjork and in the process has been badged as being everything from kooky to a risk taker; on 30 Minute Love Affair, however, she's anything but. It's a wishy-washy Annie Lennox-alike synth ballad which sorely lacks the pizzazz she was
flagged up for upon releasing debut Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?
Of all the female singer song writers doing the rounds, Scottish (she refuses to relocate to London) Amy Macdonald is the most doggedly ordinary. But her predilection towards down-home unfussiness is clearly working in her favour - debut album and single This Is The Life has sold over 4 million copies across Europe and in some countries she is bigger than Florence and Jessie J. Pride is yet another positive, bright and breezy folk-pop number that seems primed for Radio 2 rotation.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers are continuing to release singles as if Red Hot Chilli Peppers tracks were desperately going out of fashion. Strange Man comes from one of nine seven-inches they have slated for release over the coming months and is funky as ever, but naggingly lightweight and devoid of their typically colossal hooks and frenetic bass chops.
One-time touring buddies of The Horrors, Toy, hirsute purveyors of the motorik groove, are on fine form on Dead & Gone (also released as a stand alone vinyl ahead of the band's upcoming debut album), which manages to collapse krautrock, psychadelia, shoe-gaze, pop, post-punk and post-rock into one superb seven-minute, sky-kissing package.
Chan Marshall's - aka Cat Power - new track Cherokee retains the
soulful ache that has drawn similarities to Marianne Faithful and Patti Smith but is given a modern chicness thanks to a propulsive hip-hop beat and broodingly ethereal production.
Sigh no more, Mumford & Sons have returned from their cave (boom and indeed boom), and they're sounding, well... just as they did back in 2009. I Will Wait is
a rousingly big-hearted, banjo tickling folk-rock stomp-a-long, expressly made for eyes to meet over festival campfires.
Tom Waits' new video for Hell Broke Luce, which features on
2011 album Bad As Me, is the brutally comic booty brought back from a soviet nightmare. It features gnarled images of Waits himself pulling a house through burning battlefields, as the track churns and bellows morbidly like a dictator venting spleen at his minions.
Neil Young adorers Band Of Horses release their next LP Mirage Rock on September 17, but have made public a live performance of Knock Knock,
a cool blast of driving-with-the-top down rock brilliance.
11:27 AM | 13/08/2012
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