Singles column 27 Aug 2012 - Alanis Morissette, Alex Clare, Grimes, Dinosaur Jr & 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, 27 August 2012
Seventeen years ago, Alanis Morissette shot to stardom with 33 million-selling album Jagged Little Pill, which was packed back-to-back with poppy yet anguished anthems including Ironic, You Oughta Know and One Hand In My Pocket. Now, the Canadian wailer is a 38 year-old mother coming to terms with maturity and family life yet,
as evidenced on Guardian, her gift for banging out indelible hooks hasn't diminished.
He looks like he could herd cattle, but Alex Clare certainly knows how to get the dance floor moving, as on Treading Water, an emotive slice of drum'n'bass sang-froid for sensitive souls.
Having made it to their 21st birthday, Feeder persist in peddling stadium-sized anthems that speak directly to squeaky clean moshers of a similar age. Idaho is yet more straight-laced melodic rock with a fancy for prime-time radio.
Subtlety isn't something Harrow piano-pop trio Scouting For Girls are entirely known for - their 2010 album Everybody Wants To Be On TV featured the puerile Posh Girls, with its cringe-worthy lad-mag patter: "Posh girls have good manners, but they go like the clappers 'cos they never got to hang around with boys at school." On Summertime In The City they've dialled down the seaside postcard humour, but only just - "It's summertime in the city, girls dress hot, boys go silly". The music remains as compressed and sickeningly upbeat as ever, with even boasting a half-rapped verse and Calvin-Harris-esque synths.
Smoke & Jackal is the side-project of Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill and Mona frontman Nick Brown. They release their first EP on 15 November which features lump-in-throat ballad No Tell, though it doesn't sound too a million miles away from Followill's brethren at their most soppy.
Wildly individualistic Grimes - aka Claire Boucher - who sounds like Cocteau Twins siphoned throughthe crackly, subterranean dub of Burial, has released a video to Genesis, a spooky, desert-set vision spirited away from the mind of surrealist painter Hieronymus Bosch.
Grandaddies of fuzz rock Dinosaur Jr have released a video to Watch The Corners taken from forthcoming album I Bet On Sky, which catalogues the heartache of a burgeoning slacker romance gone wrong.
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10:03 AM | 27/08/2012
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