Singles column 19 November 2012 - Vaccines, Bjork, Johnny Marr, Rihanna, Beach House & 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...
Having played their biggest gig yet at the weekend (London's Alexandra Palace, though an even bigger capital date at the O2 Arena awaits next May), The Vaccines take a stab at jangly 60s pop on I Always Knew... and it works well in their favour. Rolling drums and surfy guitars underpin this dark and almost psychedelic diversion from the Strokesian fuzz they're better known for.
Listening to Girl on Fire, you can hear immediately where Emeli Sande and Adele both get their stately, gospel manner from. Though not as kinky as Rhianna or as bombastic as Beyonce, Alica Keys, who's sold over 30 million albums, has sass and a killer voice amd sees her consistently cut great records.
The second single taken from Beacon, Sun, brings levity, cheer and euphoria to Two Door Cinema Club's palette. It's a bit of a de-tour from the taut, disco-y indie sounds of Tourist History which placed them in the same territory as the likes of Friendly Fires or Foals, but it's a welcome diversion that suggest growing capabilities within the Bangor band.
Rhianna is currently touring the globe by plane - the ultimate R&B mile high club, no doubt- with the world's media in toe playing seven concerts in seven cities to plug her latest album Unapologetic. So how Nobody's Business, her Michael Jackson-sounding duet with shamed ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, has 'leaked' online is anyone's guess...
Beach House continue their rehabilitation of Britain shoegaze with Wild. The accompanying video is an intense and seedy mix of broken relationships, sex and violence, perhaps if Ride had tried this in the 90s the scene wouldn't need reviving now.
In the wake of the release of her Bastards remix album, Bjork has released a mind bogglingly beautiful video for Mutual Core, which perfectly complements the unforgettably erupting dub of the track.
The winner of this year's Q Hero Award, Johnny Marr has released a video to The Messenger, the title track of his forthcoming solo album out next February. If the track - with its sharp, textured guitars, ghostly vocals and New Order-esque pulse - is anything to go by, the album is set to be a cracker.
11:19 AM | 19/11/2012
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