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...
The first single to be taken from Biffy Clyro's latest double album Opposites, Black Chandelier is yet more enormodome-gazing pomp rock grounded on planet pop, ripe with the potential to be 'borrowed' by another X-Factor hopeful. Fortunately the once volatile art rockers have included a trash-and-grind breakdown suggesting they haven't completely forsaken their cerebral, alternative-rock roots.
If there's one man that has embodied his own philosophy to the letter - in this case, "Get Rich Or Die Tryin" - it is 50 Cent. Shot three times at point-blank range in 2000, Fiddy, on My Life, now holds up his hands, admitting to the foolishness of his money-hungry shortcomings, all in his trademark mumbled drawl: "I'm far from
perfect/ there's many lessons I done learned/ If money is evil look at all the evil I done earned". However over a brooding beat, Eminem ends up stealing Fiddy's confessional thunder with typical tongue-twisting viciousness.
Holed up for two years secretly brewing his new record, chameleon-like rock legend David Bowie, to the utter delight and astonishment of even those closest to him, has returned last week with one of the most stunning comebacks for years. Where Are We Now? floats on a cloud of existential gloom, all glowering bass, starry
guitars and Bowie's elegiac vocals. It's a gorgeously deathly waltz that glides towards an optimistic end, conjuring the melancholic, futuristic ambience of his much-lauded Berlin period.
Minnesota slowcore trio Low have unleashed Just Make It Stop, the
first song from their forthcoming Sub Pop album, their ninth, The Invisible Way. While the trio continue to make the best use of natural room sounds, they sound surprisingly buoyant in comparison to some of their previously haunting, icy releases.
Ex-Arab Strap versifier Aidan Moffat has returned with his fourth release as L. Pierre, which can now be streamed online. The album is replete with the unsettling sound of sleepless nights, conjured with a bouquet of scratchy field recordings and worn-out sounding strings, as per Doctor Alucard, whose tonal mysteries have one longing for more.
On Electric, Brooklyn dirge crew The Men, whose 2011 album Leave Home
shoved a rocket up rock and roll's arse with its ear-bleeding mixture of psychedelia, sludge and shoe-gaze, have brightened up their sound with what the band have called "ecstatic abandon". Still raw and riotous, the four piece have, as evidenced on Electric, smeared a little more melody into their racket.
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