Singles for the week starting 21 May!
Dan Le Sac, Breton, Turnpike Glow and more jump in the sack (or should we say Le Sac?) together for this week's singles roundup
Dan Le Sac
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In which the minxy voice of Sarah Williams White gets digitally stretched into pleasingly warped shapes over some early '80s neon beats. Le Sac has provided a nicely aired electro-environment here, which I'd feel perfectly happy toning my thighs to in a GMTV workout-meets-TRON sort of way. The music doesn't express anything particularly committal one way or the other, but there you go - it 'aint supposed to be the goddamn opera is it?
Jostle / Foam
(Fat Cat Records)
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New art popsters on the block Breton use an addictive tribal groove as the floor on which they build their Fiction-esque pop escapades on 'Jostle', which is a hookless but instantaneously enjoyable ride as it builds to a crunchy, valve-blowing climax.
Over on second A side, 'Foam' is a slightly more 8-bit and luminous affair, kicking to a New Order, 'Blue Monday' style drum machine and a meditative blanket of guitars and beeps. It's a decent, get up and go tune, though neither A-side quite shoots the dart of true love into your breastplates.
Addicted To Progress
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Nicely encapsulating that chased, night time drive feeling within an indie-rock disco tune, The Coronas are making promising waves with 'Addicted To Progress'. This is largely thanks to an imaginative interplay between siren guitars and relentless drums, a mellowly pleasing turn on the vox - and some rather tasty, Massive Attack-echoing piano parts too.
Band In The Modern World EP
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Pleasingly gruff-voiced shoegaze punk rock here, in a not entirely dissimilar vain to Crocodiles. That said, Tel Aviv's TV Buddhas do have more of an urgent spring in their step: the title track here sounds like The Stooges kick boxing their way out of an intergalactic worm hole, while 'Phantom Depression' has the adrenalin and revolution-hungry spirit of The MC5. Excellent stuff!
Inflatable Optimism EP
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There's a nicely fuzzy weirdness to this EP that suggest that Rome's Turnpike Glow have been accidentally hoovered up and coughed out again. Eccentricity is certainly their calling card: '1986' accents each shouty chorus with a twisted and grinning falsetto, while the more accessible 'No More Dancing' could almost be The B-52s on an '80s NME covermount casette.
Meanwhile, the hyperdelic attitude of '90s Beck is recalled by 'The Turn, The Pike And The Glow', a wild and untidy scramble for optimism that surfs its indie-pop clutter to deliver something ultimately entertaining.
Daniel T Jones
Hooray For Earth
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Just in time for sun to rear its crafty head over the UK, here's a perfectly likeable burst of Big Pinkish slow-motion indie ecstasy. It won't invade your brain with catchiness, but there's still a nice balance between earthy naturalism and electro euphoria being achieved here.