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singles/eps - june 2013


 

Colour of Bone – Low Mode

Brilliant stuff here for a debut single from Colour of Bone. With a sound straddling the likes of Muse and Placebo their electro/live hybrid properly fizzles away during this 4 and half minutes of wrought riffage. Great artwork too. 8/10
www.colourofbone.com

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Sixtyfours – All on You

Sixtyfours return with this double A-side and again, do not disappoint. Being a contrary bugger (and forgetting I had shuffle play engaged) we kick off with the ripping ‘My Sound’ – pacey, hard edged rock hip hop. Good stuff. ‘All on You’ by comparison sounds a bit more rushed and frenetic. There are some clever slowly building tones which lurk beneath the main loops, guitars and vocals but there’s a hell of a lot going on here – not as instantly gratifying as ‘My Sound’ by probably a longer term listen. 7/10
www.youtube.com/sixtyfoursTV

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Princess Chelsea – We’re So Lost (Lil’ Chief Records)

Hailing from the land of the white feather, Princess Chelsea nee Chelsea Nikkel manages to combine all the best bits of Bjork (the weirdness) with the best bits of Goldfrapp (the ear for a good tune) to create a perfectly mesmerising dreamy middleground of whispish pop. 8/10
www.lilchiefrecords.com

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We Are Temporary – Satellites (Stars and Letters)

When you get to listen as much new music as we do here and then have to review it, it’s unfortunately easy to drawn into making a snap judgement, especially when it comes to singles. Sometimes though, that snap judgement proves to be perfectly correct and so it is with ‘Satellites’ which we were drawn to instantly by its apparent lack of immediacy and the broody overtones. Reminds us most of Xiu Xiu but with its own distinct layering. Free download link below. 8/10
http://starsandletters.bandcamp.com/album/satellites

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Great Mountain Fire – Crooked Head

MY god – this lot must have tough fingers as the entire duration of this track is spent running them up and down the full length of their fret boards (that’s not a euphemism by the way). It’s mockingly simple and folkily endearing. Here come the Belgians! (Poor taste?) 7/10
www.greatmountainfire.com

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Bronco Bullfrog– Clarifoil/Never Been to California

The glorious Sunshine pop-drenched sound of that decade is swarming all over the return of Bronco Bullfrog. Clarifoil’s power-pop chords recall Big Star, and its sweeping chorus is steeped in psychedelic harmonies innocently borrowed from West Coast heroes. Simultaneously, b-side Never Been to California veers more towards mod-revivalism. The recycled twang is nothing original after the comings and goings of Britpop, but these guys are so unabashed it’s hard to hate on them when some of their contemporaries take themselves so seriously. For all their efforts, this is wonderfully unpretentious, jangly stuff: the kind that would put Anton Newcombe to shame and a smile on your face when you hear it over that mock-transistor radio.

Ash Babb

 

Life Coach - Fireball

Phil Manley of Trans Am & The Fucking Champs announces his second solo offering as Life Coach. Having roped in sticksman Jon Theodore - previously of The Mars Volta; currently of Queens of the Stone Age – Manley’s kraut-leanings are matched evenly here. Theodore’s rigid Bonham-esque backbeat adds scope to this sprawling slice of psych, which reaches its peak with some guitar wizardry from Manley, then fades out in a shimmering trail. Ace.

Ash Babb

 

Tripwires - Shimmer

Tripwire’s appropriately-titled Shimmer – which, presciently provides all you need to know before you’ve heard a single note – sounds very reminiscent of a lot of what’s going around at the moment. Luckily however, whilst we’re swamped by distilled rehashes of past glories, there are no feeble attempts at belying the lacklustre with fashion sense as an aid here. It does what it says on the tin, so to speak, and I’d be lying if I said the chorus isn’t catchy. Tripwires’ sound harks back to Creation-era Swervedriver, and there’s even a distinct portion of the bridge which audaciously recalls Smells like Teen Spirit. If this is just another step in the long, NME-fuelled line of ‘nu-gaze’, I wouldn’t be too displeased while I have to suffer the onslaught.

Ash Babb