28 Jan 2015

JANUARY : A Month In Singles

Pete Doherty / Flags Of The Old Regime
A truly breathtaking tribute to Amy Winehouse, Doherty wrote this song to raise funds for Winehouse's charity and it contains pretty much everything you want a ballad to sound like. His lyrics are stunning as always and layered over a gentle beat and simplistic guitar tune, it makes for one of the most gorgeous and heart-wrenching songs released in a while. 
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSo6mE3WDjs

The Cribs / An Ivory Hand
Long gone are the days of The Cribs' 2004 debut album. This band have grown and grown and grown and finally returned with the announcement of their next album For All My Sisters. This song hears the band reviving true guitar music but collided with an old school synth pad to create the next chapter in The Cribs' diverse sound. Their new album is one I look forward to with great anticipation, and I cannot wait until it's release.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcgY2c2hdh4

The Vaccines / Handsome
Another band who are back with a brand new single, a tour and eventually an album (we hope.) This song is full of upbeat, oh-so-happy vibes and a sound which makes you desire summer. With a wacky video with a kung-fu theme, this song as a package is fantastic, The Vaccines have always produced catchy and exciting songs, and Handsome is no exception. Easily on course to be a sound of the summer and another album I know will be up there with the best of 2015.  
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV6eODKYHXI

Circa Waves / Be My Baby
A brilliant cover of a classic song by The Ronnettes, Circa Waves' b-side to their new single Fossils revives this vintage track and turns it into the epitome of indie pop music. It's fun, fresh and represents everything Circa Waves do. They're only a young band and you can tell by the way they play and the sound they have and this b-side breaks no rules. It's clean cut, sharp and simply great. 
Listen here: http://www.hungertv.com/feature/premiere-circa-waves-baby/

Charli XCX / Doing It
This song is, in short, a cheesy as hell pop track. It happens to be by one of my favourite commercial artists around today, who is definitely making the charts a better place. Charli XCX collaberates with Rita Ora on this track which is full of girl power, flirty fun and catchy electro-pop rhythms. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but the pop market will certainly benefit from having a fresh faced innovative artist around. Plus the video is bizarre and hilarious all at once.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km3agvlyRmM

The Wombats / Greek Tragedy
"She hits like ecstasy/Comes up and bangs the sense out of me" is sung over a more pop than indie melody, accompanying a pretty messed up video. The first single released from The Wombats' newly announced next album Glitterbug, is however, everything you'd expect from The Wombats. Packed full of catchy rhythms, lust filled lyrics and nostalgia, this song is a promising reminder that this band will not just be remembered for that one flawless album.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MHmx9nvHqU 

Peace / I'm A  Girl
The newest single released from Peace's second LP, Happy People, and namely the song which has restored a lot of people's faith back in the band. It's full of indie attitude, it's dance-y and I just know it's going to sound incredible live. You can hear the hip-hop influences, as Harry K raps his way through verses summing up how he feels about gender and gender roles, but all encased in a couple of intense guitar riffs, a killer solo in the middle, a hip-hop rhythm and an assertive bass riff from Sam K to tie it all together. The interactive lyric video only makes it even better. 

Gengahr / She's A Witch
Calming, harmonic and whimsical, Gengahr's newest track shows off just how far they've come. This is a perfect dream-pop song which paves the way for them to breakthrough. After their recent shows with Alt-J at the O2, they are working their way up through the legions of mediocre indie bands to slowly but surely come out on top. She's A Witch is a vibe filled guitar fest and I can't wait to see where Gengahr go next. 
Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/gengahr/shes-a-witch

Drenge / We Can Do What We Want
Despite sounding slightly less gritty and slightly more commerical, Drenge have released a phenomenal first single to come out of their second LP, Undertow. With the addition of their new bassist, their sound has gained so much depth and it gives Eoin the freedom to experiment with more melodic riffs, giving them a newly diverse sound and already putting them leagues above some of their old stuff. Yet another incredible album that 2015 promises.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7UVYakWP38

Milk Teeth / Melon Blade
Rowdy four piece Milk Teeth have done it again. Their latest single Melon Blade is chaotic, messy, yet you can still sing-a-long and dance to it. I'm a huge fan of female singers and with Becky leading on this song, it gains a whole other dimension and is simply brilliant. This band have so much potential to be absolutely massive and with the release of their Sad Sack EP, success is just around the corner. 
Listen here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=717232918391161&set=vb.269488776498913&type=3&theater