Singles! Gotta love 'em. Or at least, we do.
For while some publications might use physical promos as coasters the Clash team like to give them at least one spin before balancing our latest cup of java on top. This week, we round up the latest releases from Bat For Lashes, A Place To Bury Strangers, Ethan Johns, Post War Years, The Twang and more. Who comes out on top?
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Single Of The Week
Bat For Lashes - All Your Gold
Don’t let this pass you by. Natasha Khan’s latest offering under the Bat For Lashes moniker might well be her best, with ‘The Haunted Man’ displaying some utterly beautiful moments. ‘All Your Gold’ is one of them – musically, it finds Khan in one of her more upbeat moments, with a distinctly sultry sashay through its four minutes. Lyrically, though, it cuts deep with the songwriter laying bare her attitudes towards a failed relationship and the impact it has had upon her life, her confidence and her self-image. A mini-epic, born from an album packed to the brim with mini-epics.
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...and the rest
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Jeremy
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have always worn their influences on their sleeve. So when news broke that the band were covering The Magnetic Fields, you could forgive me for getting a little excited. The results are predictably excellent: sure, it’s loyal to the source material but that was always going to be a given. Kyp Malone & Co. add their own unmistakable sound, although remains strictly in the realm of Fans Only.
Ethan Johns – Whip Poor Will
Best known as a producer, Ethan Johns decision to step out under his own right could be viewed with suspicion. After all, this is someone who’s regarded via association, not through his own songwriting ability. Those fears can be put to rest with ‘Whip Poor Will’ - seductive Americana, it’s easy on the ears yet leaves a lasting impression. Worth seeking out.
Post War Years – The Bell
FINALLY. After what seems like a lengthy gestation, Post War Years deliver their debut EP. Following on from those fevered early shows, the London group ease into life as a studio outfit with an assured blast of electronic infused songwriting. Eccentric, Post War Years seem to owe as much to Prince as they do to more standard reference points (step forward New Order, say hello DFA). A little bit weird, a little bit odd and thoroughly charming.
The Twang – Mainline
A Place To Bury Strangers – And I’m Up
Coruscating, powerful, unrelenting. A Place To Bury Strangers, at this point, almost review themselves. The band have hit upon a certain sound (the more extreme moments in My Bloody Valentine coupled with a near Industrial sensibility) which they don’t seem keen to back away from. ‘And I’m Up’ could well be their calling card: all dark-as-night vocals and pin point drums, it’s as concise an introduction to A Place To Bury Strangers as you could wish for.