Single Review – Franz Ferdinand – Feel The Love Go

Prior to the release of Always Ascending, Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand dropped Feel the Love Go; a song founded in a squelchy synth bassline and the quickening *tss* *tss* of hissing cymbals. With lyrics seemingly written by just throwing together a bunch of repeated words – though undeniably pretty catchy – the band, including new members Dino Bardot and Julian Corrie, have put forward nothing hugely ground-breaking, but something a no-nonsense robotic rock record, perked up with some sax towards the end to round off the track in a more promising way than it starts. The instrumentals are definitely the best quality of the song, merging sizzling electronics with back-to-basics indie. The band’s fifth studio album is set for release on February 9th.

Eleanor Chivers

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Single Review – First Aid Kit – Ruins

The title track of their album to be released on Friday (the 19th January), Ruins, drops as the soothing final hint at First Aid Kit’s fourth LP. Glimmering with guitar and soaring with simply gorgeous harmonies, the country-esque ballad deviates somewhat from the more upbeat It’s a Shame, but not too far, pretty much guaranteeing that the track list will flow beautifully. Ruins puts Klara and Johanna’s lush, folky vocals at centre stage, floating laxly on top of the soft and simplistic instrumentalism. Both almost haunting, but also strong and grounded, Ruins is a wonderful track.

Eleanor Chivers

Single Review – Gaz Coombes – Deep Pockets

Three years on from releasing the critically acclaimed Matador; Gaz Coombes is to release his ‘Frank Ocean inspired’ third album The Worlds Strongest Man on May 4th. Once he added hints of experimentation to his ever maturing songwriting in 2015 he was in a new submersible phase. This earned himself a Mercury prize nomination amongst other accolades. His recent comments about his third solo effort only suggest more exploration for the quietly confident singer-songwriter. ‘Deep Pockets’ immediately smacks with a buzzing energy and throbbing beat. Gaz’s echoed and wiry vocals skate atop the accelerating feel of the track as it drives towards the chorus to be met with a more rooted, lower vocal to meet the expansive and growing sounds around him. His eccentric melodies and introverted lyrics deliver messages of unchecked masculinity. Supergrass are but a distant memory and it’s likely it grow ever more distant by May 4th.

Owen Riddle

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Single Review – Rae Morris – Push Me To My Limit

Following the punchy mechanics of Reborn and Atletico¸ and the pop-y energy Do It, we explore another avenue in the repertoire of Rae Morris. Push Me To My Limit takes us back to the ghostly ambience of select tracks on 2017’s Unguarded, but on an extreme level. The gorgeous, feathery tones of Morris’ vocal floats over calm waves of synth to form a simplistic but magical gem I worry will get lost amongst the louder pop ventures that make up the track list of the soon-to-be-released Someone Out There. It builds slowly but surely towards the end, with a quick bass synth line to softly erupt at the conclusion. It’s bare and vulnerable and an accolade to the sheer talent of an artist who should’ve got way more recognition when her debut was released.

Eleanor Chivers

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