Single Review – Phoenix – Ti Amo

Phoenix take a universal approach to their latest and vivacious single Ti Amo, which confesses Thomas Mars’ love in a multitude of languages. Accompanied by bubbly beat, heavily reliant on a thumping bass that recalls an amplified version of If I ever feel better, the summer-y sounding track has strong roots in a funky ambience that strays from the heavier synth-rock journeyings of 2014’s Bankrupt. An infectious chorus paired with a chilled computerised beat makes for a staple holiday playlist addition, and confirms that Phoenix can master electro-pop from all angles. The new album – also called Ti Amo – promises a similar sunny effervescence, and drops in June.

Ellie Chivers

Sunday Suggestion – La Femme – Sur La Planche

French Psyche- Punk group, La Femme from Biarritz are quite simply an excellent, dynamic group who try their hands at Surf Rock, Ye Ye, Coldwave as well as elements from other areas. They deliver their music with typical smooth, melodic rapidity and urgency and performing in French only adds to these qualities for them. Their most successful single ‘Sur La Plance’ features most of these varying elements to their music. From their 2013 debut album Psycho Tropical Berlin, it’s a track with a quick electronic beat and airy, rotating rhythm guitars and the soft, yet confident vocals. These add that piece of familiarity of French Rock songs, but exudes so much more and wraps this around an undeniably catchy rhythm and hook. It’ll be difficult to get bored of this track.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995