Singles Round Up - 26th April

With Biffy Clyro, The Travelling Band, Fyfe Dangerfield
The Travelling Band
As we all recover from yesterday's 26 mile slog (yeah right!), put those feet up and have a listen to this week's singles releases.

There's a couple of second and third singles taken from albums (Biffy Clyro, Marina and the Diamonds) but also some lovely new stuff including Frankie & the Heartstrings and the excellent Travelling Band.

The Travelling Band ‘Sundial’



This first taste from the Manc band's second long player sees a Noah and the Whale style leap forward as swooping strings bolster the outfit's folksy roots and display a very welcome new found confidence. Very much looking forward to that new album.

Frankie & The Heartstrings 'Tender/Want You Back'



The barber shop revival starts here! But only for a scant few minutes before Frankie and co. power up their gear and unearth a guitar propelled pop gem. Bonus points for the "Woo / Yip Yip" chant and 50s style guitar moves in the middle eight. They even manage to squeeze in a xlyphone on the outro.

Marina And The Diamonds 'I Am Not A Robot'



Thankfully toning down the delivery heard on previous single 'Hollywood', 'I Am Not A Robot' favours a more naturalistic phrasing... thank christ. Still, doesn't top the Lithuanian techno track I was once subjected to during a rather long car journey. The chrous was a high pitched rendition of someone yelling 'Robot Robot Robot Robot' over and over.

Biffy Clyro 'Bubbles'



Everyone's favourite Jock-rockers Biffy Clyro drop another release from their 'Only Revolutions' album ahead of their upcoming UK tour. Featuring their new best mate in rock Josh Homme on additional guitar, 'Bubbles' isn't a damning indictment of the newly banned drug of the gurning classes but another nugget of melodic rock as only the Biffy can deliver.

Fyfe Dangerfield 'Faster Than The Setting Sun'



Dramatic stuff from the sometime Guillemots frontman as storm clouds gather and angels defeat themselves. Not sure what it all means but it sounds great, Fyfe providing a suitable follow up to 'She Needs Me' albeit in a rather darker vein that kicks off not unlike the Manic's 'Everything Must Go'. Be sure to pick up his 'Fly Yellow Moon' solo album for further delights.

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