Featuring Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Cults, Miles Kane, Jamie Woon & More

To paraphrase perpetual angel pesterer William Blake's ode to Spring, how Clash long for the season of rebirth to “scatter thy pearls, upon our love-sick land”. Because frankly, we've had enough of winters cruel and unusual punishments; damp feet, frizzy hair and calorific lunches are so 2010.

However, there's nothing like a fresh batch of Singles to inject a little light into proceedings. Here are some of this weeks releases...

Single Of The Week

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang

'New Wonder'

Single of the week by merit of a) being a Will Oldham vehicle, b) that the proceeds are for EDGE Outreach, a charity set up to aid those affected by the Haitian crisis. This eloquent, if almost lethargic ballad features the whisper of barely brushed drums and gorgeous dreamy harmonies from our favourite bearded troubador and co. A simple video features the tear inducing funeral of a small girl shot on grainy 16mm film, resulting in a sad yet sublime marriage of image, song and a meditation on the fragility of life. Perfectly poignant.


'Go Outside'

An enigmatic film making couple from San Diego (by all accounts) Cults appear to be following the recent resurgence in twee sixties influenced girly voiced pop. It may be a soupçon sweet for my palate but nevertheless it has some great glockenspiel action going on. (I can't say this emphatically enough, glockenspiels are criminally underused in modern popular music). So that's a big brownie point as far as I'm concerned. Akin to a melodic, ethereally distant track from a long lost C68 that's been hiding in your cupboard.

CocknBull Kid
'Hold On To Your Misery'

An admirable sentiment is contained within this little bag of Rainbow Drops, in that we need our insecurities and sadness in order to ground us whilst simultaneously propelling us forward (phew). That said, despite the Spector-lite chorus and the always lovely Miss Cocknbull herself, it's a tad weak voiced and throwaway; we've witnessed this lady in acoustic session and believe us, she's got chops. Still, it's bound to win her some new fans despite a pretty ropey video.

Jamie Woon

'Lady Luck'

The pop-step balladeer follows up the Burial produced 'Night Air' with another slice of loveliness. His voice may be undeniably commercial, but I'd still rather be listening to this than a whole host of other chart friendly pish. Plus, we get to throw in a muso factoid here; Woon is son of Scottish folk singer Mae McKenna & nephew of SAHB's Ted McKenna. Ignore the bells and whistles version and take a look at this acapella peach of a reworking, recorded on a recent Cambodian boat trip.

Miles Kane

'Come Closer'

Despite being bolstered by a Gene Genie-ish back beat, this feels more than a little disappointing after the scuzzy rock n roll of previous single 'Inhaler'. It's a bit of a shame, we had higher hopes of Mister Kane. There's just too many prolonged notes, too many 'woah, woah's'. It's basically chelsea booted pub rock (and we don't mean in an acceptable Dr Feelgood way) with a Guy Ritchie promo for a video.

Jim Kroft

'Memoirs From The Afterlife'

This Scot relocated to Berlin to become an 'artist' and in the process produced a well received début album. This single (produced by Laura Marling's drummer Matt Ingram) doesn't deviate from the psychedelic Ray Davies infused whimsy we were expecting but appears to be trying just that bit too hard to be eccentric. Think New Romanticism mixed with louche Cabaret and a big dollop of The Divine Comedy. Actually, that makes it sound better than it actually is. Passable.


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