Allison assesses the latest tracks….
The Pierces

Having seen their previous LP of 2011, ‘You & I’, crack the UK top five, Alabama psychedelic-folk-pop sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce will be hoping their next set as The Pierces, the forthcoming ‘Creation’, will follow a comparable commercial route – or even ascend higher.

‘Creation’ is released on September 1st, with two singles to date preceding its arrival – ‘Kings’ and ‘Believe In Me’. The sisters’ new single, ‘Creation’, will come out soon. Listen to it (and watch it) below, ahead of Allison’s take on this week’s new single releases.

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Basement Jaxx – ‘Never Say Never’

“I am not all that familiar with Basement Jaxx’s work so I’m not sure if this is a typical track for them – house music with heart kind of thing. It’s not generally my cup of tea, but I don’t hate it. If someone put it on at a party I would keep dancing, but would anxiously await the next song.”

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Lana Del Rey – ‘Ultraviolence’

“Like most of the rest of the world, I was very interested to see what Lana was going to do for her sophomore release. After the success of the first record, I would imagine that she found herself in a rather challenging position as far as which direction to take; creating something new while still maintaining a clear sense of the ground she had already laid.

“She could have very easily done pretty much exactly what she had done with the first record and no-one would have been terribly upset about it, but I think what she did do was a wonderful departure. It’s got the usual sex and drama, but there is something more mature and womanly about it. Lyrically, it’s a bit less desperate – though only a bit – and musically it is a bit more natural and earthy.

“The video is simple yet captivating; up to her old tricks of using archetypes to play on our very deepest emotions, in this case, the bride in white lace. I’m not quite sure how she does it, but there is little doubt in my mind that she does.”

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Lizzo – ‘Bus Passes & Happy Meals’

“Sometimes it absolutely amazes me how many people there are trying to ‘make it’ in the music business. It can be a bit overwhelming. And the percentage that will have success, or that you will even hear of at all, is relatively very small. I say this now because as I watch Lizzo do her thing – even though I think that she is adorable, appears to have talent and has made a really decent video – I wonder if I will ever hear of her again.

“A lot of the elements are there, but I’m not sure if all the dots are quite connected. She may get lost in the world of cute girls with talent that are reaching for the stars, but if she is successful I do not think that it would be undeserved.”

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Years & Years – ‘Take Shelter’

“Upon first glance/listen my immediate reaction was ‘boy band’, but it takes a mere 20 seconds to realise that this is, in fact, real music. The kind of music you would want to move to or possibly make out to. Hypnotic, catchy and beautiful. I have a feeling I will have this in my head all day, and won’t be at all upset about it.”

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George The Poet x Bodhi – ‘My City’

“It’s sad and frustrating that there still needs to be songs written to try and convince people of the equality of mankind, but thankfully there are lovely people like George doing it in such a beautiful and compelling way.”

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Words: Allison Pierce

‘Creation’, the album, is released on September 1st. The Pierces are online here and tour as follows:

16th – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
17th – The Sage, Gateshead
19th – Trinity Centre, Bristol
20th – Leadmill, Sheffield
21st – Academy 2, Manchester
23rd – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
24th – Glee Club, Birmingham
25th – Junction, Cambridge
27th – Academy 2, Liverpool
28th – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

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