This Week's Singles Reviewed (8/10/11)
DZ Deathrays, Lana Del Rey, Cerebral Ballzy
DZ Deathrays- Gebbie Street
Everyone loves a little DFA 1979, so we can assume that after a few too many pals compared these guys to the aforementioned, drummer Simon started calling guitarist Shane ‘Sebastian’. And that’s OK. While DZ Deathrays will never not make party music, ‘Gebbie Street’ can be neatly summed up in the following phrase: “WOAAAAAAAAAAAH!”
Lana Del Rey - Video Games
Sometimes people are better than us. And while I don’t want to make any assumptions about a woman who managed to make art out of old movies and footage of a stumbling Paz De La Huerta, I will say that there’s a reason that ‘Video Games’ is the 2011 equivalent of the original OC soundtrack, and that somewhere, Adele is trying her goshdarn hardest
to get sad again so she can reclaim her throne.
Cerebral Ballzy - On The Run
Let’s ignore the fact that the spoken intro is only a step above Backstreet Boys’ ‘I’ll Never Break Your Heart’ and focus on the fact that this is a band that re-invigorates the sense of urgency privy only to those coming of age. Unfortunately, youth is fleeting, so here’s hoping the Ballzy figure out how to renew this typical “damn the man!” point of view, otherwise we’re all going to feel like total asses for rushing out and buying skateboards too hastily.
Herman Dune - Be A Doll And Take My Heart
All of us need to hear another cute song about love and beards and owning a tambourine. There are just not enough of these types of songs. In fact, there are so few of these types of songs that I don’t even really remember the song I’m supposed to be talking about anymore because I was lying and there are about sixteen million of these songs released every day and THEY JUST KEEP COMING MAKE THEM STOP.
Anika - No-one's There
So maybe last year when Anika’s debut album came out on Invada and everyone realised how badass she is, you weren’t paying attention, and that’s fine – we all make mistakes. But in case you still need convincing, the way her cool-ass monotone voice draws attention to her politically fuelled lyricism works to remind all of us that while we may be praising her aesthetic, she’s got bigger stuff on her mind.
Girls - Honey Bunny
Thank the higher powers this isn’t a song by She & Him because IMAGINE: boy loves girl, girl loves boy, lyric, lyric, Zooey Deschanel. Thankfully, Christopher Owens is not New Girl and can sing, play and swoon no wrong.
This article appears in the October 8th issue of NME
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