Miles Kane, Birdy, Yacht
NME’s Alex Denney delivers his verdict on this week’s releases, featuring Miles Kane, Birdy, and Yacht
I Like Trains – ‘Sirens’
Picking through the New Yorkshire ruins like hollow-eyed madmen, these Leeds anoraks continue to find beauty among the rubble. Happily, British Sea Power’s grumpy younger brothers have found time to format their fuck-awful name properly in the process. ‘Sirens’ is grimly hypnotic, like the wind whistling through viaduct arches, or Lord Alan Sugar’s face.
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi ft Norah Jones – ‘Season’s Trees’
Famously the ‘Rome’ album was five years in the making, but one listen to the lush strings and suave-as-all-hell basslines of ‘Season’s Trees’ will tell you it’s been worth every last nanosecond (you can make your own ‘wasn’t built in a day’ joke, thanks). Makes God’s seven-day construction of all heaven and earth look frankly piss-poor. And He had a rest on Sunday.
Miles Kane – ‘Inhaler’
With his three-piece suits and his Macca looks, Miles Kane might not be the most forward-thinking indie clothes horse on the block, but there’s no denying his rock instincts are sound. The rapier-sharp riffing here is pure early Arctics, but the electric whammies and lusty, cage-rattling vocal are all model’s own. Dust this boy down with a lint roller; Miles is back in his pinstripes and looking buff as ever. Whitwhoo!
Birdy – ‘Shelter’
T4’s Steve Jones once sang Fearne Cotton ‘Happy Birthday’. She dubbed it single of the week. It’s an honour Fearne also saw fit to bestow on Birdy’s cover of ‘Skinny Love’, a Top 20 hit earlier this year. But we mustn’t blame Birdy for this xx-covering follow-up, though, the equivalent of Sneezing YouTube Panda duetting with Ellie Goulding. That would be like kicking newborn puppies. BLAME COTTON.
The Joy Formidable – ‘A Heavy Abacus’
You know that bit at the student disco when you’ve danced to MIA and Pixies and a track comes on that’s OK, but so unimaginatively indie of stripe that your arms lose momentum and you mill about a bit, looking over at your dance partner to see if they fancy nipping to the bar for another quadruple whisky and coke? This sounds a bit like that.
Yacht – ‘Utopia’
YACHT are a band capable of doing perfectly good things, but unfortunately this isn’t one of them. In fact, with its rictus-grin bassline and prattling hi-hats ‘Utopia’ is one of the worst things off their new album ‘Shangri-La’, so lord knows what it’s doing representing the record in public. It’s like sending Barry Chuckle out as our earthly ambassador when the aliens arrive.