Fiji : Cattlecount

It's the best way to spend three-and-a-half minutes that we can think of right now

Very nearly what might have been the first SOTW, ever, to feature a kazoo. For whereas most records in this week’s trough merely lie about looking expectantly amiable, this delightful little fellow does handstands, blows raspberries and sings ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah!’ at the top of its sweet little lungs. ‘Cattlecount’ is a sort of one-man-band type number, with an ambidextrous chap named Jamie Hince covering vocals, guitars (acoustic, electric and slide), piano, organ, drum machine, bass, analogue keyboards, sampler and yes D (deep breath) D kazoo. Now, Jamie, we hear tell, used to be in bum-luck-struck indie

band
Scarfo, which matters not at all, really, as this single bears absolutely no resemblance to the work of said group. ‘Cattlecount’ is a delirious pop whirligig, both euphoric

and

unspeakably sad. It’s the best way to spend three-and-a-half

minutes

that we can think of right now, and it has a B-side, called ‘One Ton Blue’, that sounds like Low. Proof positive, surely, of a man whose time has come.

[I]”If you don’t want me no-one will”[/I], he sings, dolorously.

Not

true, Jamie, not true at all.

April Long