The Big Pink, Cloud Nothings, Feeder – This Week’s Singles Reviewed

NME’s Louis Pattison keeps us up-to-date with the latest single releases

The Big Pink – ‘Hit The Ground (Superman)’
In which Robbie and Milo pilfer the weirdest Number Two record ever – Laurie Anderson’s eight-minute ‘O Superman’ – and wind it into something warm and fuzzy about, like, friendship and dreaming and stuff. The Big Pink’s mission to turn Dalston cynicism into positivity is laudable, but… I dunno, who else hears a band so coldly ambitious they’d blend a bag of kittens if it added a bit of lift to the chorus?

Cloud Nothings – ‘Stay Useless’
No such ambition to be found here, unless we’re talking the kind fairly useless in day-to-day life, such as the ambition to assemble a box of really good 1980s punk rock seven-inches. But effort-free sounds like effortless on this Albini-recorded teen anthem, which takes one hook and works it so hard that after three listens it feels like you might never be able to dislodge it from your cerebral cortex.

Roll Deep – ‘Picture Perfect’
Once grand poobahs of badman grime, Roll Deep have switched the script since topping the charts with ‘Good Times’. This Example-like trance banger is about getting banjoed in a nightclub and messing with a camera, so by rights should feature a coda in which MCs Brazen and Scratchy awake, sigh, vomit, and detag themselves from a hundred Facebook photos.

Frankie Rose – ‘Know Me’
Willowy indie-pop from the former frontgirl for Frankie Rose And The Outs. Fans of Wild Nothing will find much to love in this concoction of dolorous vocals and Marr-like guitar flourish, and the result is so flawless in composure and so melancholy of heart that, were it not so beautiful to behold, one would certainly be slapping it round the chops and recommending it snap the hell out of it.

Feeder – ‘Borders’
I concede that in these testing times, bands need alternative revenue streams, but since Feeder sold ‘Buck Rogers’ to that advert it’s been hard to listen to them without seeing a idiotic flashmob rolling down a hill. Like all Feeder songs, ‘Borders’ goes ‘quiet bit’, ‘quieter bit’, ‘LOUD BIT!’ and there’s a story about a girl who runs away from home. Perhaps to join a flashmob.

Bonobo – ‘Kiara’
Downbeat electronica with graceful violin-y bits that has unexpectedly clocked up a more than a million views on YouTube, meaning it becomes a little harder to dismiss as brainslop for stoners (although such people do have a bit of time on their hands). NME deputy editor Mike Williams has invented the genre GDM – it stands for ‘Graphic Designer Music’ – and I’m thinking Bonobo might be one of its leading lights.

This article originally appeared in the January 28th issue of NME

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