NME’s Jo Fuertes-Knight reviews this week’s singles
Example – ‘Stay Awake’
This may be the exact track that’s rinsed so extensively that I’ll lose my nut after it has come on in Topshop one too many times. It’s not that it’s openly bad, but the underwhelming talk-sing-over-euphoric-dance-with-smatterings-of-dubstep blueprint feels like you’re being punched in the face with margarine. Shame, because opening a song with this line – “If we don’t kill ourselves/We’ll be the leaders of a messed up generation” – shouldn’t lead to bland gunge.
Katy B – ‘Witches Brew’
Katy B has bitch-slapped many of her male peers by showing them how to straddle both pop and the underground without being a T4 cringe-fest. And, with this infectious, gun-fingers-in-the-air offering, how elegant Miss B is at said straddling. With every clubby treat that comes off her stellar debut album, I want more than ever to have slumber parties with her where we make friendship bracelets and brush each other’s hair.
Walls – ‘Sunporch’
Shit the bed, what a discovery Walls have been for me. I listened to this first single from their second album ‘Coracle’ with fresh ears and can’t believe I hadn’t yet swooned over their layers of slow synth and rumbling bass. I’d love to be gently groped to this steady headrush of a track on a balmy Ibiza evening.
Comet Gain – ‘An Arcade From The Warm Rain That Falls’
This is exactly the kind of song to make me feel awkward in the company
of those meek, art student-type boys who combine low self-esteem with a Nazi-like taste in indie music. While the violin screech over the scrappy vocals is catchy, there’s nothing about it that requires you to sit on a towel. I will nod politely if it’s played at me, though.
Big Troubles – Sad Girls
This New Jersey quartet are masters of sleepy indie pop, and this fuzzy cocktail of drawling vocals and guitar riffs sticks to their tried and tested formula. I mean sleepy in the best way, sailing off into a dribbling nap after hours lying on the floor discussing how, like, totally big the universe is with that nice man you met with the Tupperware full of mystery cupcakes.
Theme Park – ‘A Mountain We Love’
I imagine the conception of this tune was much like ’80s classic Weird Science, except instead of creating the perfect balance of jugs and muff, they wanted the bastard child of Talking Heads and a Mega Drive. Excellent. The tumbling ride it takes you on is the musical version of a Panda Pops E numbers high, minus the crashing, vomit-laden comedown.
This article appears in the August 27th issue of NME