With the backdrop of a General Election, terrorist atrocities and covfefe, it is understandably difficult to keep up with new music. Enter Singles Club. An occasional series that sees a review of all the new tracks worth listening to. Starting with…
Liam Gallagher – Wall of Glass
No matter what you think of the younger Gallagher brother, the music world is undoubtedly a more boring place without him in it. There has been plenty of talk about his upcoming solo record, most of it centred around the hiring of co song writers and comparisons to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
‘Wall of Glass’ does a great job in capturing Liam’s trademark swagger, in a way that Beady Eye never really did, but more encouraging is that Liam’s voice sounds better than it has in years. From the thumping, harmonica led intro, to the gospel singers at the chorus, Gallagher clearly means business. This first single from upcoming album As You Were sees a more confident Liam Gallagher as confirmed by that most rarest of things these days, a decent music video.
‘Wall of Glass’ is about as good as a Liam Gallagher solo single could possibly be.
Reverend & the Makers – Too Tough to Die
For many people, Sheffield band Reverend & the Makers slipped from public view after the short lived success of their debut album The State of Things. This is a shame as their last album Mirrors was by far and away their best album yet and if upcoming single ‘Too Tough to Die’ is anything to go by the band look set to continue their hot streak.
Combining a monster riff that recalls QOTSA (no, really) with Jon McClure’s snarling vocals, ‘Too Tough to Die’ is another shot in the arm for a band determined to prove their doubters wrong and continue their upward trajectory without the help of mainstream radio or a major record label.
The song is so new that it hasn’t been officially released yet hence the middling quality of the above video. You can listen to an excerpt of the studio version on the BBC 6 Music site here.
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
I’m worried about Arcade Fire. Their last album Reflektor was a massive disappointment albeit with moments of genius. The film that accompanied it, The Reflektor Tapes, was a bloated, pretentious mess. Finally, and perhaps most damningly of all, the band are seemingly more interested in style over substance with yet another full band costume announced this week.
That ostentatious clothing matches the release of Everything Now as a vinyl only single. As the song has only, so far, been sold at Primavera music festival in Barcelona, there isn’t a full studio version available yet . For a pretty cool video of the song being played in a Barcelona record store click here
Based on that clip this song sounds like a continuation of the soft, 80s inspired rock that plagued Reflektor. It is starting to look like the days of Neon Bible and The Suburbs are firmly behind them.
UPDATE – Full song has now been released. See above video.
Alt-J’s new song Adeline is a slow burner that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Maccabees album. The song aims to be atmospheric but strays too close to Bastille territory for comfort at times. Still worth a listen though.
Brighton indie rock band The Magic Gang come with plenty of critical acclaim. Whilst it isn’t quite as arresting as the brilliant How Can I Compete, new single Your Love is a catchy, well crafted slice of summer indie pop. For fans of Circa Waves, The Last Dinosaurs, Supergrass.