As much as we all love the Track of the Week feature some songs inevitably fall through the gap. Either they're online just after the feature is published and therefore a week old by the time their chance to nab the spot comes again or I'm just too late in coming across them.
So here's some of the tracks that fell through the gaps. Take some time to listen because, unusually for this time of year, there doesn't seem to be an end to great acts putting new songs up.
And for those of you who like yr reviews in bite-sized chunks: I apologise for dropping all of this pop on you at once.
MJ Hibbett & The Validators - Theme From Dinosaur Planet
After a couple of years absence MJ Hibbett has re-unieted the Validators in order to bring to life his 'indiepop War of the Worlds' Dinosaur Planet. Lead track and free download 'Theme From Dinosaur Planet' is a taster of what to expect. A massive pop tune about dinosaurs, it is (as Hibbett would say) GRATE! After hearing acoustic renditions of this years ago it's awesome to hear it in its full glory.
It's also one of the best videos you'll see this year too.
The History Of Apple Pie - Mallory
It's not been deliberate, but I've neglected The History Of Apple Pie since first writing about them. New single 'Mallory' (out this week) is beefier than you might remember them being with walls of fuzzy guitars and sweet vocals. Second album Pains of Being Pure At Heart is a fairly close reference point (but fans of Yuck will also love) and it sounds like the start of what's going to be a very big 2012 for THOP.
Olympians - Wake Up Old
Another band that I can't belive I've forgotten to post more about. Olympians have singed to the ACE Barely Regal Records and released this fabulous slice of epic & intricate pop. As pretty as British Sea Power's most glacial moments but with jerky Foals-like bits thrown in. The trumpet part is just Christmassy enough that you'll be listening to this throughout the festive season. It's also a free download - so what are you waiting for?
Frankie & The Heartstrings - Everybody Looks Better (In The Right Light)
The DIY pop success story of the year. Frankie & The Heartstrings have sacrificed none of their credibility for chart success and have looked rather dapper whilst doing it. 'Everybody Looks Better (In The Right Light)' sounds pretty much like you'd expect a post-first album single to sound like from the band (Dexy's meets Franz with '50s vocal harmonies), but a little more stripped down. Not something that you'd expect from a Bernard Bulter production but as ace as you'd hope from Frankie and co.
Frankie & The Heartstrings - Everybody Looks Better (In The Right Light) by Wichita Recordings
The Pipettes - Boo Shuffle
With last year's Earth Vs The Pipettes sadly turning out to be rather forgettable it's great to see the band so quick off the mark with new material. And it's even better to see that they've returned to their polka-dot pop roots. 'Boo Shuffle' is a bit of a grower and turns out to be as catchy as anything else they've done. However it does highlight how much the group misses the excellent vocal talent of Rose Elinor Dougall (and also how well suited to this material her voice was).
Little Boots - Shake
This return on the other hand has been a long time coming. With her (excellent) debut album a distant memory for the pop charts it seems that Victoria Hesketh has decided that this time around the electro is more important than the pop and has delivered a tune that's the dubstep influenced cousin of 'Stuck On Repeat'. I can't say that I'm completely on board with 'Shake' at the moment but am sure that Little Boots has got some killer pop moment up her sleeve for the first single proper. Failing that a radio edit to remove the long and repetitive intro wouldn't go amiss.
Fanzine - Roman Holiday
Fanzine are a band that I came across supporting someone (The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart possibly) earlier in the year and have been keeping half an eye on since. They've recently put out a video for their new single 'Roman Holiday' which is out on Fat Possum records at the end of the month. That they're sharing a label with Yuck makes it even easier for me to compare their ace slacker-pop to their more famous label mates and anyone who's been enjoying the album by the aforementioned are urged towards this tuneful fuzz.
Roman Holiday from Fanzine on Vimeo.
Pulled Apart By Horses - V.E.N.O.M
And lastly some nice meaty rock music. You're probably familiar with Pulled Apart By Horses Now. They've made plenty of waves and lots of people are really excited for album number two. Which makes sense and their debut was ace. 'V.E.N.O.M' is a smack around the face that rocks harder than the latest Mastodon record. It sounds like you expect but better.