Friday, 9 November 2012

Single Reviews: My First Tooth, Big Wave, and more

We're still catching up on recent releases, but that's not stopped some long-standing Keep Pop Loud favourites from releasing killer new singles. Or for that matter, a semi-decent band from a few years ago releasing an utter... Well, you'll see.

My First Tooth – Past Broadcasts

Alcopop! Records has spent the past few weeks spoiling pop fans everywhere with stunning new music. From the more established camp came strking new tracks from Johnny Foreigner and Screaming Maldini, whilst new signings included the ace Oh No! Yoko. This week however it was the turn of the group most synonymous with the label to mark their return. 'Past Broadcasts' is the most confident outing yet for My First Tooth, and feels like a big step up. Still incredibly sweet, but now more sweeping, My First Tooth utilise elements from the current wave of folk influenced pop but do so without sounding contrived. A full pop sound that will keep hearts warm this winter.

Joy Formidable – This Ladder is Ours

Following on from rollicking rocker 'Cholla', The Joy Formidable have unleashed yet another take from the forthcoming LP Wolf's Law. It opens with a blissful cinematic meander before the band kick into the kind of huge rock sound that made their debut album (and preceeding mini A Balloon Called Moaning) so enjoyable. It sounds much better produced this time around however, with Ritzy's vocal and Matt Thomas' drumming still their main weapons. It's the former that takes centre stage here, breathlessly emotive and soaring above the revving guitars. Thanks to tracks such as 'This Ladder Is Ours' a stadium future is a certainty.

Chvrches – The Mother We Share

It transpires that Chvrches are the most exciting new band on the planet. 'The Mother We Share' is the first single proper from the Glasgow based three-piece who're already being referred to as the best thing to happen to pop music since Robyn became totally amazing. With their icy cool and massive hooks we've been completely taken in. Although there's some similarities to the great of electro-pop's recent past and present this feels incredibly fresh and will delight all who like their ears to feel happy. Check out previous song 'Lies' for another example of why Chvrches debut album is one of the most eagerly anticipated of 2013.

Foals - Inhaler

Total Life Forever, and its singles 'Spanish Sahara' and 'This Orient' were so sublime that we went back to Foals debut (which at the time we found faintly irritating) and found plenty to enjoy. It is probably for the best that we don't re-evaluate Foals previous material in light of their new single however, as 'Inhaler' is a bit of a turd.
It sounds like a similar re-invention attempt to Bloc Party's recent album, but where FOUR came across as a bold statement borne out of the meshing of four musicians, 'Inhaler' comes across as self-satisfied muscle flexing. 'Look what we can do', 'Inhaler' seems to shout whilst ambling along with all of the joy of a '70s hair band's b-side. Somehow the world's already been taken in.

Big Wave – Only You

Like My First Tooth and Screaming Maldini, Big Wave have returned with a single that takes them up to the next level. We loved last year's 'Wild Strawberries' with its seaside girl-group feel, but now with 'Only You' they've got more drive they're belting out numbers that feel like across-the-years indiepop classics. Mixing the best of The Popguns, Pipettes and Love Is All it has the hallmarks that we always fall for. B-Side 'Living Room' is more of a lo-fi treat, but you can hear why we're excited for what comes next of Big Wave.

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