New Releases 14th July 2008

by MV

Single of the Week: Neon Neon – I Told Her on Alderaan/ Trick For Treat

On a sunny day, it can occasionally seem like Gruff Rhys can do no wrong. It’s a sunny day today, and he’s back with another cut from his Boom Bip-collaboration Neon Neon’s near-flawless debut. And it’s a double A-side. The Star Wars-referencing A-side is the gem here, an 80s-envisaged space-age romp that scales pop highs the Super Furries haven’t managed in about 10 years. The live clip above really doesn’t do it justice, so I’ll endeavour to replace it ASAP.

As a bonus, here’s Har Mar Superstar prancing around the Glastonbury stage to Trick for Treat, while Gruff has a rest. Much as he was probably doing when he should have been out making Proper Videos…

Other good stuff lies below…

Annie – I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me [YouTube]
Tasty like candy, but just as likely to leave you wondering why you bothered in the first place. To stretch the metaphor: it looks pretty. It tastes pretty good. There’s something missing though. I’m not saying pop music should have substance. But it should have a kick to it. It’s like a vodka jelly without the vodka. It’s a shame, because I want Annie to be everything that’s great about pop music. But sometimes she isn’t. Quite.

Black Ghosts – Repetition Kills You [YouTube]
Another track desperately failing to register on anything other than a ‘vaguely noticing there’s some pleasant noise going on’ sort of level. Oh, a bit harsh I guess. It sounds a bit like Hot Chip doing a tribute to Hot Chip. Yeah?

Ce’Cile – Goody [YouTube]
So this is surf classic ‘Wipeout’ with a bit of summery wibbling about kitty kitty cats over the top of it, by Jamaican newcomer Ce’Cile. Like the outfits in the video, there’s not much to it, but it’s somehow considerably less ‘meh’ than 90% of this week’s releases.

CSS – Left Behind [YouTube – sound only]
Word on the street is that Lovefoxxx & co have lost it on their second outing. This is watered down stuff, lacking the hooks and fizz of their first album. It’s not awful, it’s just hard to care much. Is there a theme developing this week?

The Feeling – Turn It Up [YouTube]
Their Glastonbury slot appeared to consist of at least 50% 80s covers, which I suppose it what passes for entertainment these days. This is back to their own peculiar brand of slick Asda-friendly guitar pop, though. Trouble is, the piano-led pre-chorus veers dangerously close to brilliance.

Madonna – Give It 2 Me [YouTube]
Madonna singles seem to be much less of an ‘event’ than they were until quite recently. On the evidence of this, it’s because they’re not as good as they used to be. Passes the time, though…

McFly – One For The Radio [YouTube]
I can’t decide if the annoying self-referential ‘don’t hate us’ lyrics cancel out the fact that the tune’s pretty good. McFly are back, then, being more unashamedly fun than any of the awful chart indie bands that have appeared in their wake and appropriated their sound. Yup.

Primal Scream – Can’t Go Back [YouTube]
The word I’m looking for is ‘solid’, isn’t it? Or it might be ‘uninspiring’. They’ve been an alternating parody of various versions of themselves since XTRMNTR, if we’re honest, haven’t they?