New Releases 21st July 2008

by MV

Single of the Week: Crystal Castles – Vanished
It’s a slow week, one of those weeks where anything vaguely interesting is likely to win out simply by virtue of not being entirely predictable. Crystal Castles may be a bit too cool for school, but this is a pleasingly restrained, minimal affair, with a moody synth line and whispered vocals evoking the seedier, darker side of 80s synthpop that rarely gets an airing these days. In case you’re interested, the video is directed by somebody called Kenneth Cockwhore. Uh-huh.

Some more sort-of-OK songs if you click below…

Attic Lights – Bring You Down [YouTube]
Summery, poppy, straightforward take on the Teenage Fanclub template from fellow Glaswegians.

Death Cab For Cutie – Cath (7”) [YouTube]
Middling sensitive indie from the man I really wish would make another Postal Service album instead…

DJ Q feat MC Bonez – You Wot [YouTube]
I had to post this, simply because it somehow reminds me of the Flight of the Conchords’ ‘Doggy Bounce‘. Except nowhere near as good, obviously.

Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal [YouTube]
This is a pretty little ditty, sure, but I still don’t really get the hype around this band…

Ida Maria – I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked [YouTube]
The song isn’t half as good as its title, or their previous singles.

Roisin Murphy – Movie Star [YouTube]
Roisin’s solo career has definitely been a step in the right direction, shedding the patchy weirdness that marred some of Moloko’s later work. She’s also fashioning herself into one of the UK’s strongest pop voices. Mad but great video, also.

Sneaky Sound System – Pictures [YouTube]
Radio-friendly electro-ish pop from Australians who’ve been big back home for a few years, and now look set to break through in the UK thanks to plenty of support from Radio 1. Decent enough.

Tikaro, J Louis & Ferran feat Clarence – Shine On Me [YouTube]
First generic chart dance track featuring scantily-clad ladies in the video of the summer, as far as I’ve noticed. It’s alright.

Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go [YouTube]
An easy target for criticism, the Ting Tings are not, to my ears, actually that offensive. This is good, throwaway, summery pop music. It’s not the sort of thing anyone will care about in a few years time, but there could be worse things clogging up the Radio 1 playlist.