Monday, October 31, 2005

Hannah's not-really-that-spooky Single of the Week (31/10/05)

Well, this spoof is better than 'Do They Know It's Christmas', anyday! Muhahahaha!

Single of the Week:
Patrick Wolf - Tristan (official site and video and extended video)
Novelty anti-halloween records aside, this is the perfect song to be tied in with the slightly spooky release date of this week's singles. Headlining the Samhain Spooktacular on Monday, playing the last of his supporting slots with Bloc Party, and now releasing the third single from his critically acclaimed second album, everything would appear to be going extremely well in Wolfland. Arguably darker, and perhaps harsher than previous singles 'Tristan' is one of the highlights (and possibly even the best song) from 'Wind In The Wires', and features Patrick growling and wailing to great effect, alongside some stunning instrumentation so unlike the contents of your average chart single. Oh Patrick - we are not worthy! 'Tristan' comes complete with a suitably sinister video directed by Paul Gore to which I've provided a link. Or two, since there's an extended version, but lacking RealPlayer I'm missing out on it. Watch. Listen. You won't regret it.
5/5
BUY: Wind In The Wires (Tomlab)

Special Mentions:
The Kills - No Wow (official site and video)
Personally, I'm surprised this has been released as a single. On the surface it would appear to make sense - it's a great song, and is also the title track of the band's current album. I suppose it just shows it's 'all about the music' because there is little marketing sense whatsoever in a track being released as a single after inclusion on a free CD on the front of the NME. However, those issues aside, this is a bass-driven masterpiece, complete with sultry vocals and some neat harmonisation. Musically, it's fairly simplistic, but this is the song's strength, drawing attention to the aforementioned vocals and their contrast between the distorted guitar. The only let down to the track, however, is its slightly repetitive nature, but it's a minor fault, and the Kills are definitely a musical force to be reckoned with.
4/5
BUY: No Wow (Domino)

The Rakes - 22 Grand Job (official site with video)
If you're looking for a quick, two-minute adrenalin rush of indiepop - this is it. Previously I've never been particularly captivated by The Rakes, but this song, and the accompanying video made me sit up and listen. Set to open for Franz Ferdinand on their upcoming tour, with this single The Rakes also employ the jerky-guitars-plus-dance-routine formula beloved of Kapranos and co. However, what the video really reminds me of is Jarvis Cocker in 'Common People' - please tell me I'm not mad! '22 Grand Job' is both ridiculously catchy and lyrically witty. Perfect for an indie disco.
4/5
BUY: Capture/Release (V2)

Not Quite Worth Your Time:
This week, I would advise you to refrain from buying the single by Craig David, simply because it is Craig David and is therefore utter dross. 1/5

Goldfrapp's follow-up to the fantastic 'Ooh La La' is also somewhat disappointing, boring, and lacking anything particularly inspiring about it unless you count the surreal stunner of a video. 2.5/5

Gwen Stefani has teamed up with Pharrell Williams to release what is possibly the worst thing she has ever put her name to. Why, Gwen? WHY? 1/5

After having the dubious honour of being WL Single of the Week earlier this year with 'Got None', Robert Post fails to impress with his follow-up 'There's One Thing'. Once again, the video's got a nice concept, but music-wise (and lyrics-wise - they're WEIRD!) you're much better off with his free download 'Newborn', available from his
official website. 2/5

All Releases: (those I've heard in bold)
Absentee - Weasel [7” only], Agnelli & Nelson - Shiver [12” only], Alanis Morrissette - Crazy, Ampop - EP [7” only], Army Of One - Black Rain, Audioslave - Doesn’t Remind Me, Bcd Project - Infinity [12” only], Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Weight Of The World, Blak Twang - Travellin’, Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman No Cry (Live), Calvoon - Coming On Strong 2 The Maximum, Columbian Drum Cartel - The Shipment [12” only], Craig David - Don’t Love You No More (I’m Sorry), Daft Punk - Human After All [12’’ only], Dandy Warhols - All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey, Darren Hayes - So Beautiful, Dear Eskimo - Be Patient, Echo & The Bunnymen - In The Margins, Electric Avenue - All I Want, Eurythmics - I’ve Got Life, Fallout Trust - Before The Light Goes, Fightstar - Grand Unification, Goldfrapp - Number One, Hipslinky - Had It Occurred To You?, Howdi - The Number One Song In Heaven/Play Dead [7” only], Jamie Lidell - Multiply, Jo Jingles - Disco/Jo Jingles Says, The Kills - No Wow, Kray Twinz - What We Do, Lancaster Bombers - Cruelty Boxes [7” only], Lupen Crook - Halloween, Madness - Girl, Why Don’t You?, Man Raze - Skin Crawl, Meeky Rosie - Forever, Mugison - I Want You, Nine Black Alps - Just Friends, Patrick Wolf - Tristan, Pharrell Williams & Gwen Stefani - Can I Have It Like That?, Rachel Star - Till There Was You, The Rakes - 22 Grand Job, Ray J - One Wish, Redjetson - This Every Day For The Rest Of Your Life, Richard Hawley - Coles’ Corner, Robert Post - There’s One Thing,Rosetta Ft Billy Bragg - We Laughed, Ryan Leslie - Just Right, Scary Kids Scaring Kids - Only Medicine [7” only], St Etienne - A Good Thing, Status Quo - All That Counts Is Love, Suffrajets - Everything You Do, Texas - Can’t Resist, Twisted Angels - La, Vanlustbader - Here We Go Again, White Rose Movement - Alsatian

What's your single of the week?