About Time You Heard: This WeekBy Toby Leston
And as we hurtle 10,000mph towards the summer it all really starts to happen doesn’t it? There were some big releases this week, here’s some of our favourites:
Ed Sheeran – Sing
From SB.TV to the U.K’s redheaded Timberlake? A stylish new single from Ed Sheeran – with flourishes of acoustic guitar and a healthy dose of falsetto.
The Neighbourhood – Honest
If Hollywood blockbusters also have the power to flush out your favourite pop acts and give them an outlet for singles as decent as this one, then we have no problem with Hollywood blockbusters. California’s The Neighbourhood return with ‘Honest’, which comes automatically with any pre-orders made on the soundtrack to the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Jack White – High Ball Stepper
Once the figurehead of one of the most important bands in guitar music, the inimitable Jack White remains a hugely well respected opinion in music and ground-breaking label head man. His own debut record was a triumph, and his high-intensity London shows provided fans with a whistle stop tour of his preposterously successful career to date. So it has come as a surprise to some, that it came as a surprise to some, that he is so highly regarded by the Eavis family. His high billing at Glastonbury is more than deserved, and those heading down to the festival are in for a treat. New taster for the upcoming sophomore album Lazaretto is testament to that.
The White Bicycles – Dust
The falmouth dream-pop duo return- and with a new EP on the horizon you should try out Dust for size, as it is currently available as a free download.
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Queens of the Stone Age – Smooth Sailing
Mischief pulses through the veins of this greasy-slick marvel of a track, and now we have a video to match. Watch the band’s unstoppable front man Josh Homme inflict a coked up bender on some Asian businessmen.
And as a bonus, get lost in Aquilo‘s beautiful and atmospheric new E.P. It’s not hard to see the influence of The XX or the more recent successes of acts like London Grammar here, but these two neighbours from the Lake District prove that the standard of what is being produced in the UK in this particular genre remains consistently spellbinding.
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