Eoin But­ler’s guide to sin­gles, down­loads and free au­diostreams

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My Year in Lists Wi­chita On which the Welsh indie scamps come over like the Ar­cade Fire’s de­ranged grand­kids. Granted, it’s not as catchy as last year’s (in­sanely catchy) You! Me! Danc­ing! And April is rather an odd month to re­lease a song about New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. But who cares? This is bril­liant. Break the Ice Jive Oh come Brit­ney, don’t be bash­ful. Surely the ice was bro­ken the time you jumped out of that peo­ple car­rier with no knick­ers on.


Ma­chine Gun Is­land Por­tishead are back and packin’ heat. Ma­chine Gun boasts none of the sump­tu­ous pro­duc­tion val­ues one might have ex­pected, given the Bris­tol duo’s 1990s out­put, or Beth Gib­bons’ solo work with Rustin Man. In­stead this is lean, sparse and growl­ing with men­ace. Def­i­nitely a grower. Ho­mo­erotic trash metal from NYC. If this track was one of Depp’s film roles it would be his turn as Oprah Noodle­mantra in Night­mare on Elm Street 6. That is to say, it’s ill-con­ceived, clum­sily ex­e­cuted and mer­ci­fully brief.


With­out You Is­land Alarm­ingly en­joy­able MOR fluff, on which Dan Gillespie-Sells finds him­self stranded in rainy north Vir­ginia and won­der­ing what the time is in Lon­don. Well, Dan, there’s a five-hour time dif­fer­ence. So, as­sum­ing you’re too home­sick and/or plas­tered to make the nec­es­sary cal­cu­la­tion, your friends in Lon­don are most likely tucked up in their beds by now. If you’re at a loose end to­mor­row, visit Colo­nial Wil­liams­burg.



Be­lief in God Is So Adorable Cap­tains of In­dus­try


Out of Our Hands ATC The first sin­gle from the forth­com­ing The Hollow of the Morn­ing album, this is be­ing re­leased to co­in­cide with Hayes’s up­com­ing Ir­ish tour. My Bloody Valen­tine’s Kevin Shields re­port­edly con­trib­uted some gui­tar parts to the album ses­sions, and his in­flu­ence can be de­tected on this track. But for a come­back sin­gle, it’s rather un­der­whelm­ing.

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