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GIRLPOOL It Gets More Blue ★★★★ Anti “I faked global warming just to get close to you,” sing Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad on this track from their
Powerplant album. It’s a funny, throwaway line. But I can’t help thinking that if Fox News could be persuaded to include this video in their news cycle tomorrow morning, Trump would be tweeting it as fact ten minutes later: “Failing indie rock duo faked global warming to advance romantic prospects. Liberal media duped. Sad!” TOPS Petals ★★★ Arbutus The lead single from Montreal trio TOPS’ Sugar at the Gate album comes with this dreamy, retro video directed by vocalist Jane Penny. It includes cameos by a slew of 1980s music lookalikes, including an unfeasibly buffed Michael Jackson, a too-old Prince and a Desperately Seeking Susan- era Madonna who, rather hilariously, bears no physical resemblance to Madonna whatsoever. HARRY STYLES Sign of the Times ★★ Colombia Harry Styles’ debut solo single has been inviting weird ‘classic rock’ comparisons all over the shop. It shares a title with (and was announced on the 30th anniversary of) one of Prince’s greatest hits. Pre-release hype claimed it as imbued with the spirit of David Bowie and Queen. But the rock record it really resembles is Oasis’ Be
Here Now. Which is to say, it’s turgid, about twice as long as it needs to be and, basically, consists of the same three chords played over and over again. Nice falsetto though. KING BONES Who’s Got the Drugs ★★★ In this single-take music video by director Isaac Broe, Dublin newcomers King Bones repeatedly utter a phrase never previously uttered in the history of recreational narcotic usage: “Who’s got the drugs?” I once knew a dealer so paranoid his phones were being tapped he forced his customers to ask “Is Tony around?” I doubt the Feds listening in could ever have managed to crack that fiendishly inscrutable code.