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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.

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