The week’s best clips, singles, downloads and audiostreams
Love Is a Drug ★★★
Three years after Westlife’s unlamented demise, and just a couple of months after being photographed working in a catering van at a music festival, it is fair to say that expectations for Mark Feehily’s solo career aren’t exactly at fever pitch. But this independently released, gospel-tinged debut single, produced by Mojam (Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé), may actually surprise a few people. As a snooty music critic, there’s no easy way for me to say this, but Feehily’s song isn’t bad.
On May 4th, Mumford & Sons return with a new album,
Wilder Mind. At first glance, much has changed while they’ve been away. Gone are the tweed waistcoats, banjos and superfluous pocket watches. In their place come synths, electric guitars and sharp suits. But fans, fear not. Cosmetic changes aside, Mumford retains an inner core of dullness, earnestness and market-oriented mediocrity that could survive a nuclear holocaust. And this is nothing if not more of the same.
Dear Future Husband
A year ago, no one outside of Nashville had heard of Meghan Trainor. One humongous global hit ( All About That Bass) later, the 21-year-old is a fully fledged diva. On the third single from her Title album, Trainor sets down the basic ground rules for a potential spouse: Never disagree. Apologise after every fight. Tolerate her crazy behaviour. And that you will see a lot more of your in-laws than she’ll be seeing of hers. Sounds pretty reasonable, right?
AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR
“Wasping” is the Belfast band’s term for stripping a song down to it’s most essential element, coined after this instrumental pile-driver was cut from six minutes to a muscular two and a half. Their fourth album,
Heirs, is due out May 1st.