Oh hello, god awful weather. As the world appears to approach the apocalypse, and I gear up to watch Jonny English, we are inundated with a good old mixed bag of singles for your delectation. From the astounding Girls, to the hernia inducing Spank Rock, with a stops along the way at Herman Dune and Forest Fire, I think that we’ve just about covered every possible sound known to man, whether for better or worse. Do a little dance, make a little love, and then throw a vote my way down at the bottom of the page.


Girls – 'Honey Bunny'

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I frigging love this song, and whilst I’m fully aware that in writing a review I’m undertaking a challenge to be totally impartial, I can ultimately only give my own opinion on a song - and this song is fucking fantastic. The highs and lows of the album have been recorded pretty much everywhere across the net, so I’ll not add to the collective plaudits, but rest assured that it is not a let-down. This is a song that takes an almost lazy glam hook, complete with doo-wop harmonies, and is morphed into one of the catchiest song's of the year, hands down. There is a poignance to the lyrics, as you question the shy narcissism of Christopher Owens’ lyricism, with the bizarre video only heightening the overall result; a song which refuses to get boring. This is a kick to the crotch for all the glitchy bullshit circulating that perpetuates the lie that a track has to encapsulate as many ideas and sounds as aurally impossible to be of any worth.



Little Fish – ‘Wonderful’

Veering wildly from a Nico verse to a powerfully anthemic nineties chorus, via Beach House chords, this is a song to leave you trembling from the raw emotion coursing through the vocal delivery. It is an atavistic, wild voice, throaty and desperate whilst retaining an intimacy and yearning rarely seen utilised in a three piece band; without the facts in front of you it beggars belief that such a tight, rich sound has been created across the bare bones of an act, and yet the evidence is coming out of your speakers. Based in Oxford, the band have been around a few years with several false starts under their belt, but with plaudits from Gaz Coombes, amongst others, Little Fish look set to act on their potential with this track.



Forest Fire – ‘The News’

 

With their first release on Fat Cat, Forest Fires have served up a Walkmen/ Strange Boys pastiche that stands alone as a ramshackle carrion cry that treads the thin line between disparate and laconic, without ever losing focus and threatening to ramble. It is incredibly well constructed as a song, as songwriter/ vocalist Mark Thresher explains, “This record is our attempt to be more of an ambitious songwriter/ rock band, rather than a weird folk band.”  There are elements of Local Natives, like there are to so many other bands bursting through at the moments, but I particularly like this for the fact that despite feeding from obvious influences you will already be remembering it as a specifically Forest Fires-y sound.



Sparrow and the Workshop – ‘Faded Glory’

Like a trashy, garage Joanna Newsom, all bristling with attitude and a desperate, quivering vocal.  Sounding like it’s been composed in a cardboard box, in the artistic, Micachu sense, rather than the homeless, quite upsetting sense, this is a song which I’ve now listened to four times and it constantly feels like a new song, twisting and squirming through a cavalcade of folk tensions before a tumultuous earthquake of an ending.



Spank Rock –‘#1’

This song appears to have given me a hernia.  I think it may actually be abhorrent. 



Herman Dune – ‘Be A Doll And Take My Heart’

Whilst ‘Tell Me Something I Don’t Know’ was previously our Single of the Week, this unfortunately misses the mark with its whimsical, vaguely dull chorus that deems it necessary to go on and on and on. I really rate the band, so it’s a shame that ‘Be A Doll’ crosses the rubicon with their Beatles tribute from sweet and brilliant to infuriatingly repetitive.