Following a brief summer hiatus, more down to a lack of internet than musical differences, The 405's Singles of the Week are back, and we are bigger and better than ever, with fresh releases from S.C.U.M, Hatcham Social and Little Fish. The festival season is over, winter is approaching, and Primark are already selling Christmas cards. What a load of old shit. Oh well, hooray for the return of decent singles and tours. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin...


Little Fish – 'Wonderful'

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Veering wildly from 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.



Hatcham Social – 'Like An Animal'

In remaining intrinsically English in both accent and sentiment, yet hinting at aspects of a lo-fi surfer-pop element in the scuzzy progressions to the chant-along chorus, Hatcham Social have crafted yet another smashing single in the heritage of Young Knives and The Futureheads. Steadfastly indie, in the traditional sense, and still drawing a mainstream audience in with the promise of accessibility and a catchy-as-hell hook, this offers the other end of the garage-revival scale which has only seen fit to promote Yuck. Plus you can download it free from their Bandcamp. Whisper it now, but I think there are definite suggestions of Blur in the track..



L-Vis 1990- 'Lost In Love'

Let's break up the decidedly guitar based records today with the infinitely dancey 'Lost In Love'. Synths and vapid, banal lyrics, this ought to represent everything I stand against, along with Fearne Cotton and Tinie Tempah, but it's appeal lies in the open, self-abasement of the track; it isn't trying to be anything more than infinitely catchy, and it absolutely succeeds. It wouldn't be out of place alongside tracks like Fenech Soler or Wolfgang, but outstrips them in longevity and understatement. This is a simple pop song, and it is gut-wrenchingly cracking.



S.C.U.M. – 'Whitechapel'

And speaking of synth-pop pretenders, here is the surprising new track from S.C.U.M, 'Whitechapel'. Based on the brooding, sinister edge to previous single 'Amber Hands', I thought this was a band bred on The Horrors and Jesus and Mary Chain, but this is a song rooted in dreamy, electronic soundscapes, combining a fey theatricality with an insistent snare to carve out a song that grows and grows into a track to define your Indian summer. Assuming you don't live in Leeds like me.



St. Spirit – 'Build A Life'

As an act totally new to me, it has taken a good few listens to put my finger on the comparisons to St. Spirit, but I have belatedly made it. They are the collective heir to the throne of Bright Eyes. The voice is near identical, the epic climax to the track leads on perfectly from The People's Key, and the beautiful depth to the overall sound and balance are equally gorgeous. St. Spirit evoke Frightened Rabbit and The National but never fail in striving to create an independent, lush overall aural impact that makes you simply want to weep.