I am a dull white man. Let me tell you why we should be friends, the music industry is run by dull old white men who think that fun is a place they visited whilst high on coke in the mid-eighties, and the music press is run by dull foetal white men who have an idea of what fun might be but have never dared leave their allowance behind to find it. Anyway, here are your Singles of the Week:
Woods - 'Can't See At All'
You wouldn't recognise this band from the one that recorded At Rear House, which is a good thing. It's interesting to watch a band develop, you get to say that when their music remains to your tastes, otherwise it will always be a fucking travesty. This is a really nice song which shows how important a band they could be. They hit the hook early, get all the interesting stuff done around the edges, and then the instrumental part is indulgent enough to drift into. It's very enjoyable and the album is out in April.
Gold Panda - 'Time Eater'
It's dance music, I mean, you can dance to it but you have to be sad. Gold Panda is back with a new album in May and that is a really good thing. There is something remarkably familiar about this. I can't put my finger on it, but it resonates in me deeper than it really should, in a way I can't control, although that is probably the intention.
Prins Póló - 'Sandalar'
Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson has been around the Icelandic music scene for a long time, quietly making interesting music, hopefully this song will persuade you to make the time to explore his back catalogue. The song itself is sublime, and hopefully indicative of a forthcoming album.
Teen Suicide - 'The Stomach Of The Earth'
This is probably as close to a Ricky Eat Acid song as Sam Ray will make with a full band. It's like Context with solos, or a pumping version of a Mark McGuire song. Whatever it is I like it.
Phèdre - 'Zastroszy'
This is good, probably better than their other band Hooded Fang, who are also very enjoyable. It's not not been announced, but I'm hopeful that this is the start of the campaign for a follow up album to Golden Age.
Every bit of blurb I write for these could just be, "yeah this is really nice", or "this duo/trio/quartet from wherever make genretag which does..." The important thing is that you listen to the music. Cliches used by music writers to convey the handful of facts they know are mostly just embarrassing for everyone involved. I think we all know that, but I also think that's quite enough. I promise to give this column all of the care and attention that something that is outdated and overlooked in a couple of days deserves. You can submit your music to The 405 by using your initiative and clicking around the site, although I will unsubscribe from your mailing list. Have a great day.