Last week, I only wrote about one song because it fried my brain to the point that all else was irrelevant, so this week's column features songs from the last couple of weeks. Which is fine isn't it, as a one off, because really if you judge songs on how new they are instead of how good they are then you're a fucking idiot. Here are your singles of the week:


Yvette - 'Calm and Content'

At first I was terrified that it would be once of those painfully real avant garde affairs, but it's actually a nice big smack in the face, with enough of a pull for me to listen to it a few times and hunt out the Time Management EP that it's taken from. The video contain strobe lighting, so if that sort of thing fucks with you don't watch it.


Melt Yourself Down - 'Dot To Dot'

If you know Melt Yourself Down's self-titled debut album, you should know what to expect, except their sound has grown. Buried beneath the surface is a greater reliance on electronic devices which actually serves to enhance the party above them. Which is important to mention because many bands try to do more and it ruins what they had - here though, they've tried to do more and it just makes you want to dance harder.


Emily Wells - 'You Dream Of China'

From the party, to the smoke-stained morning light creeping between curtains to the sound of the city waking up, or something else that reads nice but means nothing. This is taken from an album called Promise, that will be released at the end of January. This ticks a lot of my boxes. I could go and on but you wouldn't read it, so instead I'll just say this, it's all about the way she lets her voice fall apart before returning to the chorus at the end.


Waylor - 'Silver and Gold'

I've listened to this song maybe ten times in a row and I'm still drawn to the dynamic juxtaposition of styles. The fuzzed-out guitars make the pop hooks stand out and the pop hooks really make the fuzzed out guitars work. It's the kind of thing that could've been straight up terrible if it wasn't so delicately handled, so thankfully... Waylor is the new project from Matt Taylor, who played guitar in the recently ex-band, Dry the River. You can't tell where the thing is headed from this song, which is pretty strange these days, and totally exciting.


Danielle Fricke - 'Mourning Dove'

At this time of year, when the vibrant colours that make autumn beautiful have all but been trodden into dirt, when the wind and rain start to turn colder, and your knitwear gets chunkier and more satisfying to wear, I like to listen to music like this and watch the wind blow drops of water across the outside of my window. I mean that as an afterthought. I like to stare out of my window and listen to music all year round. I guess I'm just drawn to introspection as autumn turns to winter. 'Mourning Dove' is taken from an album called Moon; it's really worth dwelling on. The controlled explosion that is the second half of this song shows just how talented a songwriter she is.



Y'know I get sent songs like this and I'm expected to stay sane, it probably doesn't excuse my behaviour but I 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.