This week is an epicly quiet one. Like properly quiet. Think the western front if they were on a sponsored silence, which a lot of money had been pledged for. I can offer only three songs, and my sincere apologies, which are not particularly sincere or genuine. Clock Opera, Givers, and Andy Burrows released new tracks this week, but at least it's sunny and humid and you feel rough. Hooray for freshers flu and the start of Autumn.


Givers – 'Meantime'

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After the wild success of 'Up Up Up', Givers have returned with the equally sun-kissed and infuriatingly fun 'Meantime'. Givers are an act so eaten up by nonsensical and inexplicable happiness you will be pinching your hands and grimacing your balls off whilst dancing like an idiot to every track they ever produce. Whilst 'Up Up Up' put them on the map, and FIFA 12, this is a track which stutters to ignition, bucking and breaking before the chanted refrain. Catchier than any vaguely topical comparison you can think of, I genuinely believe that this winter is going to be all about Givers.



Andy Burrows – 'If I Had A Heart'

Yes, Andy Burrows was in Razorlight. That is out the way, done, old news. 'If I Had A Heart' is actually really rather fine, a mighty well produced folk ditty in the lineage of of Guilliemots, with more of a focus on their early harmonies rather than the outlandish aural effects. There is a subtle poetry to the single, with an increased air of intimacy evoked in the DIY street-corner video. This goes beyond a mere acoustic track in the shimmering electronics of the backing, but they never threaten to take away from the fact that this is a hugely solo effort, and one which takes significant and deliberate steps to separate the artist from his former work. Of course, he's drummed for We Are Scientists, amongst other side projects, recently, and it is in 'If I Had A Heart' that Andy Burrows' overwhelming talent comes to the fore.



Clock Opera- 'Lesson No. 7'

All glittering, glitchy organ and melancholic vocals, like an introspective Elbow, this track builds and builds into a glorious wall of distorted sound, taking every possible effect that shouldn't work together and creating something both powerful yet distinctly delicate. This differs from previous efforts like 'Belonging' in its immediacy and refusal to derive to genre, mingling a mathy guitar hook with the trademark ambience of the keys. The vocal comparisons are, to my mind, inevitable, but it gives a fascinating edge to the sound, with the growing crescendo of the conclusion haunting the mind way after the track fades out.