Not everyone is excited and happy all the time, remember to ask your friends "how are you feeling today?" Alternatively, play them these songs at an unreasonable volume and be certain of their joy. Here are your singles of the week:


Kill The Vultures - 'Shake Your Bones'

About a million lifetimes ago I heard a song called 'Moonshine' by Kill The Vultures, it was kind of how I wanted Dalek to sound having read the descriptions of them but what I’d heard of them at the time, hadn’t. Discordant, beats that provoke involuntary shoulder swinging, the feeling of some true grit in the delivery - perfect for the apocalypse drunk I wanted back then. Then I lost them in the gigantic excitable dust cloud of every other band on the internet at once, but you know what, they still exist and fuck it if they haven’t just gotten better and better with age. That squealing horn is everything, all of it, what a break. The album 'Carnelian' is out in a few weeks. This is not a drill, I say again, this is not a drill.


The Besnard Lakes - 'Golden Lion'

The Bernard Lakes have been working on this flawless wall of sound for a few albums now and 'Golden Lion' would allude to the fact that they've got it nailed down. I hope they never change. The new album is out early next year and promises to be like this, and by that I mean highly enjoyable and distinctly them.


Car Seat Headrest - 'Times To Die'

The more I sit and dwell on this, the layering, the lyrics, the lot of it - the more I fall in love. I didn't realise I could still love music like this, but this is seven minutes of great idea after great idea. Will Toledo is living proof that there are still interesting ways to make indie rock.


Cult Choir - 'Too Many Miles'

This is one of those relentless melodies that gets better for never, ever ending, and then you realise the song is only two minutes long, and you've been sat in silence for god knows how long; there's skin growing in the tea cup next to you, it's dark outside and you've got a beard now.


Schmieds Puls - 'I Care A Little Less About Everything Now'

In our modern world, I think this is a sentiment we can all get behind. The restraint is so gratifying, it does so much with so little it's like a pause button for all the bullshit, and god knows we need one of those. Songwriter Mira Lu Kovacs uses her classical training to create something so perfect that it deserves to be heard and absorbed and enjoyed and shouted about from the rooftops of buildings. Do you know someone with a roof garden?


Perils - 'Flaw'

Perils are Kyle Bobby Dunn and Benoît Pioulard, which will be incredibly exciting for those of you who know what that means, because they've quietly been building an incredible catalogue of music and it sounds like together they can take their ideas even further. There is so much happening beneath the surface, so many textures and pathways, it's Hemingway's iceberg theory in a song. The self-titled album is out in a couple of weeks so it will be worth setting aside some time for yourself when it comes out. You should probably set an alarm.


Weyes Blood - 'In The Beginning'

It doesn’t take much to transport me to another world or another time, a line like "I'm still learning to be free and not so sombre" is really all the provocation I need. This song is from the Cardamom Times EP which is entirely worth your time and attention. If you like this you should also hunt out Aldous Harding's self-titled album from earlier in the year.



Oh yeah, this is essentially a bad version of this. 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.