Label: Unit Rad Release date: Out Now! Website: Lofty Heights on Myspace Lofty Heights’ latest: Eye Contact/Skeleton Apples' 7'' is a delightful, sun-kissed brace of tracks born from ex-cali now-london (still awesomely name) crooner Gregory Griffin. Opener Skeleton Apples is introduced by a disarming vocal melody swiftly shored up by some contemplative brass and a killer lo-fi chorus. Lyrics depicting skeletons with apple seeds in eye-sockets (to speed passage to the great orchard in the sky perhaps) and the washing up spoiling a burgeoning romance bring about a seriously wry smile. Eye Contact is equally as beguiling. Sounding in parts like a cross between The Beach Boys and The Flaming Lips, with falsetto “oooh-eeee” background vocals and “aaa-aaa-a” at the fore, it’s the brilliantly quirky lyrics about Oyster cards and awkward eye contact that give the tune a real personality of its own. At 3:07 Eye Contact might just qualify for the coveted ‘pop nugget’ classification; it’s joyous, evocative, a little silly and quite beautiful. If you’re a fan of melodic, innocent folk-tinged pop the loveliness of which creeps slowly but surely up on you, then stick your head in the clouds with these tunes in your ears. If you’re not, then elevate yourself to some Lofty Heights and we’ll see you there. Rating: 8/10