Single Reviews 09/12/21

Published on 9 December 2021 at 17:21

Words: Adam Wright


For the first singles round up of the month, we’ve chosen the new track from SPINN as our Single Of The Week. The track, named ‘People Should Know Better’, sees the Liverpool-based band at their most political and features lyrics that focus on themes of disillusionment and anger. Sonically, the tune showcases a  melodic indie-pop sound familiar to their previous singles this year. The song has added significantly to the hype surrounding their forthcoming album, which we await with immense anticipation.  


Next up we’ve got the new one from Daisy Harris. The solo artist released her latest tune, ‘Baby You’re Bad Luck’ last week, which builds on her indie-pop sound. The Glasgow-based singer takes inspiration from Mazzy Star and the Lemonheads, the former of which is particularly noticeable on this raw and local-centric track. 


Next is another indie-pop track: this one comes from The Joshua Hotel, the pseudonym of Joshua Mackenzie, and it’s the first track the Scottish solo artist has released on his new label, No Big Deal Music. The track is a dreamy and spacious tune with themes of contemplation at its core. As is the case with many of Joshua’s previous releases, the melancholic tune sets real issues as its centre, this time focussing on the end of a complicated relationship. 


Next on the list this week is the new one from Ski Lift. The South London outfit dropped their latest track last Friday and, with it, have shown a darker side to the band’s otherwise uplifting discography. While the musical backdrop further showcases the group’s ability to occupy the space between indie pop and rock styles, the lyrics of the song focus on the arduous search for identity in the world of social media. 


Next we’ve got one that should get your head bopping. It’s called ‘Turn Out The Light’ and is the new single from the Cumbrian duo, Voodoo Radio. The track is as quick out the blocks as any rock song worth its salt: the ferocious guitar riff, coupled with the galloping drumming, as well as the track's relentless and energetic vocal make for a tune that is guaranteed to leave its mark. The single will also feature on the band’s forthcoming album. 


Another twosome now and this tune comes from the Manchester-based duo, Head Ballet. The band formed during lockdown and their new track, ‘Eraser’ builds on their experimental approach to electronic music. Despite beginning life with Nine Inch Nails inspired production, the song’s infectious, New Order-esque bass line makes this tune one for the dancers. 


The next one comes from an artist who’s made an appearance on Our Sound previously: Dean Dovey dropped his new single, ‘Loving Heart’ on Friday. The acoustic guitar-based ballad is evocative of Fleetwood Mac and Noel Gallagher and aims to whet the appetite for his debut record, which the Birmingham-based singer is currently working on. 


Lastly for this week we’ve got the new tune from North London based 11-piece band, Fake Turins. Their new single, ‘Afterwards’ sees the band explore a new brand of dance-infused alternative disco. A groovy rhythm section forms the foundations of the tune’s danceable, while the vocal evokes contemporary acts like Squid and Talking Heads. The group really seem to find strength in numbers here and are able to craft a deeply immersive, dance-infused soundscape. 


All of the above releases can be listened to on our Spotify Playlist here

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