Another day, another great track from CHVRCHES. Expectations for the Scottish band’s upcoming debut The Bones Of What You Believe have risen and risen with each song they’ve released, which would be dangerous were it not for the fact that they’re now four singles deep and there hasn’t been a clunker yet (not to mention the
Kid Canaveral’s debut was one of the more pleasant surprises of 2010. Giddy and maniacally catchy it may have been, Shouting at Wildlife‘s true staying power nonetheless came not from its hooks, but from tracks like “And Another Thing!!” which seemed to realize something most bands never do: music doesn’t have to be soft or slow
CHVRCHES are a bona fide hit just waiting to happen. Based in Glasgow, they’ve been steadily building a name for themselves through a handful of shows and some quietly released singles (you may remember “The Mother We Share,” which I grew a little fond of last year). “Recover,” the band’s third single, doesn’t quite match
No one listens to Frightened Rabbit to cheer themselves up. The Scottish band’s breakout record, 2008’s The Midnight Organ Fight, was such a bruisingly stark breakup album that singer Scott Hutchison spent the better half of its followup assuring listeners that he was, in fact, “not miserable.” Their fourth album, Pedestrian Verse, is the band’s first for
Frightened Rabbit have always been an aptly named band: the Scottish rockers’ songs are filled with a skittish, nervous energy that propels them, scampering, forward. And while “The Woodpile,” the second single off their upcoming fourth album Pedestrian Verse, is marked with the band’s trademark desperation, it signals a new direction. For one, it’s loud, with a dark, heavy chorus and a blistering instrumental bridge. It sounds maybe like the cousin to “The Wrestle” or “Nothing Like You,” but neither of those songs are as brash or as mean as this one, and they don’t have its steady, confident swagger. “The Woodpile” is Frightened Rabbit with their claws out.
14. Animal Kingdom – Strange Attractor Speaking of songs that would rule the airwaves in another world, there’s “Strange Attractor,” the lead single from Animal Kingdom’s second album. This one checks all the boxes: a quiet, restrained verse with an emphasis on the little details (a muted guitar ticking like a clock, the bass slipping