Greg O’Keefe froths at the mouth over a different kind of Biffy…
Biffy Clyro: WhoÃ¢ÂÂs Got A Match? – Single of the week
Pounding riffs and throbbing bass make this poppier than usual effort from hairy rockers Biffy Clyro go with a sea-shanty swing. ‘IÃ¢ÂÂm a fire and I burn tonight,’ growls Simon Neil, with his belting band making a racket like a brit-rock Queens of the Stone Age in the background. What’s not to like?
Vetiver: You May Be Blue (Neighbours re-mixes)
A subtle side-step from Devandra BanhartÃ¢ÂÂs backing band this. Electronic melancholia done just right with distorted beats which start off slow and get all dancey at the business end.
Breathy female vocals give it a haunting lilt and You May Be Blue’ generally evokes the best bits of CloudDead and Portishead.
Wild Beasts: Assembly
Falsetto is getting ever more popular. Mika started it, wailing constantly at the highest of high pitches, then The Hoosiers followed suite. It seems you canÃ¢ÂÂt put on the radio now without hearing someone sounding like theyÃ¢ÂÂve been on the helium. This is catchy enough indie pop but Just. Too. Damned. High. Pitch.
Asobi Seksu: Strawberries
Foot-tapping, clever-sounding guitar stuff sung in Japanese from this intriguing New York-based three-piece.
Sweet lady vocals from singer Yuki Chikudate and a buzzy riff are combined winners. Their name means Ã¢ÂÂplayful sexÃ¢ÂÂ, too.
Kings Have Long Arms feat Candie Payne: Big Umbrella
Bright, horn-driven 70Ã¢ÂÂs tinged pop with Scouse chanteuse Candie PayneÃ¢ÂÂs huge-lunged effort.
In an ulterior world this would be the number one weather song instead of Rhianna. Nicely produced with sunny keyboards and birds tweeting in the background.
The Wombats: Moving To New York
LIPA grad-boys articulate what many have felt like doing at some point in their jaded 20Ã¢ÂÂs. Meanwhile, three-chord power pop hasnÃ¢ÂÂt sounded this good in ages. Fed up with life in the pool they want to bugger off to the city that donÃ¢ÂÂt sleep.
Already on many a radar, The Wombats will be massive this year. Expect The Kooks-sized, Chris Moyles-endorsed success. Who knows if thatÃ¢ÂÂs a good thing…