After another week of scouring the internet for musical goodness, there’s just never enough time in the day to post everything we’d like to. So we arrive at the Saturday Surf to pick up the pieces and at least give a tiny bit of exposure to a few tracks that we’d like you to put before you, the great jury of the internet, for consideration. It’s as simple as that. There are four diamonds in the rough this week. Here we go.
Dog Is Dead – Hands Down
Released on 31 Oct Nottingham five-piece Dog Is Dead return with this new single Hands Down. It’s an ambitious indie pop song that sprawls itself across the vast themes of love, religion and death – yes, these guys are not singing about being ‘in da club.’ With forthcoming support slots with Bombay Bicycle Club and an album due for release next year, Hands Down gets our thumbs up.
From mini album A Balloon Called Moaning to debut album The Big Roar, The Joy Formidable have assaulted our ear drums in the most electrifying of ways and this newly recorded version of fan favourite Anemone from the forthcoming The Big More EP (see what they’ve done there?) continues the offensive by stealth – politely nuzzling the ears before getting the wrench out and yanking them off, dancing in the jets of blood. Yes, the quiet, quiet, quiet LOUD, quiet, LOUD format still works very well indeed. Even louder than Anemone though is this monumental ten minute live version of Whirring which fully captures the essence and spirit of The Joy Formidable – it's guaranteed to raise a tingle down your spine as the drums and guitars high-kick their way through the door of Mogwai like noise at around three minutes.
Anemone by thejoyformidable
Queen of Hearts - Shoot The Bullet
Away from the maelstrom of noise and melody of indie rocking guitars we turn a page to find the tasty elegance of Queen of Hearts and the lead track from her debut Arrival EP, from which various tracks have been cropping up on-line and on this blog over the year. Produced by Swedish electropop princes The Sound Of Arrows, Shoot The Bullet drips with 80's synth sounds that are as classy as champagne nicely chilled and poured into a perfectly manufactured glass.
Shoot The Bullet (Produced by The Sound of Arrows) by Queen Of Hearts
Icona Pop (featuring The Knocks) – Sun Goes Down
Finally, taken from the Nights Like This EP (out October 10 through Mercury Records) this new Icona Pop single is a fantastic slice of alt. pop – with menacing troll-monster voices, gang harmonies and grinding synth riffs a-go-go. What’s not to like about this?Sun Goes Down feat The Knocks by Icona Pop