Acclaimed indie act Bombay Bicycle Club popped into the BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge to record this sensational cover of Lana Del Rey’s hit ‘Video Games’. Minimalist instrumentation allows the vocals of Jack Steadman and singer-songwriter Lucy Rose to take centre stage, creating one of the most fragile and tender duets out there.
Randall Shreve & The Sideshow may hail from Arkansas, but their sound is akin to something one would find at the Moulin Rouge. Taken from their soon-to-be-released record ‘Jester’, ‘Welcome To The Show’ has arch lyrics and dramatic instrumentation that make this a delicious slice of vaudevillian rock. A must-listen for those who like their bands more than a little theatrical, ‘Jester’ is out on October 18.
Sheffield rockers 65Daysofstatic have heralded their much-anticipated return with ‘Come To Me’, a visceral eight minutes of passionate rock, unexpectedly fused with electro. Featuring the iconic Robert Smith on vocals, this is the kind of majestic ear-worm that will have die-hard fans and newbies alike queuing for the release of the band’s fourth record, ‘We Were Exploding Anyway’.
Ben Cooper (of indie act Electric President), has released his sophomore album under the name Radical Face. Part one of a trilogy focusing on a family, ‘The Family Tree: The Roots’ obvious highlight is ‘A Pound of Flesh’. A bewitching folk-influenced track, this shows off Cooper’s considerable to great effect, and will no doubt turn many people on to Radical Face’s work.
Brooklynites High Highs have garnered a lot of comparisons to Radiohead with their new track ‘Ivy’. With such a big name linked to it, one would almost expect to be disappointed by ‘Ivy’, but instead it hits the spot. Delicate vocals and artful instrumentals mark High Highs out as a band to be reckoned with, and will have the internet buzzing with excitement over their forthcoming EP, out November 22.
Young Berkeley upstarts Local Hero recently dropped their debut EP, ‘The Aldgate’, to great acclaim from the press. At just 19 minutes long, the EP showcases the band’s knack for creating pop hooks like Girls and Vampire Weekend while maintaining a slacker sensibility with their lo-fi sound. ‘Press Box’ is our highlight, and it shows Local Hero at their ragged best.
Unseasonal though it may be, it would take a real Grinch not to fall in love with She & Him’s version of ‘A Christmas Waltz’. Featuring nothing more than an acoustic guitar and Zooey Deschanel’s sweet yet wistful vocals, this cut from She & Him’s forthcoming ‘A Very She & Him Christmas’ is sure to be a favourite this holiday season.