Jukebox The Ghost - 'Good Day' (01/03)
It's really hard to not to mention the words "Ben" and "Folds" here. But that's not exactly a bad thing. This is joyously effervescent piano-pop. Makes me want to get up and go and bash on a piano somewhere. Fabulous, darling. Single of the month.
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - 'Get Better' (01/03)
Scroobius Pip's impassioned plea to the youth of today to "get better". Read what else I said about the single and have a listen to some of their other new stuff over here.
The Drums - 'Best Friend' (29/03)
I think the backlash might have been and gone but I'm still enjoying The Drums. Breezy summery pop mixed with confusingly depressing lyrics - "you're my best friend, and then you died". I prefer this overly energetic live version though.
Plenty more singles after the jump.
Jamie T - 'Emily's Heart' (15/03)
A million miles away from the caustic anthem 'Sticks 'N' Stones', instead we get to hear an emotionally strained Jamie T (even more so than on the album version) in 'Emily's Heart'. Both tender and depressing.
Jonsi - 'Go Do' EP (22/03)
[Stream the EP]
Everything Jonsi does is magic. Just magic. Also, check out his MGMT cover and I imagine I'll review the new album 'Go' seeing as it's streaming on NPR. I'm expecting it to be magical...
Operator Please - 'Logic' (08/03)
I am enjoying how foxy front...person(?) Amandah is looking in that video. Read what I had to say about the single and the band's "new look" here.
Lawrence Arabia - 'Apple Pie Bed' (29/03)
Cutesy, retro pop from gruff looking New Zealander. Gruff-sy?
Wild Beasts - 'We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues' (22/03)
As ever, Wild Beasts produce something that can, at the very least, be described as "interesting". This is more "ghoulish" really. Could do with truncated song titles though.
Delphic - 'Halcyon' (15/03)
Sounding disturbingly like Bloc Party meets Tiesto, yet still working out.
Laura Marling - 'Devil's Spoke' (15/03)
Devilish indeed. Laura Marling all grown up. Still a bit scary though. Read Kieran's album review here.
Django Django - 'Wor' (29/03)
The alarm bells are ringing. A warning. More twisted rambunction to come in the future, I'm sure. I'm also a fan of having a silhoutted stealth bomber on the artwork. Not because I like innocent people being bombed or anything, it just looks quite good.
First Aid Kit - 'I Met Up With A King' (08/03)
Speaking of scary, I am ever so slightly terrified of these Scandanavian sisters. Their Fleet Foxes-esque folk is somewhat of a reassurance though.
The Middle East - 'The Recordings Of The Middle East' EP (15/03)
[Stream the EP]
Continuing with the folk vibe but with a twist that I can't quite put my finger on. Chess Club (Mumford & Sons, White Lies) put out this EP so it will be interesting to see where The Middle East go from here. The big time awaits?
Any favourites? Anything that I missed?