This week’s singles club has been lovingly compiled by Jamie Smith. If you fancy listening to the songs below (minus Copy Haho’s), you can find them on our Spotify playlist.


Tigers That Talked: Artificial Clouds (Bad Sneakers)

This is just lovely. It’s got strings. It’s got angular guitars. It’s got pillow-soft vocals. Their debut record won’t be out until next year, but if they can hit these heights regularly, it promises to be outstanding. There are hints of Bloc Party and the Futureheads in the sharp guitars, there’s lots of folk in the violins, and Jamie Williams’ voice is the best I’ve heard in a new indie band this year. It’s basically Grammatics but brilliant. Sumptuous.

Alphabeat: The Spell (Polydor)

I liked Fascination. I thought it was a breath of fresh air into a stale pop scene, its sheer happiness making it nearly impossible to grin along to. But they’ve lost everything that made them interesting. The Spell could be absolutely anyone from the world of Yank pop-cum-r ‘n’ b. Disappointing.

The Chapman Family: Virgins (Electric Toaster)

The perfect pop song should be three minutes long. Exactly. But the Chapman Family don’t play by the rules. Oh no. Virgins is one second longer than the optimum length. That’s the kind of band they are, and if you don’t like it, they’ll probably eat you or something. It’s another vast leap forward for Stockton’s finest, with the kind of noise-pop genius Maximo Park have always been capable of but have for some reason shunned. If they survive their epic tour (link) they’ll definitely be worth keeping an eye on.

Copy Haho: Wrong Direction (Too Pure)

Ramshackle guitar group Copy Haho are probably the best band ever to come from Stonehaven, near Aberdeen. Wrong Direction is a pretty good slice of unoriginal pop joy but it’s not immediate enough to make an impact on the mainstream. Tours with Good Shoes and Los Campesinos! in the next few weeks will get them known to indie-poppers across the country though, and I’ll be interested to see their next move.

Local Natives: Camera Talk (Infectious Music)

This is pretty similar to the Copy Haho track, but with higher, harmonised vocals, beatier drums (yes, that is a technical term) but the little bit of strings over some bits, heighten it past Copy Haho’s averageness. They’re American and often compared to Fleet Foxes, which is normally enough to send me to sleep, but I don’t really see the similarity. Camera Talk is infused with the kind of enthusiasm that would have a Fleet Fox tutting and picking bits of cous cous out of their beard. Arcade Fire is a better starting point, although they have a long way to go before creating anything good enough to deserve that comparison.

To watch the videos for the above tracks, view the original article on TMM.