What’s In The Singles Box? (October 2016)


Rather improbably there’s a few singles either just out or about to be released that are worthy of your attention.

So let’s start with the two that are out there already.

First up are Those Unfortunates, not quite the latest signings to Edinburgh’s Stereogram label, and their second single for the label ‘The Servant’.

‘The Servant’ takes Stereogram firmly back to melodic post punk territory and it’s probably the song that’s the closest in spirit to the label’s godfathers, the Cathode Ray. It’s a song that boasts the melodic sensibility of mid period Wire married to a naggingly catchy chorus. Highly recommended.

Next comes the first release from Gargleblast Records in some time. It’s ‘Hold On Sea’ – a single from Michael Timmons and shows up the benefits of doing something like this blog because it’s something that wouldn’t otherwise have come to my attention. Here’s the video:

It’s a far more gentle tune than the rest of the songs on here but no less interesting for that. Very nice.

The Filthy Tongues promote the release of their excellent ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ LP with the release of a Miaoux Miaoux remix of the title track.

I confess that the marriage between one of Edinburgh’s darker bands and Julian Corrie’s pop sensibility seemed like an unlikely match but it works far better than anyone might have dared hope. And that’s from someone who’s not usually that fond of remixes.

The single came out on Blokshok on Wednesday and precedes a date with Pete Wylie and Wah! at the Westgarth in Middlesborough on 17th November and a hometown show at the Liquid Room in Edinburgh on 3rd December. (Tickets here)

Turning the amps back up to 11 is the debut download single from STOOR – ‘Witchfinder General’ – out today on Stereogram (again). If you’ve not heard it, here it is:

Taken from the critically acclaimed self-titled debut album it’s one of the band’s more accessible songs and the first fruits of the hook-up with Stereogram, preceding the re-release of the album on CD and download. The album follows next week (Friday 28th October) and it’s already attracting a new round of praise.

STOOR are also supporting Brix & the Extricated for the Cool Cat Club on Sunday 30th October where they’ll be joined by labelmates the Cathode Ray. Expect more on this show in the next week. Lots more.

Finally for now (and it’s the only one of these singles to get a release on actual 7” vinyl) is the new Lazy Day single on Lost Map.

Lazy Day first came to my attention on their split single with Tuff Love and new single ‘Disappear’ is every bit as good as ‘Portrait’ from the split single.Grunge dream-pop anyone?

The single’s out on 4th November and you can pre-order it here at a discounted price.