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This week, Joe gains his independence.As one quarter of evergreen pop-punk combo Ash, she’s become indie music’s premiere female sex symbol (although the competition is, admittedly, somewhat limited). But Charlotte Hatherley is fast building a rep for herself in the tricky arena of solo artistry as well. If you’ve not yet checked out the rocket-powered bubblegum boogie of her debut album, Grey Will Fade, then you should do so at your earliest convenience. Till then, bask in the fiery glory of her hell-hath-no-fury new single, Bastardo (Double Dragon) (d’you kiss your mother with that mouth young lady?). Multi-format collector nerds rejoice: it’s being simultaneously released on seven-inch, CD and DVD.
If you’re the kind of finger-snapping hepcat who likes to discover things a couple of months before the rest of the world, just so you can look cool in the pub (and, let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy that?), then snap up a copy of Oxygen (Virgin) from young-of-body-but-elderly-of-voice songsmith Willy Mason. By the end of the year, every Herbert and his dog will be diggin’ the Mason, so plant your hipster flag in the man now, before it’s too late.
If you’re a-hankering after something a touch grittier then wrap your listening gear around the raucous big-balled roll of Death From Above 1979’s Blood On Our Hands (679). And if inflicting that aural assault upon yourself leaves you feeling a touch tremblesome and fraught, soothe your battered ears with the deloverly Sunny Road (Rough Trade) from half-Icelandic/half-Italian chanteuse Emiliana Torrini – who the incredibly knowledgeable amongst you will recall as being the co-writer of Kylie Minogue’s Slow.
The none-more-indie Biffy Clyro roll melodically back into view this week with the pleasantly scuffed guitar pop of Only One Word Comes To Mind (Beggars Banquet). And if that doesn’t fill your weekly wistful quota then try the summery acoustic strummery of Love Is An Arrow (Rough Trade) from Edinburgh five-piece Aberfeldy. Very nice.
It’s a pretty indie-fied set of releases this week, so let’s keep that theme a-rolling with this week’s download tip… Head over to Bloc Party’s website and you can nab yerself three free downloads: The Answer, Tulips and a remix of Banquet. Very good of ‘em.
All singles are released on 14 February 05.
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