Andy Capper's new singles review: June 14

Edwyn Collins, Home Again | Electrictity In Our Homes, We Thought it Was, But it Wasn't | Blood Red Shoes, This Is Not For You | Ava Leigh, Mad About The Boy | The Subways, Alright | Newton Faulkner, Gone In The Morning
Pick of the week: Edwyn Collins, Home Again (Heavenly)
Single of the week by so many light years it's making my record player feel a spaceship, this is a beautiful, stripped-down ballad that makes me choke back tears every time the choir's soft "ooohs" come in. Much like the other only great British album this year (Spiritualized's Songs In A&E), its main themes are resurrection/coming home from hospital and carrying on with life after almost dying. The otherworldly beeps, chimes and funereal keyboards are on here, too, framing Edwyn's broken croon with what sounds like angels in waiting. It's an incredibly moving experience and if you have a heart and a soul you will appreciate it.

Electrictity In Our Homes, We Thought it Was, But it Wasn't (Too Pure)
These scamps are at the epicentre of the new wave of Shoreditch groups with haircuts like Blackadder Series One, drainpipe jeans that are too tight for anybody with flesh on their legs and second-hand winklepickers. It's what "indie" used to sound like before the term "indie" stopped meaning "independent of spirit and thought" and got slapped on "generic, boring guitar music for students". Buy this and rediscover how fun it can be to be weird.

Blood Red Shoes, This Is Not For You (Mercury)
Some people are into those bands who look like students constantly about to get their periods. Blood Red Shoes do it better than most. They inhabit that world of feature in Plan B, front cover of Artrocker and five features in the NME before they realise that touring is a pain, they'll never make any money and quit the band to get proper jobs.

Ava Leigh, Mad About The Boy (Virgin)
Here we have a girl who looks like an airbrushed FHM model girl, or something that Christiano Ronaldo would pay to double-team him and his cousin in a pricey London hotel room while members of the Manchester Utd reserves pleasured themselves with vibrating mobile phones. She sings like a less proficient Christina Aguilera over a white reggae track that UB40 would reject for being too middle of the road.

The Subways, Alright (Warner)
Blustery indie rock for virgins that makes Ash seem like Whitehouse. Apparently their new album was inspired by the break-up of the dweeb on vocals with the weird Top Shop-chic bassist who looks like her mum used to present Blue Peter. The video has them prancing around in what looks like Phoenix, Arizona while looking all stressed and edgy. It's like a tribute to a pastiche of a cliche of a memorial to a kind of rock'n'roll that should never have existed.

Newton Faulkner, Gone In The Morning (Ugly Truth)
A ginger white man with dreadlocks? Didn't the EU make that illegal about six years ago? Eww, look how long and thick his dreads are. When he's naked do they whisper and slither around his bottom? This is insipid, trite pseudo-hippies singing boring, tuneless, schmaltzy crap for idiots. All the rage in the "total wanker" scene.


Andy Capper

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