This week's new singles

Spiritualized | Simian Mobile Disco | Eleven Pond | Lana Del Rey | 2:54

Spiritualized
Hey Jane (Domino)

My love of this group has been much too well documented, especially in this publication. I was on the verge of pretending not to notice that this was out this week for fear of coming across like a stalker. But like the Blue Tulip Rose Reed* of J Spaceman (right) that I have become, I will once again profess that I believe this group to be one of the greatest British acts of the last 20-odd years. J's voice has taken on a new grain and the ending section of this sprawling nine-minute krautrock'n'roll song is up there with some of the best things he's ever recorded. *YouTube it.

Simian Mobile Disco
Seraphim (Wichita)

Ecstasy turns me into an embarrassing drooling dog of a human so I've always swerved both the drug and the accompanying dance music scene. I think the modern world would do well to follow my lead because of all the unspeakable crimes that ecstasy culture has committed against art and aesthetics. Thankfully, SMD have impeccable taste, and so does their art/visual partner Kate Moross; she being a Peter Saville to their New Order. With this they've made an installation/song/cool art piece of dance music thingy that sounds and looks ecstatic but doesn't make you want to kill yourself the day after.

Eleven Pond
Watching Trees (Angular)

A 12-inch you can buy now but which will also be Angular's contribution towards Record Shop Day (support it!) on 21 April. Eleven Pond originally released this in 1986 and were part of the Fad Gadget/Vince Clarke era of dark synthy pop that still sounds beautiful/creepy today. It makes me wish that more pop musicians would make dark, unsettling songs, which brings us nicely to …

Lana Del Rey
Blue Jeans (Polydor)

One of my favourite new words is "awk"; an abbreviation of "awkward". And as much I am a fan I can't think of a celebrity that embodies the word awk as much as Lana Del Rey. There's the unsettling look of her face and lips, the way she sings like a nervous old lady from the 30s and, most of all, the "if we cover it in Chris Isaak and 1950s swimming suits, nobody will notice the Morcheeba". SO AWK.

2:54
You're Early (Fiction)

This is great but it gives me the fear. It's unsettling, heavy and very "hormonal female"; like those overcast Sunday afternoons in London when you're hungover looking for somewhere crap to have over-priced brunch served to you by some chippy art student with a bad attitude. It's the mood of those awful bits in the meal when there's a deathly silence over the table and mild recollections of bad things the night before. "Are you OK babes? What's wrong?" "Nothing is wrong! Stop fucking asking me what's wrong!"

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