Krill, Torres, Terror Danjah & Zed Bias: this week’s new tracks rated and slated

In the Guide single reviews, no one is safe, especially those ‘bozos’ Imagine Dragons

PICK OF THE WEEK

Krill
Tiger (Steak Club)

Boston, MA is an exciting place for college rock right now, boasting a loosely assembled scene of oddballs all trying to outdo each other in the “warped guitar noises” stakes. You’ve got Speedy Ortiz (Sylvia Plath meets perky alt-pop); Grass Is Green (Pavement with a head trauma); and Pile (a one-band mission to write the world’s most confrontational ballad). Then there’s this lot, who sound like some circus folk found a Modest Mouse CD in a forest clearing and went, “Yeah, it’s good, but it’s not nearly creepy enough.” Seven minutes of circling, placid guitars punctuated by blankly psychotic vocals and bursts of amp-mangling violence, this tells the sad tale of a unnamed villager who gets mauled to death by a tiger. Which makes it officially the best song about a villager getting mauled to death by a tiger out this week.

Torres
Strange Hellos (Partisan)

Odd one, this. The first 30 seconds are mesmeric, all bruised PJ Harvey vocals and spooky, drip-drip guitars. Then, suddenly, it morphs into a slightly underwhelming slab of chugging, goth-flecked rock. The seductive outer layer gives way to something less tasty, a bit like the chocolate-covered rice cakes they sell in the Guardian canteen. (Well, obviously, they sell chocolate-covered rice cakes in the Guardian canteen. Kale crisps, too.)

Terror Danjah And Zed Bias Feat Olivia Louise
Telepathy (Formula)

The UK garage revival continues. Which must be news to Terror Danjah and Zed Bias, who have been pretty much doing their thing uninterrupted for the past 15 years. You won’t find much that’s groundbreaking in Telepathy, just stark two-step rhythms and chilly vocal stabs. One for afficionados only, you suspect. See you at the 2025 UKG revival, guys.

Imagine Dragons
I Bet My Life (Interscope)

It’s still hard to believe that Kendrick Lamar lowered himself to performing with these bozos at the 2014 Grammys. It feels like one of those stranger-than-fiction historical quirks we’ll look back at in 50 years and go “huh?”, like JFK, Aldous Huxley and CS Lewis all dying within an hour of each other. I Bet My Life is predictably awful, the stale-Bulmers faux-folk of Passenger and the like, only with more annoying production. Oh, Kendrick…

Contributor

Gwilym Mumford

The GuardianTramp

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