The best of this week’s music: Kloe delivers an anthem for the messy night out

Meanwhile, Andy Black does his best Marilyn Manson impression and Cage The Elephant continue to produce relentless inoffensiveness

TRACK OF THE WEEK

Kloe
Liability

This song is about being that friend in the group who is impossible to have a night out with. The one who sinks seven gin and tonics before 9pm, gets ejected from the club for starting a fight between the three people they snogged, and then throws up on a memorial statue. Prowling pop that feels more at home in your headphones after an argument than on the dancefloor, Liability cuffs Sky Ferreira’s emotional darkness and Halsey’s ownership of her flaws. In other words: it’s an anthem for messy bitches.

Andy Black
Ribcage

For every exciting artist, there are thrice as many who take “inspiration” from them by watering their components down into something much worse. Black Veil Brides were like a metalcore version of the Darkness but without the sense of humour. Now their frontman is embarking on a solo career that channels Gary Numan if he’d grown up listening to My Chemical Romance and Calvin Harris. Which might have been promising if the result hadn’t ended up looking and sounding exactly like Marilyn Manson circa 2006.

Cage The Elephant
Trouble

Cage The Elephant have been around for a decade, releasing albums with the near-clockwork regularity of a healthy bowel and hovering consistently around the top of festival bills. Still, their name is often met with a surprised “They’re still going?”, which is the result of making music so relentlessly inoffensive it’s impossible to do badly. Apart from one guitar line that sounds like it was lifted directly from The Phantom Of The Opera, Trouble is so satisfactory it’s basically Zach Braff in song form.

Kandace Springs
Talk To Me

There are endless obvious comparisons for an artist like Kandace Springs – Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Norah Jones – but none do her justice. Talk To Me may be minimal, but tucked within the spacious piano line and soulful vocal delivery there’s an emotional intelligence that reaches way beyond her 27 years.

Pitbull ft Flo Rida and LunchMoney Lewis 
Greenlight 

Any Pitbull and Flo Rida collaboration is destined to transport you back to 2007, which can either be a good or bad thing, depending where you stand on thinly veiled metaphors for sexual activity, choruses formed entirely of oh-we-ohs, and lyrics about “living it up”. In its defence, Greenlight is Pitbull at his peak (he raps the words “mami” and “thang” five times each in one verse), plus a very Cheryl Lynn bassline. And if that still sounds unappealing, I’m afraid there’s nothing more I can offer you.

Contributor

Emma Garland

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Trim’s RPG: the best of this week’s music
Grime’s finest lyricist teams up with James Blake and it’s all about violence and biscuits

Sam Richards

29, Jul, 2016 @12:00 PM

Article image
Braids’s Companion, the best of this week’s new music
Braids | Taylor Swift | Future ft the Weeknd | Goo Goo Dolls | Blossoms

Luke Holland

20, May, 2016 @12:00 PM

Article image
Beck: the best of this week’s new music
The genre-bending auteur offers up a great bit of sunny nonsense

Joe Bish

10, Jun, 2016 @11:00 AM

Article image
Frank Ocean’s Nikes: the best of this week’s music
The American singer-songwriter drops the most most hyped single of the year, while Craig David cashes in with two new singles

Sam Wolfson

26, Aug, 2016 @11:00 AM

Article image
MIA’s Go Off: the best of this week’s music
The Paper Planes hitmaker is back with a new track that sounds both familiar and completely unexpected

Issy Sampson

02, Sep, 2016 @12:00 PM

Article image
Mabel’s Thinking Of You: the best of this week’s music
The south Londoner delivers the song of the summer, showing off her musical cridentials and the influence of her famous parents

Issy Sampson

05, Aug, 2016 @12:00 PM

Article image
Kate Nash’s Good Summer: the best of this week’s music
The English singer-songwriter is back with her feelgood Casio electropop, while Britney Spears’s Clumsy lives up to its title

Emma Garland

19, Aug, 2016 @12:00 PM

Article image
Inheaven’s Baby’s Alright: the best of this week’s new music
Inheaven | Iggy Azalea | Rod Stewart | Fort Hope | Michael Calfan

Joe Bish

22, Apr, 2016 @12:00 PM

Article image
Cadenza’s No Drama: the best of this week’s new music
The London producer does dad David Rodigan proud with bass-heavy minimalism

Issy Sampson

24, Jun, 2016 @11:59 AM

Article image
Crybaby by Abra: the best of this week’s new music
The New Yorker (via Tooting) wins this week’s crown by short neck from Russia’s Angelic Milk

Joe Bish

15, Jul, 2016 @1:00 PM