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Cage The Elephant – Cigarette Daydreams (2014)

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Released as the fourth single from Cage The Elephant’s third studio album Melophobia, ‘Cigarette Daydreams’ closes out the record. Matt Shultz sings “You sigh, look away/I can see it clear as day/Close your eyes, so afraid/Hide behind that baby face” against a backdrop of piano, strings and acoustic guitar. Well, what can so say to top that? Have a great week.

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Hauschka – Craco (2014)

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The Lucani ghost town of Craco provides a fitting title for track 7 on Volker Bertelmann’s (aka Hauschka) 2014 album Abandoned City. It’s classical acoustic piano with a touch of post rock about it.

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Spoon – Inside Out (2014)

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Another corking single off Spoon’s 2014 album They Want My Soul, ‘Inside Out’ reminds me of a confident Roxy Music. “I don’t got time for holy rollers/Though they may wash my feet/And I won’t be their soldier”, laments lead singer Britt Daniel.

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GoGo Penguin – Hopopono (2014)

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Hailing from Manchester, Chris Illingworth, Nick Blacka and Rob Turner are GoGo Penguin. They create an ambient sound that is full of infectious piano melodies and rhythmic break beats. ‘Hopopono’ is the last track on their critically-acclaimed sophomore album, v2.0. Have a great weekend.

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Final Fantasy – This Is The Dream Of Win & Regine (2005)

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Andrew Bird isn’t the only kid on the block to experiment with indie pop and his own string arrangements. Owen Pallett (aka Final Fantasy) is also virtuoso violinist, plus a renowned contributor of arrangements for the likes of The National, Arcade Fire, Beirut and Grizzly Bear. ‘This Is The Dream Of Win & Regine’ featured on Final Fantasy’s debut studio album Has A Good Home. Have a great week.

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Happyness – Montreal Rock Band Somewhere (2014)

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“I’m wearing Win Butler’s hair/There’s a scalpless singer in a Montreal rock band somewhere.” Happyness may be a band from South London, but they are a band for fans of Wilco, Broken Social Scene and Yo La Tengo. Their self-produced debut album Weird Little Sister was released in 2014 and features the track ‘Montreal Rock Band Somewhere’ – and that lyric, which deserves to be immortal.

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Metronomy – The Upsetter (2014)

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Metronomy released their fourth album Love Letters in 2014. Its opener ‘The Upsetter’ was accompanied with a rather distracting conceptual video about a bearded woman who builds herself a fern-adorned woodland romance. But listen to Joseph Mount’s guitar work and vocals layered over electronica. How can you not fall in love?

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Silk Rhodes – Pains (2014)

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Silk Rhodes is is the soulful combination of producer Michael Collins and vocalist Sasha Desree. There’s more than a flavour of Sly and The Family Stone, Prince and D’Angelo at their most minimal, which makes the Baltimore band’s sound vs. face value even more unexpected. Le nouveau Hall & Oates, peut-être?

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DMA’S – Feels Like 37 (2014)

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Last night, I watched these guys in a sleepy corner of Surrey. They made a stadium sound within a pub. My ears are still ringing to the shrill of ‘Feels Like 37’. The Oasis-like melodies may be familiar, but the musicianship is hard to overlook. Vocalist Tommy O’Dell was comfortably centre stage with guitarist/producer Johnny Took to hand and Matt Mason on fireworks guitar and backing vocals.

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The Delines – Colfax Avenue (2014)

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In 2014, The Delines created a sound that was undoubtedly the work of Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin. But this time, his songwriting prowess was complemented by the vocals of The Damnations’ Amy Boone. Soulful americana followed.

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Chet Faker – Gold (2014)

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Nick Murphy is better known by his stage name Chet Faker, which is a strange choice of moniker. I am not sure what the point is that he’s trying to make, but his music is evidently derivative. But that’s no bad thing if you are able to blend skillfully your mother’s affinity for Motown and your father’s for chill-out electronica. ‘Gold’ features on Faker’s debut LP, Built on Glass. Have a great week.

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Atmosphere – Flicker (2014)

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Sean Michael Daley and Anthony Davis are better known by their endearing stage names Slug and Ant, respectively. Together, they’re the hip hop duo Atmosphere – a more emotionally sophisticated outfit than their names would suggest. The album Southsiders was released in May 2014 and featured the track ‘Flicker’ – a testimony to the suicide of Slug’s friend Eyedea, four years previously. Have a great weekend.

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School of Language – Dress Up (2014)

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Field Music’s David Brewis has the solo side project School Of Language. His sophomore long player Old Fears features ‘Dress Up’, a blue-eyed splash of electro-funk. Dare I say it, there are touches of 1980s Genesis in there too. And don’t get me started on the Peter Gabriel video.

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iLoveMakonnen feat. Drake – Tuesday (2014)

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Tuesday, gettit… iLoveMakonnen’s ubiquitous breakthrough celebrates the toughest day in the week. I get the feeling that Mr Sheran has got a sense of humour. Like Kanye and Chance before him, that’s not a bad trait for the world of hip hop/R&B.

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James Bay – Let It Go (Bearson Remix) (2014)

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Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ is the offspring of tropical house. Whereas, Norway’s Jakob Bjørn-Hansen strikes me as user rather than a product as one of the better proponents of the sub-genre. Performing under the artist name of Bearson, the 19-year-old turned his focus to James Bay’s ‘Let It Go’ in 2014. Like most tropical house remixes, a drifting bassline, a light synth and some sort of airy sounding instrumentation. Apologies to the Bay purists.

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