Singles Review: Black Feet Revolution, Fear of Men, A. Mountains, Dead Stars, The Mercy Beat

HOLY FUCKING SHIT! I’m back, ladies and germs and… you know what? Screw that binary gender malarkey. HI READERS. That’s better. Welcome to another edition of our “reviewing releases late again” single reviews column.

This week’s singles come courtesy of a lifelong depression triggered by the ending of Stalker: Clear Sky. That was some Bible-calibre depressing stuff.

Ah, singles, right:

Dead Stars – Someone Else

Shoegaze light. Not mean that as a slight, but while it’s low on reverb, it’s high on post punk rhythm (check out the sweet bass.) Dead Stars has a new album called Slumber (June 17th) and if any indication is to be taken from this track is that it will be a summer-friendly album. So start saving for that road trip.

The Mercy Beat – Sweet

For the chilled out music enthusiasts out there, The Mercy Beat has this pop track that although relaxing, has some darker undertones somewhere, skulking in the darkness. A very warm ending for a lovely track. Go put this on a Friday afternoon playlist, where it belongs just fine.

Black Feet Revolution – Hey watch out!

Some bands feel like having their own anthem and the Black Feet Revolution felt like doing one for themselves. ‘Hey Watch Out!’ has no higher pretensions, just a straight ol’ piece of rock and roll (with some stoner elements – natch!) , with the requisite explosive final ticked up (and then some.) Looking forward to the rest of the stuff.

Fear of men – Luna

It’s a safe bet that the introspective, low sounds of Fear of Men are always an emotional trip and ‘Luna’, the lead single of their debut album Loom (out April 21st on Kanine records) is a joy to listen to. I have a phobia of snakes and bows (long story) and I didn’t avert my eyes even once. Really looking forward to this lovely release, just don’t use snakes as the artwork, please.

A. Mountains – María ¿Cómo crece tu jardín?

Fresh of the oven (I just stole it from my bosses’ inbox), A. Mountains is a band from Mexico that has that experimental sound Maps & Atlases has preached to you phillistines. Maybe you’ll hear it this time, now that it’s in Spanish? Playful and with a big sound, ‘María ¿Cómo crece tu jardín?’ mixes a little bit of folk, a little bit of noise and a lot of well-armed pop. Enjoy it. Now.

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Hey, what’s that you just said? You want something well known to listen to? What’s wrong with new stuff? Gee golly willickers, here’s a classic John Denver song. Via Red House Painters. Thanks to my editor for making it my new earworm. BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Words: Orestes P. Coltrane Xistos.

And that’s that. Thanks for reading us.

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