This week's Spotifriday playlist, featuring works from the likes of PJ Harvey, Roll The Dice, Vivian Girls, Connan Mockasin, Deerhunter...and then some! Click here to listen to it.
1. PJ Harvey - 'The Last Living Rose'
God damn Europeans indeed Miss Harvey. Especially with that awful bloody exchange rate and their horrible Monopoly-style coins. Just kidding. We don't want to go on and on forever about how good Let England Shake actually is, but we're going to do it for at least a little while more, just to get the message across. She performed on Conan O'Brien (ooh-er) this week. This track. Watch it here.
2. Deerhunter - 'Memory Boy'
Ahem. Normally when I place a track or two from the weekly singles column I get lazy and just copy and paste whatever delightful prose Wendy has written about a track. Not this time, as she's switched things up a bit this week. You're just going to have to read things for yourself. The story surrounding this Deerhunter track is one of my favourites, though.
3. Vivian Girls - 'Trying To Pretend'
The second best thing about Vivian Girls is that you know what you're going to get. The first best thing about Vivian Girls is that what you do get is normally pretty, pretty good. Is their new record, Share The Joy, any different? No, according to April Welsh, who reviewed it here scoring it 8/10.
4. Kate Nash - 'Pumpkin Soup'
One of my favourite things about Kate Nash is her eyebrows. Another great thing is that the lyrics to this particular song, to my ears at least, sound very much like "I just want your kids, boy". What's the word they use to describe someone like that? Oh, yeah. Right. Emma Lee Moss interviewed Miss Nash a little while ago, something you can read here.
5. Panda Bear - 'Tomboy'
We actually had a whole ton of interviews and features this week. Almost drowning in words. Words which...I am fast running out of, to describe anything. I've lost adjectivity. Panda Bear was another one we interviewed. Yeah, him from Animal Collection. If you want to read his thoughts on a of variety things, as offered to Rory Gibb, then point your mouseclicker this way.
6. Funeral For A Friend - 'This Side Of Brightness'
This is a short song. So let's keep this nice and short also. FFAF photos here.
7. Connan Mockasin - 'Forever Dolphin Love'
I was certain Wendy had already made Connan Mockasin's 10-minute "epic" 'Forever Dolphin Love' Single of the Week. But apparently not. This is just on another level. Words cannot do it justice, although Wendy did try her hardest, to be fair. Absolutely brilliantly mentile is this lad, Mockasin.
8. Metronomy - 'The Look'
Metronomy released a new record on Monday, entitled The English Riviera and we thought it was absolutely bloody fantastic. Or Chris Trout did, we don't "focus group" our album reviews at Drowned in Sound. This is a track from it, and possibly a single, although I can't be sure. Either way, it's cracking.
9. Low - 'Condescend'
Hopefully you will have noticed by the big bar at the top right of our homepage that Low induced a takeover of Drowned in Sound this week. Or rather, we granted them permission to do so - a bloodless, limited coup. Read all about it here. It includes a special Alan Sparhawk session. Special and exclusive.
10. Roll The Dice - 'Undertow'
When we ran the new Roll The Dice video, I speculated on the number of songs which include that word in their title. Some about surfing, no doubt. Historians have now found the answer to number in the tens of millions. Fancy that! Watch the video here, by the way. It is advisable not to, though, if you don't like watching men in pants.