Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wintertime pop warmers

As the nights draw in, the songs of summer start to sound ridiculous. Gangnam Style is made for larking about in a paddock, not walking down a grubby alleyway as you're followed by a man who is definitely a murderer. What you need is something spooky and dramatic, a pop soundtrack to the early sunset.

Luckily, we can oblige.

First up is Haim, the sisterly trio from Los Angeles, who have put together a video for their new single Don't Save Me. It features the band shooting hoops (that's playing basketball for those readers not down with the slang) and performing their trademark "we made this up in our bedroom" choreography. Sweeping synths and moody vocals abound. This is what Ladyhawke's second album should have sounded like.

Haim - Don't Save Me

The Good Natured provide a suitable companion track with 5-HT, a claustrophobic doompop scrawl, which equates love to drugs ("you kill the pain, my opiate"). With their science boffin hats on, the band have named the track after 5-Hydroxytryptophan, an amino acid involved in the production of seratonin, which is thought to have an effect on our moods, sexual desire and appetites. As a result 5-HT is often prescribed for the treatment of depression. Cheery, huh?

The song is produced by Richard X and is therefore quite magnificent. It's not out til March 13th, though. March!!

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