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The Rest of This Week’s Singles: Empire of the Sun, Savages, Daft Punk and more!

Published on April 25th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams

Might as well give you The Rest of This Week’s Singles, eh?

Be rude not to, like…

Big Deal – “In Your Car”

Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood ‘go electric’ to good effect, albeit without much in the way of originality. It hits some dark, grungey sweet spots, though, and comes packaged with an agreeably daft/sinister video, so we’re inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt. That slurred vocable refrain is a winner and all.

Rocksucker says: Three and a Half Quails out of Five!

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Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”

Nice, sleek groove; nice, understated vocal from yer man Pharrell. Nice, swinging melody.

That’s about it, though: nice. Homework and Discovery feel like a long time ago when listening to this decidedly diminished return, but we’re willing to wait for the context of the album before we condemn it altogether.

Rocksucker says: Two and a Half Quails out of Five!

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Empire of the Sun – “Alive”

The Sleepy Jackson were pretty sweet, but we can’t attest to having heard much of Luke Steele’s newer project thus far. On this evidence, the melodic sensibility remains but now comes couched in fairly unneccessary-sounding electro-pop. Still pretty good, like, but nothing to get overly excited about.

Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!

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Savages – “Shut Up”

Thankfully not a Kelly Osbourne cover, but its spoken word intro delays the release of tension for just a wee bit too long. Decent, driving fare other than that, although they’ve got better in them.

Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!

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Witch Hunt – “Crawl”

Oh, great: over-earnest doom balladry ahoy.

Ooh, hang about: those are some nifty chord progressions.

Yeah, this is some affecting stuff.

Okay, we like this now.

See, as much as we like to think we’ve gotten to that stage where we can know whether or not we’ll like a song by its first fifteen seconds or so, every now and then something like this comes along and makes us feel rather foolish. We can only applaud that.

Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!

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See you next week, everybody!

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Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.