1. White Lies – Death
Epic. It’s a word that epitomises White Lies’ work since day one. Death, the first track off their 2009 debut album, is a storming anthem with a build-up capable of sweeping you off your feet. With a penchant for miserable themes, the band deal with the cheery issue of death with the help of some pounding guitars and synth. It’s evident that from their very first steps, White Lies always envisaged the grandiose setting of a packed arena. Play very loudly.
2. Surfer Blood – Swim
If you didn’t know, the sun made a brief appearance this weekend. Many people took advantage of it, donning t-shirts and uploading their beer garden photos to Instagram. This song, however, did the trick for me. Surfer Blood’s feedback-drenched track brings up delightful connotations of a sun-tinged Californian beach and would get anyone excited for a glorious British summer. It might not be the most original of songs, but with a chorus as killer as it gets, just enjoy the surf.
3. Bombay Bicycle Club-Eyes Off You
Having already been one of my favourites from the latest album, So Long See You Tomorrow, the live rendition of this song knocked me for six at their Rock City gig last week. Kicking things off alone with a keyboard, lead singer Jack Steadman carries the song with a haunting falsetto. Dwelling on a lost love interest, the bittersweet track hits a glorious crescendo with all the instruments coming together perfectly. Masterful, both live and on record.