It is major congratulations this week to Daughter, who celebrate their first No 1 as ‘How’ deposes The Jezabels and ‘Come Alive’ after an eight week run. ‘How’ is the third Top 10 single from Daughter’s No 1 album ‘Not To Disappear’, with ‘Numbers’ having peaked at No 2 and ‘Doing The Right Thing’ peaking at No 7. There are three major challengers heading towards the top spot though, and two of them might be a bit of a surprise. Firstly Lucy Rose rockets to No 3 with ‘Nebraska’, the third single from her Top 5 album ‘Work It Out’. ‘Nebraska’ was always an excellent song, and I have written in praise of it before but I don’t think I was expecting this kind of blast up the chart after its initial few weeks pootling around rather slowly in the lower reaches of the Top 40. ‘Nebraska’ has in fact leapt from No 23 to No 3 in two weeks, a spectacular climb by any standards. In contrast Hannah Lou Clark’s debut Top 100 hit is doing anything but pootle, as ‘Cowboy Joe’ reaches No 6 on only its fourth week on the chart.
The two songs make a fascinating contrast – ‘Nebraska’ is sweet and gentle, very typical of Rose’s output while ‘Cowboy Joe’ is as sensual and sultry a song as I’ve heard in ages, building around its evocative lyrics to its powerful guitar climax. Rose is great, but Clark could be a major talent about to break: of the two, I’d consider ‘Cowboy Joe’ to be the more likely No 1. Of course, both could be scuppered by Radiohead – ‘Daydreaming’ has jumped to No 7 on its third week on the survey (overtaking ‘Burn The Witch’ which has been on the chart for a week longer). Radiohead’s last No 1 on the singles chart? Would you believe it was ‘Paranoid Android’, nearly 20 years ago? No, I didn’t think you would.
The other major move on the chart this week comes from Little Green Cars, whose ‘Easier Day’ has jumped 45 places from No 71 to No 26, while in the wake of their Wembley show on Sunday (review to come in a day or two) Coldplay have finally broken into the Top 100 with ‘Up & Up’: this song has spent a few weeks doing its own bit of pootling in the Bubbling Under chart. There are other new songs on the Top 100 this week from well known acts including Drake, Laura Doggett, Zedd, Chvrches and Longfellow, but we also have a couple of much newer acts to mention.
Firstly Exeter three piece Black Foxxes have their debut hit with ‘Husk’, entering the chart at No 92. Black Foxxes consist of guitarist and vocalist Mark Holley, bass player Tristan Jane and drummer Ant Thornton, and make sparky, punk infused hard rock, with an ambition to be ‘as loud as possible with no gimmicks’. ‘Husk’ fits the bill very nicely, but for something really special, check out their new single and current Heatseeker ‘I’m Not Well’, a superlative track that ranges across the spectrum from its quiet intro and fade through to its earsplitting mid-song guitar and Holley’s excellent vocal. Their debut album (also titled ‘I’m Not Well’) is due out in August, and thus far it is all very promising. Then we have Yak, also a three piece and also playing punk tinged indie rock. Oliver Burslem, Andy Jones and Elliot Rawson are from Wolverhampton, and their debut album ‘Alas Salvation’ has already appeared last month. The reviews are pretty spectacular actually – no less a reviewer than The Guardian’s Michael Hann described the album as ‘ a force of nature’, and debut Top 100 single ‘Harbour The Feeling’ will give you a very solid primer for this band. There are so many excellent albums from new and established acts coming out at the moment – there need to be more hours in the day for me to get through them all frankly.