The best (and worst) new singles this week: Peter Bibby, Kurt Vile, and more

New tracks from Peter Bibby, Kurt Vile, and more

Single of the week:

Peter Bibby : Work For Arseholes

Peter Bibby reckons he’ll never work for arseholes. Slinging mud at bosses and company CEOs isn’t especially radical, and if this song stayed at the level of adolescent protest it’d be an amusing if forgettable bit of folk rock. But Bibby’s a cannier songwriter than that and what unravels is a mini-epic that quickly inverts the initial complaint to focus on his own shortcomings. The psychological shifts are matched by a series of key changes that move us from straight-up folksy territory to something approaching sardonic singer-songwriters Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson.

Kurt Vile : Loading Zones

Kurt Vile resembles the likes of Springsteen, Dylan, and Dinosaur Jr. in that, through all of his modulations, he sounds unapologetically and inimitably like himself. This particularly applies to his comeback singles: they’re invariably upbeat, teem with good vibes and boast an orchestrated jangle of acoustic and electric guitars. These reintroductions also tend to emphasise Vile’s status as a philosophical clown. ‘Loading Zones’ firmly delivers on this front, nominating a vigilant evasion of parking fees as the backbone of an overall outlook on life.

Ohmme : Peach

Chicago two-piece Ohmme deal in noisy-yet-polished indie rock. Handled with less precision, ‘Peach’ could’ve turned into a mess of distorted bass and crackling guitars, but Ohmme shrewdly merge structural and instrumental spontaneity with pop song smarts. The result is a bewitching and very danceable song that flits from a gargle of noise one moment to a scene of luscious harmony the next.

Troye Sivan : Animal 

We’ve now received half an album’s worth of singles from Troye Sivan’s sophomore LP, Bloom. The latest, ‘Animal’, is another explicit statement of love and affection – or as the lyrics explain, it’s an “ode to the boy I love.” Centred on a half-time beat and gradual dynamic climb, it’s fated to set arenas alight. It mightn’t be Sivan’s most immediate work, but it’s an auspicious sign of the upcoming album’s range.