Five Songs To Hear This Week – Cold War Kids, Pale Honey, Raketkanon, Serpent Power, Lola Colt

Five Songs To Hear This Week – Cold War Kids, Pale Honey, Raketkanon, Serpent Power, Lola Colt

Sorting through the week's new singles and songs that have surfaced online over the last seven days, Jamie Skey (@jamie_skey) presents five songs you need to hear this week...


Taken from their long-awaited fifth studio LP, Hold My Home, Cold War Kids' new single Hot Coals starts off all insistently keening octave chords, like a medicated adaptation of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Pin, before stomping its way through stadium barriers everywhere with soaring orchestrations and heart-pounding melodies.

Despite the wild-eyed tension in the riffs of Youth, Swedish art-rock duo Pale Honey remain coolly poised throughout the three-minutes of their latest single, in which fans of PJ Harvey and Sleater-Kinney will find a lot to love.

Due to their famously bludgeoning live shows, Belgian sound bulldozers Raketkanon got snapped up by Blood Red Shoes' seven-inch label while earning the respect of DIY production renegade Steve Albini, who steered this queasy, riff-rock behemoth. Florid is completely unrepentant in it apparent aim of attempting to melt the face of anyone who dares listen.

Listening to the darkly psychedelic Lucifer's Dreambox, the new single from Serpent Power, a freakishly fertile collaboration between The Coral's Ian Skelly and The Zutons' Paul Molloy, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd been swept up in the warped pages of some comic-horror graphic novel, whose frames are populated by phantom bogeymen, sirens and voodoo witch doctors.

The gunslinging psychedelic rock of London's Lola Colt seems to be imprinted with all the savage raunch of a Robert Rodriguez film. In turns lurid and cinematic, the band's latest cut, Heartbreaker, is a swaggering concoction of spaghetti western riffs and dark menace that places them at the vanguard of noir-streaked British rock n roll.