The Barometer: Art Brut; Lab Coast; Ponytail; 2.54; William Fitzsimmons, featuring Julia Stone; Toploader; Willow Smith; The Weekend; Gang Gang Dance

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Art Brut

Unprofessional Wrestling

Spiky guitars and Eddie Argos's spoken vocals power this track. Omitted from new album, 'Brilliant!', but currently available via Pledge Music.

Lab Coast

Really Realize

Their name may be reminiscent of Best Coast, but Lab Coast's take on tuneful garage rock is distinct. If you like The Byrds, you'll love this.

Ponytail

Easy Peasy

After an extended synth intro, this track takes an unexpected direction: part Irish jig, part nonsense-punk.

2.54

On a Wire

Yet another grungy two-piece, this time from London. Fresh from supporting Warpaint, 2.54 certainly demands attention.

William Fitzsimmons, featuring Julia Stone

Let You Break

Fitzsimmons shifts gear from acoustic hipster folk to warm electronica. Julia Stone duets.

Toploader

Never Stop Wondering

This first single in eight years features an impressively crooned vocal, but lacks real substance. Still, better than "Dancing in the Moonlight".

Willow Smith

21st Century Girl

Our fave pre-teenybopper returns with a hook-heavy follow up to "Whip My Hair".

The Weekend

What You Need

Suggestive lyrics sit over melancholy chords to create a strangely detached, yet highly sexualised song.

Gang Gang Dance

Glass Jar

Eleven minutes of euphoric synths that segue into house.

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