The Barometer: Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith; The Pains of Being Pure at Heart; Lord Huron; Smith Westerns; My Chemical Romance; Mr Little Jean; Cerebral Ballzy; The Beatles

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Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith

Not In Love

Driving synths power this reworking of the Platinum Blonde hit. Atmospheric with a nod to Smith's 1980s roots.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Heart in Your Heartbreak

The kind of uncool but joyous sounds rarely heard in cynical post-Strokes rock'n'roll.

Lord Huron

Into The Sun

A wonderfully weird track that is equal parts Fleet Foxes, Moldy Peaches and 1950s Jamaican dancehall.

Smith Westerns


Faux-naive lyrics and ironic 1960s melodies. It may sound grating on paper but SW's charm is undeniable.

My Chemical Romance

Look Alive, Sunshine

This typically theatrical opening track from new album 'Danger Days True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' was premiered in an exclusive webcast this week.

Mr Little Jean

Rescue Song

Warm, poppy Norwegian folk. Kylie is a cited influence but Camera Obscura is the more obvious comparison.

Cerebral Ballzy

Sk8 All Day

Obnoxious anarcho-punk from Brooklyn with a debt to 1980s luminaries Black Flag and Dead Kennedys.

The Beatles

In My Life

Now they're finally available on iTunes, expect the marketing machine that launched 'The Beatles: Rock Band' to kick into overdrive. Still, as phony Beatlemania re-sweeps the land, at least we have the music – including this standout track from 'Rubber Soul'.