The Barometer: Frankie & the Heartstrings; Wolf Gang; Joan As Police Woman; Luna Belle; Libraries; Sea of Bees; Cults; Radiohead

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Frankie & the Heartstrings


The title track from their forthcoming debut album has all the makings of a summer anthem: upbeat with a fantastic sing-along chorus.

Wolf Gang

Lions in Cages

Another band making liberal use of synths, though Wolf Gang do it with panache. "Lions in Cages" has more hooks than a hat stand.

Joan As Police Woman

The Magic

The unmissable latest single from Joan Wasser's new album, 'The Deep Field', which she is currently touring.

Luna Belle

Acid Book

Twinkly guitars and melancholy choruses reminiscent of long-forgotten 1990s hitmakers Sixpence None the Richer.



Hi-fi, intelligent dance. Mixing synths with hip-hop beats and samples, the result is quirky and uncluttered.

Sea of Bees


Ethereal vocals, light strumming and melancholic strings reel you into the dreamy country-rock world of newcomer Julie Baenziger.


Go Outside

The New York boy/girl duo's debut single's bouncy glockenspiel and 1960s-inspired girl pop melodies is euphoric.



Radiohead's eighth album is released digitally tomorrow and to celebrate we're working our way through their extensive back catalogue. Let's hope the new songs match the quality of this stand-out track from the band's seminal 2000 album 'Kid A'.