The Barometer: Vivian Girls; Serge Gainsbourg; Pete Lawrie; Tom Jones; Savoir Adore; Interpol; Belle & Sebastian

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Vivian Girls

He's Gone

The three-piece turn this 1957 Chantels hit into a laid-back, fuzzy celebration of lost love. Recorded with the drummer Ali Koehler, who this week quit to join Best Coast.

Serge Gainsbourg

Harley David Son of a Bitch

With a biopic out new week, we've been revisiting the Frenchman's immense back catalogue. This 1980s synth stomper is not his best track, but surely his finest song title.

Pete Lawrie

All That We Keep

The tuneful title track from this gravelly singer-songwriter's latest EP.

Tom Jones

Burning Hell

John Lee Hooker's classic shows off Jones's voice at its most impressively powerful.

Savoir Adore

We Talk Like Machines

Even in a scene as vibrant as Brooklyn's, Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro bring something new to the table with their lush, leftfield pop.



With their first single since the bassist Carlos Dengler left, they show they have retained their distinctive angular guitar-fuelled sound.

Belle & Sebastian

I Didn't See It Coming

A hit at Latitude, the Scots aired this new twee melody with girl/boy vocals and the sweetest guitar motif.

Steve Reich

Double Sextet

The minimalist master is exhilarating and menacing on this 2009 Pulitzer-prize winning composition. Now it gets a release alongside his recent rock leaning piece '2x5'.

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