John Murray on the return of one of Dundee’s hottest bands
Dundee boys The View return with their best of album called ‘Seven Year Setlist’ (Cooking Vinyl). Formed in 2005 they have had many highlights without losing their identity or accents. ‘Face For The Radio’, ‘Wasted Little DJ’s’, spring to mind but Radio One really loved ‘Same Jeans’ complete with its Ramones-like encore helping it to a Top 3 chart placing. The 21 tracks here though show even more with quirky ‘The Don’, the stripped back vintage sound of ‘Tacky Tattoo’ or the new single ‘Standard’ that could have come from a Mavericks album. They support Stone Roses on Glasgow Green next Saturday and will be back for T in the Park in July. In many ways Gabrielle Aplin represents part of the new breed of artists. No slog round failing bands doing covers in dodgy pubs, no years of unpaid support slots and no reality TV auditions but instead her own record label at 17 releasing three EPs all of which charted on iTunes. Even before signing to a major this young lady had over 29 million views on YouTube and when she did release a single for Parlophone it became a sensation as a Christmas TV ad and jumped to No. 1. This was of course her cover of ‘The Power Of Love’ and this now appears on her debut album ‘English Rain’ (Parlophone). Her voice and writing remain impressively fresh but on ‘Alive’ she goes for big production but maybe the arrangement would work best in simple form. ‘Panic Cord’, the current single and the previous ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’ demonstrate her hypnotic writing best. Add electro disco plus pop to the mix and you get ‘Little Boots’ and the new release ‘Nocturnes (On Repeat)’. With her collaborators these selections are ripe for remix. and even in the original form ‘Shake’ would work in most clubs.