The Bookhouse Boys Shoot You Down, EP, Black Records, August 10 ****
Like Arcade Fire guzzling a cocktail of absinthe and tequilla, the London band's latest EP is a mash up of haunting blues and epic indie-rock with menacing spaghetti western overtones.
The title track is a dark, whiskey fuelled boy/girl duet that recalls the brief lived dark days of Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue. Other tracks include a disappointingly down-beat re-working of last year's brilliant single I Can't Help Myself which, despite losing its original bite, shows off Paul Van Oestren's snarling vocal.
A bonus for fans, but newcomers should stick to their self-titled album. Catch them live at The Lexington, Islington, on September 1.
Emmy The Great Edward EP (first songs), EP, Close Harbour, August 10 ****
Beofre she recorded her debut album First Love, Emma Lee Moss had been plugging away with another bundle of songs under her belt.
And judging by the audience reaction to the these older tracks at her recent Queen Elizabeth Hall gig, these are even more popular with her loyal band of fans than the ones that made the final cut.
Edward, Bowl Collecting Blood, Two Steps Forward and Canopies are the sound of a young Emmy taking her first folk-tinged steps away from her indie-kid roots but the EP is still packed with the witty put-downs and cutesey references that make her that little bit special.
INME Single Of The Weak, Single, Graphite Records, August 10 ***
INME became teenagers this year, but they're not sulking and lazing around like most 13-year-olds – the first single from their eagerly awaited album is the most grown up and radio-friendly sound to date.
They've shed the emo trappings of their earlier records, incorporating a ska/metal sound alongside multi-layered guitars courtesy of new guitarist Ben Konstantinovic. It's got danceability as well as the snarling punch we've come to expect - a great introduction to the Herald Moth, due for release next month.