Songs of the week: Major Lazer, Father John Misty, Walking on Cars and The Chainsmokers
Cold Water finds the Biebs boldly promising to be his beloved’s rock of support, stability and common sense in a world gone mad
Electronic music artist Walshy Fire of Major Lazer performs during the Hard Summer Music Festival 2016 in Fontana, California. Photogreaph: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images
Major Lazer - Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ)
After 15 weeks at number one, Drake’s One Dance single had just equalled Wet Wet Wet’s Love is All Around, and was on the brink of overhauling Bryan Adam’s Everything I Do (I Do It For You) as the longest-standing UK number one single of all time, when it was knocked off its perch by this bite-sized serving of pop piffle. Written by Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco, with vocals by Justin Bieber, Cold Water finds the Biebs boldly promising to be his beloved’s rock of support, stability and common sense in a world gone mad. Let us know how that works out, Justin.
Father John Misty - Real Love Baby
He may have made headlines for his outbursts onstage at various festivals this year, but this standalone new single from Josh Tillman’s clerical alter ego is as breezy as a summer wind and as welcome as the flowers of May.
Walking on Cars - Ship Goes Down
First their debut album Everything This Way topped the Irish charts in February. Now Kerry natives Walking On Cars have just sold out a headline show at the 3Arena in Dublin. All of which is highly commendable. Yet, being honest, you’d have to admit the band’s fourth single is a walking horror show of clichéd lyrics, overwrought vocals and generic daytime radio playlist- oriented production values. There is still some modest room for improvement, in other words.
The Chainsmokers ft. Hawsley - Closer
The love interest in The Chainsmokers’ new track “moved to the city in a broke down car . . . ” Which accomplishment was impressive enough, I’d have thought. But then she only goes and turns up four years later looking pretty in a hotel bar. Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall’s latest smash hit single is about getting back with one’s ex- against one’s better judgment. (Well, is there any other way?)