45s of the week: Paramore, Pixey, Dolores Forever and more!

The tracks you need to hear this week, reviewed by Jenessa Williams


Paramore – ‘Burning Down The House’

Parastans fear not; the band aren’t breaking up just yet! Shoulder-barging their way through the rumours of their hiatus, Paramore are back with a spiky, acerbic take on Talking Heads’ ‘Burning Down The House’, the lead track from the ‘Stop Making Sense’ tribute album.

As expected, it’s a total doozy; come for Hayley Williams’s gymnastic vocal, but stay for those wild guitar wobbles from Taylor Yorke, firmly in line with the new wave experimentalism of the group’s own ‘After Laughter’ era. This, it appears, is exactly why you should leave the house.

PIXEY – The Thrill Of It

Here to fill the Carly Rae-shaped hole in your heart, PIXEY returns for her first ever-self produced single, reconciling with the past experiences of a life-threatening illness by embracing the hedonism of a big, sonic night out. With twinkling mellotron harp and delayed vocal, the overall effect is one of wistful daydreaming and gratitude, an invitation to forget your troubles and step outdoors while you can.


Lana Lubany – ‘Make It Better’

About to head out on an EU tour with The Last Dinner Party, Lana Lubany’s comeback single feels suitably dramatic, vocals echoing across the floorboards as she describes her feeling of placelessness. But instead of draping her work in costume, there is a startlingly direct nature to her lyricism, her pain quite tangible in how plainly she states it: ‘So much more than I’m perceived…I’m hurting.’ With a voice this powerful, there is no knowing who she might help to heal.

Dolores Forever – ‘Someday Best’

Haven’t we all been guilty of storing up our favourite clothes, homewares and even emotions in the hope of that ‘special day’ to use them?

Putting pay to the idea of waiting around for perfection, Future Five’s very own Dolores Forever have decided that now is actually the very best time to dust off a delicious slice of retro, synth-friendly indie-pop, smoothly in line with the nostalgic noughties likes of Summer Camp and Slow Club. If their “Shut Up And Eat The Pasta!” chant isn’t enough to remind you to carpe some diems, we don’t know what is.

Ayra Starr – ‘Commas’

At just 21 years old, Ayra Starr already feels ready to be the next breakout queen of Afrobeats. Where previous tracks have showcased her ability to go big and braggy, ‘Commas’’ laidback, hip-swinging tempo and melancholy strings allow you to get to know her a little better, a gentle pep talk for days where confidence might not come quite so easy.