Yes, breaking up is hard to do, etc, but it can and often does produce sublime records (Beck's Sea Change and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours to name but two). Twickenham-based indie boys Noah And The Whale - now tellingly minus any female vocals - make a welcome return with their new single, "Blue Skies", out next Monday. We like it very much, even if it is more than tinged with heartache.
The album, The First Days Of Spring, will be accompanied by a copy of vocalist Charlie Fink's film of the same title - starring the delectable Daisy Lowe - which runs the same length as the album and should help to explain why the video looks very much like a trailer (it is). Both will be out on 31 August.