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The band: Currently touring the festival circuit, Glasgow band Franz Ferdinand released their fourth album, ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ on the Domino label earlier this year.

The sound: ‘Stand On The Horizon’ is a song inspired by frontman Alex Kapranos’ time in Sunderland as a child, mentioning both the local Marsden Rock and South Shields Metro station. With a funky disco melody beating through the heart of this track, ‘Stand On The Horizon’ features a soft tempo and lower octave harmonies with impressive string parts.

The video: Directed by Karan Kandhari , who also directed The Vaccines ‘Melody Calling’ video, the stunningly shot video is based around a live performance in an old-fashioned club. Kandhari said of the video: “An awkward look at innocence and experience. An attempt to capture a sparkle in the melancholy and a warmth in the strangeness. I hope people find it both sad and funny / hopeful and human. We either achieved all of this, or totally failed and ended up with an alternative universe version of Franz Ferdinand.”

The lowdown: Fresh from a set on the King Tuts stage at T in the Park and a headline slot at Fuji Rock in Japan, the band head to South America for a run of shows in September.