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Heavy rotation – music from The Strokes, John Grant, Ryhe, Kurt Vile and more…

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This year is shaping up to be pretty good for music so far.  While, there is no earth shattering new musical movement to really excite, but there is definitely some quality out there, from both old and new artists.

 

John GrantArtist: John Grant

Album: Pale Green Ghosts

Back-story: Former frontman of the Czars releases acclaimed second album of witty, grown up musings

Verdict: Largely electronic based, distinguished by mordant but often funny lyrics.  GMF, is a stand out, a self deprecating track listing various shortcomings to a potential girlfriend, with a repeated refrain of “You could be laughing 65% more of the time”

Stand-out tracks: Pale Green Ghosts, Black Belt, GMF

 

 

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Artist: Rhye

Album: Woman

Back-story: Canadian and Danish musicians collaborate on jazz tinged record with comparisons to the vocal style of Sade.  Singer Mike Milosh is however a bloke, though one with a wonderful contralto voice

Verdict: Not dis-similar to last years stand out album from Jessie Ware, this is an accomplished collection of smooth urban tinged songs.

Stand-out tracks: Open, The Fall

 

 

The StrokesArtist: The Strokes

Album: Comedown Machine

Back-story:  Fifth album from the New York guitar outfit.

Verdict: nothing is ever likely to top “Is This It”, but this is a solid offering, with all elements of the Strokes trademark sound in place.  All it lacks to distinguish it are a couple of killer tracks to lift it.  It just kinda washes over you quite pleasantly

Stand-out tracks: Tap Out, One Way Trigger

 

 

Hookworms-pearl mysticArtist: Hookworms

Album: Pearl Mystic

Back-story: Young band from North England release much lauded psychedelic album, refuse to sign to a major

Verdict: Washed out in reverb and layered guitars, this is reminiscent of early Jesus and Mary Chain, with a dose of Tame Impala.  Not for everyone, but probably the closest thing on this list to hint at youthful rebellion

Stand-out tracks: Form and Function, Preservation

 

 

EelsArtist: Eels

Album: Wonderful, Glorious

Back-story: Mark Oliver Everett’s latest album is more optimistic than previous releases, but the distinctive growl is still here

Verdict:  Rewards repeated listening, more accessible than previous outings

Stand-out tracks: Bombs Away, Kinda Fuzzy

 

 

 

Kurt VileArtist: Kurt Vile

Album: Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze

Back-story: Inappropriately named, laid back songsmith releases another album of gentle, downbeat songs

Verdict: One of his best, though for me, not quite up there with his previous album “Smoke Ring For My Halo”, but a record with melodic hooks a plenty, with a strong melancholic undertow.

Stand-out tracks: Walkin on a Pretty Day, KV Crimes, Too Hard

 

 

SuedeArtist: Suede

Album: Bloodsports

Back-story: The second incarnation of Suede (without Bernard Butler), and back after a ten year hiatus

Verdict: Against the odds, one of their best ever albums, with a first half full of shimmering icy glam rock, and strong medlodies.

Stand-out tracks: Barriers. It Starts and Ends with You

 

 

 

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