It’s early days for Brooklyn quartet Crumb and they are creating something special. Last year’s EP Locket feels jazzy but no too experimental, and indie but laced with the type of psych-pop that I like. The title track is a beauty.
Good morning. Ty Segall released the single ‘My Lady’s on Fire’ last year in advance of 2018’s ‘Freedom’s Goblin’. The song bears more than a trace of Marc Bolan, and more specifically, his early work with Tyrannosaurs Rex. This should be no surprise for fans of Segall, who has previously recorded a series of Bolan tributes titled Ty Rex. Have a great week.
Good morning peeps. An easy selection this morning… I am seeing Rolling Blackouts C. F. and I present you you one of my favourite tracks off their recent debut album Hope Downs. Understandably, the band released in advance last year. Here’s to a great night and a great week.
And last but not least in a week of hypnotic overtures, this one’s a real grower. When first listening to last year’s Arcade Fire album Everything Now, there were evident showstoppers, but the alluring sound of ‘Put Your Money on Me’ worked its way into my conscience. Have a great weekend.
‘People Will Always Need Coal’ was the fourth single to be released from Every Valley, the critically acclaimed third album from Public Service Broadcasting. The album takes listeners on a journey down the valleys of South Wales. The history of coal mining is a metaphor for social malaise, and disenfranchisement.
Recently signed to Ninja Tune, Jordan Rakei has battled his demons and written the album Wallflower. It’s an exploration into the world of an introverted soul singer, which is what makes his metamorphosis even more remarkable. Jordan was enjoying a cult following in his hometown of Brisbane when he upped sticks and circumnavigated the planet to London. He has since been able to collaborate with a roll call of London talent. It helps that his voice is smoother than butter and he borrows from D’Angelo and the type of reggae that Sting would enjoy. The album finishes with ‘Hiding Place’ and the title track.
Bordeaux-based producer and singer/songwriter Nuit Oceān produces a sound that is reminiscent of The XX, James Blake, Bon Iver… you get the gist. His compositions are inspired by his travels; they must be coastal. ‘Falling Night’ features on his 2017 EP Island.
Paris-based Jaffna are an odd couple. Stan is a chef and Bravin is a classical pianist. Last year, the duo released their debut EP Ripples on Intuitive Records. It features ‘Immersion’, a slice of instrumental electronica that references their musical influences: Bonobo, Kiasmos, Thylacine…
At the end of last year, Sunflower Bean dropped the single ‘I Was A Fool’ in advance of last month’s release of Twentytwo in Blue, the trio’s sophomore album. From the opening riff, to Julia Cumming’s trade-off vocals with guitarist Nick Kivlen, I am reminded of The Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’. It’s not explicit, but it’s there.
Superorganism’s self-titled debut album is great fun. Orono, Harry, Emily, Tucan, Robert Strange, Ruby, B and Soul are quirky with a capital Q. What would you expect from a London-based collective hailing from Lancashire, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. ‘It’s All Good’.
Tel Aviv-based indie popsters Lola Marsh released their debut album Remember Roses last year. I wonder if vocalist Yael Shoshana Cohen was thinking of Lana Del Rey when she wrote ‘Wishing Girl’. Instrumentalist and producer Gil Landau makes up the other half of the duo. Have a great week.