Don’t you just love an indie riff?! To instrumentation that echoes the work of New Order and The Cure, Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan sings of innocence and abandon. ‘Pristine’ features on the band’s 2018 album Lush.
Fans of Tame Impala, prick your ears. It’s been far too long since the release of Currents; and Innerspeaker and Lonerism seem like distant memories. So what a delight to hear the psychedelic pop sounds of Yuno Moodi, a 27-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida (his parents are British and of Jamaican descent). Last year, Sub Pop signed him and shortly thereafter, Yuno released Moodie. The EP features ‘No Going Back’. Rejoice Sub Pop. Rejoice Juno.
Good morning folks. After touring in Ty Segall’s backing band ‘The Muggers’ for a year, Kyle Thomas was encouraged to revisit his garage rock sound and change things up. His latest album offering, The Other, is still released under his King Tuff alias, but the songs have progressed. ‘Psycho Star’ features the lyrics: “We were always dreaming/Of castles in the sky/Dreaming of another planet/How could we be so blind?” Thomas has come to terms with his music.
Samuelsounds begins a short hiatus for the festive season. As is my way, I leave you with my favourite sounds of 2018. They are in no particular order. Merry Christmas, have a great holiday and see you in the New Year, when I will whittle 12 to 9. (Done!)
Honourable mentions also go to: Childish Gambino for ‘This Is America‘; Phum Viphurit for ‘Lover Boy‘; Fake Shark for ‘Wake Up‘; Phosphorescent for ‘New Birth in New England‘; Bodega for ‘Jack In Titanic‘; MorMor for ‘Heaven’s Only Wishful‘; Kanye West & Kid Cudi for ‘Reborn‘; Christine and the Queens for ‘Damn, dis-moi‘; Lana Del Rey for ‘Mariners Apartment Complex‘; The Voidz for ‘Leave It In My Dreams‘; Nilüfer Yanya for ‘Thanks 4 Nothing‘ and DJ Koze for ‘Pick Up‘.
“I had a good run playing horses in my mind/On a hillside I remember/I am loving losing life.” Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand and Alex Kristian Scally know how to create an atmosphere. Church organs, grinding guitars and cinematic synths feature large on this standout song from this year’s album release, 7. ‘Drunk in L.A.’ Have a great weekend.
Very unfortunately, The Hex was a posthumous release for singer-songwriter Richard Swift. Following his untimely death earlier this year, his fans were treated to one of his best works. The song ‘Broken Finger Blues’ seems to draw on the influence of 1960s soul and chamber pop. For me, you can hear more than a touch of Smokey Robinson. Well done Mr. Swift & R.I.P.
You may not agree in the politics, but you have to admire the artistry. The title track of the The Good, The Bad & The Queen’s album Merrie Land is scathing portrait of This Sceptred Isle. The country’s leadership is certainly in a bit of a mess this week and Albarn cleverly uses the sounds of a funfair to depict his take on the direction of travel.
This next year could be the breakthrough year for 22-year-old Nilüfer Yanya. She grew up listening to Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse and the Pixies and if you listen carefully and open your mind, you can hear the references in her indie soul. ‘Thanks 4 Nothing’ featured on her 2018 EP Do You Like Pain.
TJ Hertz is a British techno producer currently based in Berlin. Under the pseudonym ‘Objekt’, he has released a couple of albums on the Berlin-based record label PAN. His most recent Cocoon Crush begins with ‘Lost and Found (Lost Mix)’, an ambient techno track that warms the soul.
Bill Ryder-Jones latest sounds are more introspective than those that have previously featured on this blog. ‘There’s Something on Your Mind’ is the opening track off his latest album Yawn. It’s been 10 years since this scouser left The Coral and he continues to surprise. What initially sounds like a folk-pop track suddenly breaks out into the screeching guitar chords and feedback bleed from an indie shoegazer’s dream.