Tag Archives: 2019

The Comet Is Coming – Summon The Fire (2019)

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From the supernatural to the cosmic. Dan Leavers, Maxwell (Betamax) Hallett and Shabaka Hutchings are The Comet Is Coming. On the almost onomatopoeic ‘Summon the Fire’, Hutchings’ distorts a horn to Betamax’s pulsating snare drum. It’s a hard groove full of jazz, electronica and trance. The track features on their sophomore album Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery.

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Big Thief – UFOF (2019)

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Good morning! Let’s kick off this week with something very contemporary. On the title track of Big Thief’s latest album U.F.O.F., Adrianne Lenker says goodbye to her UFO friend. “Polarize, polarize/The seasons will bend/There will soon be proof/That there is no alien/Just a system of truth and lies.” The sound is great and a supernatural imagination is on display. Have a great week.

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Fontaines D.C. – Sha Sha Sha (2019)

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The NME have called ‘Sha Sha Sha’ the bastard son of ‘A Town Called Malice’. The sentiment might be similar, but the sound is different. Fontaines D.C.’s frontman Grian Chatten sneers and quips like a young Iggy Pop. The song features on the Dublin band’s debut album Dogrel.

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Kevin Morby – OMG Rock n Roll (2019)

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Good morning folks! ‘OMG Rock n Roll’ is a single off Kevin Morby’s recent and ambitious fifth album Oh My God. There are welcome touches of Dylan, Lou Reed and Kevin Morby herein. Have a great a week.

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Cage The Elephant – Ready To Let Go (2019)

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I am liking the new sound, but perhaps not as much as the old. Cage The Elephant has included single ‘Ready To Let Go’ on last week’s album release Social Cues. Have a great week.

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Toro Y Moi – Fading (2019)

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Like Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, I’ve featured Chaz Bear quite a bit since I started this blog 7+ years ago. And this is no time to stop; for Toro Y Moi keeps getting better. ‘Fading’ is the opening track of his most recent album Outer Peace.

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Aldous Harding – Fixture Picture (2019)

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On the subject of ladies with style, I feature Ms Harding for the second time this year. ‘Fixture Picture’ is the opening track off her most recent album Designer. I like one youtuber’s comment that it sounds like Neil Young’s Harvest Moon and Beck’s Morning Phase had a baby girl. And what’s more, the hats and the curious dance moves are an added bonus.

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Solange – Way To The Show (2019)

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There’s something exceptional about Solange Knowles’s sound and group of producer pals. Her genre is not one I fully appreciate, but I make exception for songs like ‘Way To The Show’. This glossy soul funk comes her latest album When I Get Home. Have a great week.

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Tame Impala – Patience (2019)

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It’s been 4 years since Tame Impala released their third studio album Currents and it feels like it. Hopefully the wait has been worthwhile and the first signs are good. A fortnight ago, the band released the single ‘Patience’. Patience indeed.

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W. H. Lung – Second Death Of My Face (2019)

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Joseph E (vocals/synths), Tom S (guitar) and Tom P (bass) named their band after an infamous Chinese cash and carry in their native Manchester. With a sound of post-punk and synthpop, the sound of the city is evidently a big reference for the band; as is Thelonious Monk, Prince and Giorgio Moroder from what I read and hear. Their debut album Incidental Music features ‘Second Death Of My Face’. Enjoy a 2019 take on new wave.

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Weyes Blood – Everyday (2019)

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Professionally known as Weyes Blood, singer-songwriter Natalie Mering has amplified her talent through her notable collaborations with Ariel Pink. But, there’s nothing ‘Everyday’ about her recent solo work. This wonderful song features on her latest album Titanic Rising released on Sub Pop Records.

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Catfish and the Bottlemen – Longshot (2019)

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In January, Welsh rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen released their first pressing in over two and a half years. The single ‘Longshot’ is a refreshing dose of simple, anthemic rock. It will feature on their forthcoming, third album The Balance, which is due to be released in April.

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Durand Jones & The Indications – Morning in America (2019)

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The retro soul sound of Durand Jones & The Indications is almost unsurpassable. Listening to ‘Morning in America’, I feel that you could be hearing the output of Bobby Womack. Ths song features on the album American Love Call, released earlier this month.

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Aldous Harding – The Barrel (2019)

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New Zealand singer-songwriter Hannah Harding (aka Aldous Harding) had already drawn much praise for her gothic folk. Then, in 2017, she signed to 4AD and enlisted the help of John Parish of Sparklehorse and PJ Harvey fame. Her sophomore album Party was released in 2017 to critical acclaim. Now, things continue to move onwards and upwards… her new single ‘The Barrel’ is a forerunner to a new album ‘Designer’ due to be released in April 2019. This is a modern take on folk, but still in the tradition of Nick Drake.

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Foals – Exits (2019)

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Foals are releasing two albums this year… ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, ‘Part 1’ and ‘Part 2’. If that wasn’t enough, the early signs are very positive indeed. Their first single of 2019 is ‘Exits’ which premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show back in January.

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