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The full-throttle beats of Michael Drummer are the most captivating elements and the band are rightly compared to Neu! It reaches truly high BPMs to rival a techno rave at times and would be phenomenal live. Definitely one for the more intrepid listener; astounding nevertheless. Okkervil River - Away Lead singer Will Sheff is such a dedicated songwriter, during the sessions for Away he sought solitude up in the Catskill mountains and regularly perched upon a lookout, occasionally gently tripping on magic psyloglobin in order to unlock the puzzles in his mind that he needed to be able to complete these songs.
The album is a journey that deals with grief; mainly the death of his grandfather, and also changes in band members. Underneath the poignant vulnerability in his songs are shades of optimism that make for a nuanced emotional portrait of the man. The Coral - The Distance Inbetween Fourteen years and eight albums into the most middling of discographies, you might expect The Coral to have been largely forgotten.
Instead they made themselves relevant for the first time in their career with an absolute cracker of an album. The Distance Inbetween, bad grammar of its title notwithstanding, is a dark maelstrom of reverb, drone and feedback — forget that jaunty Scouse seaside stuff, it sounds as though the band has been locked in a room listening to nothing but Psychocandy.
Alex Cameron - Jumping The Shark The cover features a very 70s looking guy with slicked back hair, pilot glasses, saggy skin and a hearing-aid and stands out from the crowd. He has incredible dark, funny, yet poetic lyrics. He narrates his way through stories with a Nick Cave-like baritone, all over an electronic cold wave inspired synth backdrop. Fantasia Van Camerijk In a year that's seen the impeachable and largely unprecedented rise of right wing extremism on both sides of the Atlantic, this self-titled debut from the Stevenage four-piece arguably ranks as the most necessary release of Overtly political in sentiment and confrontational in delivery, it's a heady throwback to the grassroots anarcho punk scene of the early s where bands like Crass and Conflict started a movement of their own.
With the present mirroring the past, the relevance of bands like Bad Breeding shouldn't be underestimated and they've created the most intelligent protest record of their generation. An uneasy yet essential listen. These frenzied mages of psych charge ahead into the cosmos howling for the changes, the band moves as one mass from section to section.
The sound is old as the hills and somehow so damn full of youth it could never be truly old. This band will outlive us all. But then again, writing protest music well is something very few bands can hone.
Wakrat are more than qualified. Bassist Tim Commerford is one of the only people interviewed by Gigwise in that anticipated Trump would win. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake Everyone needs an album you can listen to on a hangover and feel slightly rejuvenated in your soul by.
One of the year's best at achieving this is this by band of seven best friends led by Julien Ehrlich and her celestial voice. Whitney remain appealing to fans of said bands, but are a completely new entity.
HiFi Sean - Ft. As Superb and stunning, as it is exciting and accomplished. As its title suggests, amidst the delicious production the album features a vast cache of names including Bootsy Collins, Norman Blake, David McAlmont, Soft Cell's Dave Ball and even the late Alan Vega, who committed his last ever recorded work to the project. Frankly the best album release of this year, and probably next year too.
From the sublime Crystal Waters to the ridiculous of Yoko One, and from the nonchalance of the aforementioned Alan Vega to the excitability of Fred B52s Schneider, Sean Dickson has produced a masterpiece. It could even be the Screamadelica of our times. A Best In Year for sure but this record has some mean lifespan ahead of it yet! Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial There's an argument that this album is a simple indie rock album, and the ability to write engaging hooks and choruses definitely mean that this is valid, but there's probably more in here.
There's heartbreak and isolation in the lyrics and the more you pay attention, the more you can get out of Teens in Style.
There are probably more references than you realise on your first ten listens, either to Dido or the trial referenced in Vincent "it must be hard to speak a foreign language, intoxicado, intoxicado"which makes it worth sitting around. They're all pivotal figures on 'Big Box Of Chocolates'.
Recorded with Edwyn Collins earlier this year, it's a much cleaner sounding and more focused record than its predecessor and one that revives the notion of the concept album being about storytelling where eccentric characters and romantic places take precedence over elongated musical segments.
Besnard Lakes - A Coliseum Complex Museum The ambitious and miraculously executed cinematic soundscape owes a lot to the band's self-production. Continuing the approach of other albums of using the studio as an instrument, they've multi-tracked vocals, and have written soaring melodies that echo the power and majesty of remote places as well as Icelandics, Sigur Ros.
Part of the success in developing such ambitious records is their use of Breakglass Studio as it's a treasure cave of great analog equipment. One piece of gear in particular, the Neve Pre 80 Series 58 input console, which is thought to be the mixing desk used on Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, among other great records, has a helping hand in the output.
This hardwired marvel is a true blessing to the swirling psychedelic rock that they so brilliantly create. But this sonic gem doesn't stop at being a technical masterpiece: Do yourself a favour; if guitar music appeals to you in a big way, then this is good sustenance for your ringing ears. It's like Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd for the 21st century. With an obvious international appeal that Skepta plays on with the album's title, it sets the bar very high for not only grime and hip-hop music but UK music period.
The - I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it Don't be fooled by the bubblegum sheen of some of the latest singles, this record is a trojan horse of weird and wonderful sounds. All in all, it's a record that owes itself as much to M83 as it does Madonna, as much to drugs and excess as feather-light touches.
All in all, the eclecticism of this band is nothing short of remarkable. In a world of beige pop, we welcome this flourish of colour. Exceeding the national average, excelling in pop and smashing your expectations - accept nothing less from The The process started with Tim Burgess sending off melodic pop songs written on an acoustic to the wizardry Gordon, who returned them as something largely distinct from their original forms.
Soon Burgess, who has been collaborating with Gordon since meeting him in in London at a warehouse space, took inspiration from his interpretation of his work and bounced back songs in increasingly experimental form, meaning the album is very much shaped as it went along.
By day, she works in human rights law, but by night, she becomes something altogether otherworldly. An angelic and soft voice, met with a wisdom far beyond her years, soars over a thick haze of pop-noir, electro, Krautrock and a hint of shoegaze, creating a propulsive soundtrack charging boldly onwards into the future.
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Meilyr Jones - To call Meilyr Jones' solo debut '' unique would be an understatement. Joyfully accessible and musically erudite, flamboyantly pop and inspirationally highbrow - it is a future classic. Its seemingly incongruous patchwork of sounds — from stomping Motown beat to elegant baroque, to mascular avant-garde pop - fit together in a patchwork structure more readily associated with hip hop.
However, what makes it truly special and shockingly radical is its emotional openness and beautiful lightness. Its complete lack of cynicism is an affront to the world of cool detachment and violent rage. In short, it's the most punk record of Often singing along with the lyrics, also at you. I tried to contain my enthusiasm but failed. I have very patient Spanish friends. Badbadnotgood - IV Much praise has been dished about this American group with a taste for hip-hop god Madlib and their ability to take the inventiveness of his beats and infuse their expertise as Jazz musicians - and rightly so.
As world-class musicians there are some completely astounding passages of music that stop you in your tracks and make you go "woah, that drum passage or that saxophone just blew my mind. This will be regular go-to for Gigwise far beyond this year.
Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression "Wild animals, they do never wonder why, just do what they God damn do," pine all members of the band in unison on the closer of 'Paraguay'. Amen, and fitting sentiments they are too. This is a record that needed to be made, however nothing is contrived. When you heard the make-up of this band, you could have applied any number of preconceived formulae to what you thought this may have sounded like, and all of them would have been wrong.
What we've got instead is an entirely new beast, and a vessel for a rock icon to go through one more, perfect reinvention. If this is the final bout of Iggy Pop, at least he can say "I did it my way. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool While The King Of Limbs was a fairly skeletal affair from a band who admit that they were 'in transition', A Moon Shaped Pool sees the band land in their assumed destination - blooming around the bare roots that led them here, and breathing new air and life into the haunted claustrophobia of their last record.
While there are echoes of all the highlights from across their legacy, album No. For a band who have already come to both defy and define genre at every turn, having torn up the map of where music should lead them, Radiohead now take a turn down a previously untrodden, sumptuous garden path.
Not that they have anything left to prove, but A Moon Shaped Pool is proof that they still have so much give.
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It goes beyond genre boundaries and is a beautifully warm sounding kaleidescope of sonics that have their roots in jazz, hip hop, and pop. A short glance at the credits on the album is testimony to his greatness as Anderson. Certainly the most extraordinary debut album of the year.
Peter Doherty - Hamburg Demonstrations Having just re-opened the Bataclan in emphatic style that brought joy to people who'd suffered so much, it's great to finally see the release of this album. Doherty seems struck by how young the murderers were and saw parallels between the young guys involved in terrorism and young lads starting a band: Live, the Puta Madres - his best backing band yet - add swathes of colour to these demonstrations that prove within this record is a collection of Doherty's greatest songs yet - and hints at a solo career going forward that will be cherished as one of the greatest of this century.
Stop, witness, and push a button. My pictures of street life reveal multiple sides below the radar of ozone city life. One side reveals homegrown businesses with some grit trying to survive the new economy by hammering out their promotion with folk art tendencies by making their own signage, while another unveils officially sponsored graffiti and murals thriving in communities often unnoticed but blasting their messages of survival, unity and hope, anyway.
Flickering like crushed coal bits is another side as well: Additionally, street art flyers, screen prints, cut-outs, and miniature paintings compete for the same space and viewers, forming a conceptual coil that weds the unlawful urges of graffiti with the lingering saboteur art credos of rebel art with finesse. All of it sprouts like weeds breaking through roads and sidewalks, reminding people that art survives in one form or another.
As gentrification bulldozes forward, inhabitants push back, like Sisyphus kids of the urban black hole.
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This darker side presents a kind of youthful anguish and alienation, a fever that has escaped tract homes, apartment complexes, low wage jobs, and brick schools.
Take note, though, for some street art is skillful, arduous, eye-boggling, and even a bit elitist. All the illegal art, if taken as a combined unstable code and signature, are like short-lived tattoos on the municipal skins of cities.