Wow, a new Less Than Jake album! Probably in the top 10 of bands I associate with my late teens, I don’t think I’ve heard anything they’ve released since 2003’s Anthem.
First newly released album on my list today is this one from post-punk/dream-pop band Soft Kill.
Ireland is kicking out some great music right now, with Fontaines D. C., Girl Band, Just Mustard, The Murder Capital, Sons of Southern Ulster and Silverbacks just a few names off the top of my head. In addition, I’ve been looking forward to this debut album from Bitch Falcon, which landed on Friday.
The shoegaze revival has seen a number of fairly new kids on the block become raved about by aficionados new and old. Probably at the apex of these are DIIV, a band I like a lot. One or two others are Whirr, who I would have a lot more time for if they weren’t such jerks, and Ringo Deathstarr, who I’ve never really taken to.
When I saw METZ in Liverpool around this time in 2019, I had no idea it would be a year – and probably a fair bit longer – until I saw a live band again. Still, it wasn’t a bad gig to go out on, and their fourth album is one I’ve been especially looking forward to this year.
Recently, I was trying to name my favourite album of every year in the ’10s, and for 2010, I went with Sigur Rós frontman Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson’s solo debut Go. That may have been a result of how little new music I was listening to at the time, but it was a very good album. I saw him live just after its release too, and it was one of the most stunning live performances I’ve ever seen, even topping my experience of Sigur Rós.
Released: 2020 Origin: Bournemouth, England Label: Invada Best Track: Hippy Elite
I tend to like bands with ‘Trees’ in their name. Screaming Trees and And Also the Trees are two examples, along with the Polish band The Feral Trees who I discovered earlier this year. Plus I like trees themselves – how could you not?
The new fourth album from the indie electronic band The Naked and Famous is really all I have on my radar today in what’s a bit of a low-key week.
After a couple of very decent LPs last year, I’ve been looking forward to the debut album from zany and funky indie-rockers Pottery. Here it is, and it somehow feels like the perfect soundtrack to being in the midst of both a heatwave and a pandemic. It’s exuberant and danceable, yet surreal and nonsensical at the same time.
Well, well – a new X album! Where did this come from? Though the legendary LA punk band have never officially split up since forming in 1977 – largely keeping the same lineup in fact – it’s been 27 years since they last put out an album and though there was talk of them heading back into the studio, it was largely met with a “yeah, right!” reaction.
This isn’t a great thing to admit, but I wouldn’t say I’m a music fan who reacts too well to change. While most critics tend to expect bands to mature and develop their sound, I’m quite happy for them to stick to a winning formula, rather than try something new and stuff it up.