The sun’s out homes!!! Yey!!! Let’s all go get pissed yeah? Well maybe we should wait til the weekend actually, it’s pretty close, and it is easter weekend, which is as good an excuse as I need for a 3-4 day bender. It’ll be 3 or 4 depending on how night 2 goes- second night syndrome always dictates how successful the rest of my consecutive days on the lash are gonna be. So maybe better save the pennies today and wait for thursday night to arrive hey? Or just go out tonight and stick the rest on a credit card? Yeah let’s do that. I’m still young enough to be fairly fiscally irresponsible right? Nah probably not, but fuck it.
Anyway, the reason I’ve just opened up this blog with a lengthy monologue is it’s been the background noise in my head whilst I’ve been listening to all the week’s new releases today and yesterday, deciding which I should recommend to you. And those thoughts about sun, birds (the flying kind of course, no sexism here) and going out and getting on it, have obviously had a largish bearing on my eventual selection, as I’ve ended up plumping for the record that would best soundtrack yours & my sunny (fingers crossed the sun keeps it’s hat on) easter bank hols. And that record is from former Aussie bedroom producer/ songwriter Nick Murphy aka Chet Faker- the bearded fellow above not 50′s & 60′s Jazz maestro & flugelhorn (amazing instrument that) extraordinaire, Chet Baker. Having found underground fame with his 2012 E.P. Thinking In Textures, which in turn came off the back of the jazz flecked (it wasn’t just the name that was influenced by the original Chet), synth based, bloggers’ wet dream cover of ‘No Diggity’, now comes his full length debut album, Built In Glass as released by my favourite Aussie label Future Classic (seriously check out their roster- they rule). And it’s a very accomplished debut indeed, that fits my aforementioned mood absolutely perfectly.
It’s start to finish, chilled slow jams, each flirting with more than a few different genres, but staying earthed in the synth based soul, jazz & r’n'b rhythms of his debut E.P.. If Bill Withers was born in the 80′s and grew up getting stoned listening to Zero 7, this is how he’d sound. It’s just lush- not sure I’ve described anything as being lush since the mid 90′s? Basically, what I’ve introduced you to here (if you weren’t already a fan obvo) is the absolute perfect pre-game booze/ BBQ accompaniment, which will also double as a pretty solid (no pun intended there) late night record, to play whilst entertaining a lady friend. You’re welcome.
BEST OF THE REST
Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast
If the sun hadn’t been out and my mind wasn’t already straying to the weekend’s forthcoming activities, this could easily have been my pick for the POTY. It’s a belter. Greg Dulli returns from The Twilight Singers & The Gutter Twins to his first band (as far as I know- and haven’t got time to check, I’m a busy boy). And it’s a most welcome return. Soulful, menacing rock & americana.
Smoke Fairies – Smoke Fairies
Atmospheric folk pop and americana from female duo Jessica Davies & Katherine Blamire or the Smoke Fairies as the world knows them. Their fourth album, and up there with their best, if you ask me, which you kinda did cos you’re reading this.
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
If those two are a bit serious for ya then it might well be Album Time!! Hahhahahhahahha see how I slipped that in there? Clever hey? My comic genius aside, and back on to the music. You may well know of Todd Terje based on his work with Franz Ferdinand or his remixes of other indie titans like Bombay Bicycle Club, well now he’s done something for himself. And good on him. The record’s good old fashioned synth-y electro disco tinged fun, and even includes a Robert Palmer Cover with vocals from fellow 80′s cocksman Bryan Ferry (wish people would refer to me as a cocksman and not just a…..). Sounds awesome right? It is.