Hello my friends. How was your nice long weekend, good I trust?! Still feeling it a bit maybe? How’s about some exciting new albums to get stuck into and get you over those post bank holiday blues. Before we get started though, do have to warn ya that due to a dodgy cocktail of nagging laptop problems, and pursuit of my own selfish needs (I’m currently trying to finish off some of my own new material, and next week I’m off on holiday), things may be a bit shorter and sweeter here on the blog due to my already short attention span being pulled in all kinds of different directions (3).
Arthur Beatrice – Keeping The Peace
It’s already been three years since Arthur Beatrice’s awesome debut Working Out, marked them out as one of the very best emerging British acts in 2013. They somehow managed to do indie pop, that at the same time could be melancholic, intimate and emotive, yet also, bombastic, danceable and festival ready. On this second album, they’ve impressively repeated the trick. Think Daughter but with more urgency, big pop hooks and the odd House beat and you won’t be far off. A cracking listen.
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Gold Panda – Good Luck and Do Your Best
Awesome this. And in this blogger’s humble opinion, Gold Panda’s best record yet, and that’s saying something considering the sky high quality of his back catalogue. It’s a feel good album of the man’s trademark looping glitchy electronica that will leave you in the warmest of warm trance states. In a genre where there aren’t too many utterly distinctive artists out there, Gold Panda is still most definitely one of them.
Flume – Skin
Loads of different genres experimented with, and loads of tip top collaborators including the likes of AlunaGeorge, Vince Staples, Tove Lo, & Little Dragon are the what on electronic producer Harley Streten’s aka Flume’s latest is all about. And it’s a highly enjoyable if not inspired follow up to his ace self titled 2012 debut. Well worth a listen.
Catfish & The Bottlemen – The Ride
The third follow up to an impressive debut album this week comes from tut North by way of Catfish & The Bottlemen’s The Ride. It’s a very solid album, full of big Britpop sounds but rather than push the boundaries of their genre predecessors, they’re quite content walk the same paths. As good as that can still be, unless they do find their own sound, they’re never gonna hit the Oasis heights they’re fairly obviously aiming for.
Beth Orton – Kidsticks
Talking of ’90s sounds, Beth Orton was one of the true indie pioneers of that era ever since her debut of 20 years ago, Trailer Park, saw her become one of the first to successfully blend chilled synths with folk. Today she’s still experimenting, now with dreamy psych, americana and electronica, still doing entirely her own thing, and still sounding as good and inventive as ever.
And that’s your lot. Enjoy.