New Releases w/c 9th February 2015

This week I have yet more wonderful new music to bring to you…


I really like music that is kept simple, or at least appears to be simple – I’ve said it many times, there’s nowhere to hide & every note must truly mean something. The Dø have kept the instruments to a minimum for their third album, “Shake Shook Shaken“. A keyboard, a computer and a voice is all it’s taken to produce what is in my opinion an absolute delight of an album. Catchy, surreal, purposeful and appealing.

Adrian Sherwood has had an extensive career working with the likes of Depeche Mode and Primal Scream among others. In 2013, he teamed up with Dubstep musician Pinch, and they’ve now produced their first album together, “Late Night Endless“. It’s fair to say that Dubstep isn’t really my cup of tea, but I’ve had a good listen and this is music that for the most part does not offend my ears! It’s quite intriguing in places, and I really like the intermittent injections of reggae. Anyway, listen for yourselves, and draw your own conclusions.

This week, I stumbled upon a feisty little band from Birmingham who call themselves Peace. They’re like a mixture between Kula Shaker, The Music and a hint of Primal Scream. It kinda works. This band has a mischievous confidence yet at the same time an anxious need to have the right formula. I happen to think they’ve pretty much nailed it with second album “Happy People“, and I don’t mind betting they go down a storm in a live setting!

I only heard of this next artist last night, and her voice hit me in the very core of my soul. I couldn’t not bring her to your attention. Her name is Rhiannon Giddens, she’s had relative success with Carolina Chocolate Drops in the past, and she’s about to release her debut solo album, “Tomorrow is My Turn“. I don’t even care that the majority of songs on this album are covers – her style and that voice… oh, I’m just going to let her music do the talking here. Mind: blown.

Finally, a five piece band from The Wirrall who cite some of their influences as being Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and (wait for it) The Bangles!. I hear elements of all coming through, and there’s a definite psychedelic undercurrent, which I love, man. The Sundowners are their name, and they’re on the verge of releasing their eponymous debut album. There is a magnetism with this band, and that pull is very difficult to resist, for me. Here’s my favourite song from the album, “Into the Light”.

Other music releases this week…

Idlewild – Everything Ever Written

Duke Garwood – Heavy Love

The Wave Pictures – Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon

Atari Teenage Riot – Reset

Detail – First Detail

Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds

Sam Kelly – Spokes

Quarterbacks – Quarterbacks

The Districts – A Flourish and a Spoil

Black Rivers – Black Rivers

Jack Savoretti – Written in Scars

Crushed Beaks – Scatter

The Unthanks – Mount the Air

Vision Fortune – Country Music

Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

William Ryan Fritch – Revisionist