It’s been a while since I posted any music on the site, recovering from the 60 or so we put up in our review of 2014. However we are now almost exactly a quarter of the way through the year and with the clocks going forward last night, winter is over. So to celebrate, here for your enjoyment, bemusement or derision are 15 of my favourite new tracks from the last three months.
‘The Ship’ by Black Rivers
Black Rivers are two-thirds of Doves and the ‘debut’ album is excellent:
‘Young Trouble’ by Sinkane
The recent single, ‘New Name’ is also well worth a listen.
‘Feed The Manta Ray’ by Slaves
Shouty pop perfection from Sacremento’s Slaves
‘Flutter’ by The Unthanks
Slowing things down with some English folk from the Unthanks:
‘There Are Too Many of Us’ by Blur
Lyrically and musically reminiscent of ‘The Universal’, the best of the three tracks that are promoting the imminent new album ‘The Magic Whip’
‘Come In The Water’ by The Barr Brothers
Possibly my most-played track of 2015 so far, from Montreal’s The Barr Brothers. Mellow.
‘Pedestrian at Best’ by Courtney Barnett
The first single from her kind-of debut album ‘ Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit’, which I plan to listen to this afternoon.
‘Gagarin’ by Public Service Broadcasting.
The Race For Space ‘concept album’ is actually surprisingly moving. Let’s get back out there..
‘Animal Fear’ by Marika Hackman
Not sure what genre this is, folky? Does it matter?
‘Anna’ by Will Butler
A solo effort from the Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist – extremely catchy and the album is a grower
‘Groove It Out’ by Lonelady
Otherwise known as Julia Ann Campbell, on WARP records:
‘Multi-love’ by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
An American Kiwi hybrid apparently:
‘Detroit’ by Gaz Coombes
From the album ‘Matador’ by the former Supergrass centre forward.
‘Huarache Lights’ by Hot Chip
Hot Chip always make mighty fine singles:
‘Distant Past’ by Everything Everything
..and finally ( I think that makes 15) a track with more hooks than a fishing shop. Insanely catchy: