Richard Hawley has declined an invite to this week’s Brit Awards ceremony in London as he has a gig the same night, and believes he has ‘as much chance of seeing the Queen’s tits’ as he does winning an award.
Our Essential Listening 2012 series concludes today with The Albums.
From the ‘cohesion through experimentation’ of Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism, through the ‘muscular power ballads, stirring, keyboard-led harmonies and call-and-response choruses’ that inform The Killers’ return with ‘Battle Born’, to the ‘sheer magnetism and unwavering belief’ which made ‘Blunderbuss’ such a successful solo debut for Jack White, we feel this rundown highlights some of the year’s truly outstanding releases that everyone should make an effort to check out.
And don’t forget, there’s only room for one place each on our Essential Listening Series, so if your favourite artist of the year isn’t included in this particular rundown, make sure you check through our previous lists to see if they’ve made an appearance elsewhere. And after that, if they’re still nowhere to be seen, maybe you should leave a comment below to let us know about it.
Sheffield songwriter Richard Hawley will embark on a tour of the UK next year armed with his Mercury Prize nominated 2012 album ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge‘.
Summer 2012. We’ve just had the wettest June on record, the festival season has been fractured by a series of cancellations, and album sales have fallen in their millions.
And yet, for every music fan, there’ still reasons to be cheerful.
The Stone Roses have just completed – with no major hiccups – the fastest selling weekend of live music in UK history, Blur have deemed us worthy to sample the fruits of their studio labours, some faith in humanity was restored when The Voice had its live tour pulled and, most importantly, for seven months now artists both new and established have been releasing a steady stream of truly impressive albums, proving once again that, if you’re prepared to look hard enough, quality is still out there in abundance.
So, take a look through just some of those releases we’ve pulled together for our latest Essential Listening rundown, and maybe you’ll spot something which will soon occupy a prominent place in your own record collection for the remainder of the year. And when you’ve been through the list, why not do the same for us by leaving a comment below highlighting your own favourites of 2012…so far.
Richard Hawley and Everything Everything are amongst a raft of new additions who have been added to the inaugural Festival Number 6 line-up.
Richard Hawley will support his latest solo studio album ‘Standing On The Sky’s Edge‘ with a UK tour to be launched in September.
Incubated in a 60s haze, rejuvenated in more recent years to some extent by the likes of The Flaming Lips, Porcupine Tree and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, it is a crude but often wonderfully preposterous musical Marmite that only the admirably brave or mercilessly foolish would attempt to cross over to were it not already their natural inclination.
So into which category does Richard Hawley fall?
Richard Hawley will release the single ‘Leave Your Body Behind You’ on 7″ vinyl as part of his new Singles Club in time for next month’s Record Store Day.
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