May 18th, 2020

Damon Albarn launches The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows online after tour cancellation

Posted on 18 May 2020 at 10:40am

Since the launch of his latest project The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows via a European tour this month is no longer possible, Damon Albarn instead introduced it online during a Boiler Room session last night.

St. Vincent has uploaded an acoustic version of New York

Posted on 18 May 2020 at 10:11am

The acoustic version of St. Vincent‘s track New York is available on YouTube after it was first aired at this year’s virtual Brooklyn Academy Of Music annual gala.

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Album Review: The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form

Posted on 18 May 2020 at 7:19am

When the Arctic Monkeys released Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino it earned an atom-splitting fan reception. Reimagining Alex Turner as a cravat-friendly lounge lizard, it seemed to delight in the outrageous liberties taken with the band’s own heritage. Despite the shockwaves caused however, it was (whisper it quietly) their most creative album yet and (whisper it even more quietly) their best since 2007’s Favourite Worst Nightmare.

No such ‘Are they trolling?’ problems exist for The 1975, the ashen polyglots who have, to all intents and purposes, taken over as the UK’s most feted musical export. This seemed far from likely in 2013 when their eponymous debut harvested maturing Directioners without needing to take many risks. The quartet has not so much reinvented themselves since as wisely tracked close to their maturing fanbase: 2018’s A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships – an hour long bricolage of styles and mind snippets –  saw them pointed directly at Generation Playlist, the first to grow up with music as an ever changing pool of mood swings. Of this audience with which they’d synced so perfectly, singer Matt Healy once said: ‘It’s musically all over the place – and particularly mentally unwell.’

This default to empathy also frames Notes On A Conditional Form: climate change activist Greta Thunberg takes over the chameleonic opener The 1975, delivering a glum, boomer-baiting monologue that articulates the last chance saloon the planet finds itself in, while People is a rallying call of Healy’s own, an individuals-are-smart-but-society-is-dumb polemic delivered over a rasping, post-grunge noise which is as harsh as it is breathless.

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Orlando Weeks posts Milk Breath from debut solo album A Quickening

Posted on 18 May 2020 at 7:03am

Milk Breath is the new single from Orlando Weeks‘ debut solo album A Quickening.

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Deerhoof are streaming new single Damaged Eyes Squinting Into The Beautiful Overhot Sun

Posted on 18 May 2020 at 6:40am

Deerhoof are streaming Damaged Eyes Squinting Into The Beautiful Overhot Sun, the fourth and final single from their Future Teenage Cave Artists album which is coming up later this month.

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Hurts share new track Voices

Posted on 18 May 2020 at 6:29am

 

Hurts have shared their new track Voices.

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