August 8th, 2020

Album Review: Ian Skelly – Drifters Skyline

Posted on 08 Aug 2020 at 6:58am

If there’s nothing you can be certain of more, then it’s that whatever your circumstances there will always be plenty of advice you don’t need.

Mostly drummer for The Coral, Ian Skelly began the process of recording Drifters Skyline whilst dealing with personal loss and its attendant emotions; instead of burying his head in a self-help book however, the choice was to relocate for a few days to Berlin with producer and muse Paul McKinnel, where a new joy was discovered in the process. Smiling on the outside, Skelly explained: ‘Pouring your sad heart out on a song is self-indulgent…What should have been work in the studio turned out to be a jolly’.

The approach, it seems, could’ve been encapsulated in the title Laugh To Keep Me From Crying, but nothing’s forced here, opener Captain Caveman one misplaced chord away from tiki lounge chintz, the words a disarming stream of consciousness: ‘Sha Lang, Sha Lang/Oogum Boogum, Rolling Stones/Flying Burritos and Country Joe/Watch Captain Caveman save the day’.

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Track Of The Week: Annie Taylor – Where The Grass Is Greener

Posted on 08 Aug 2020 at 6:24am

Our pick of the week’s new tracks comes from Switzerland’s Annie Taylor, who less than a year after their debut EP Not Yours! are ready to put out their first long player on September 4th.

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Fontaines D.C. top UK Record Store Chart with A Hero’s Death

Posted on 08 Aug 2020 at 5:43am

Fontaines D.C. might have missed out to the Taylor Swift marketing machinery on the main rundown, but their new album A Hero’s Death has proved to be the most popular at Britain’s leading record shops during the past week.

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