August 21st, 2020

Biffy Clyro share video for the Celebration Of Endings track Space

Posted on 21 Aug 2020 at 9:58am

 

As they look all set to have their fourth UK number one album confirmed later today, Biffy Clyro have shared a video for the Celebration Of Endings track Space.

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Album Review: I Like Trains – KOMPROMAT

Posted on 21 Aug 2020 at 7:07am

If paranoia had a sound, what would it be? The echo of footsteps behind? The whir of a CCTV camera as it turned its facial recognition sights on you? The rustle of gloved hands going through your rubbish?

I Like Trains have spent the intervening eight years since the release of their last album The Shallows (2016’s A Divorce Before Marriage soundtracked their own documentary) watching on from the sidelines in their home city of Leeds, quietly marking up the erosions in freedom and privacy which have been the sacrifice every citizen has had to make for trans-Atlantic nationalism.

Forming in the early noughties over a mutual love of Joy Division, The Birthday Party, Television and The Velvet Underground, for the quintet the embers of KOMPROMAT – the Russian term for compromising political material – can be found in the state secrets former American spook Edward Snowden leaked in 2013. The revelations they contained of moral corruption, shotgun diplomacy and the abrogation of national and international law became, as singer David Martin has said, ‘the album’s theme’, one which they interpolate throughout an exercise that trusts no-one.

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Album Review: The Killers – Imploding The Mirage

Posted on 21 Aug 2020 at 6:01am

On release one breathless critic declared The Killers’ Mr. Brightside as the greatest single in the history of pop, ever.

Even remembering that this was 2004, the idea still seemed more than a little far-fetched. After all, weren’t the Las Vegas quartet just decanting their love of New Order, The Cure, Duran Duran and dozens of other 80’s new wave bands through the lyrical cross hairs of The Breakfast Club, or Pretty In Pink? The very idea of this neo-tribute being the greatest single, ever, sounded ridiculous and wrong. But yet, you had to admit, also possible.

An incalculable amount of stuff has gone on since then of course, from absentee members/non-members (guitarist Dave Keuning seems determined to continue with a so-far modest solo career) to Brandon Flowers and family leaving the band’s alma mater Las Vegas for Utah. Less salubrious has been the emergence of as-yet-unproven allegations of sexual misconduct made against their touring party.

How have all these things affected the band who at one point in the late noughties seemed to have no natural predators? Simple. They’ve taken one sniff of rock’s angsty, downsized prevailing winds and performed a 180. Imploding The Mirage is a record designed to do the opposite to its title.

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Ellie Goulding posts video for Brightest Blue track Love I’m Given

Posted on 21 Aug 2020 at 5:24am

Ellie Goulding has kept the momentum of her recent Brightest Blue album going with the release of an official video for Love I’m Given.

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Dizzee Rascal confirms E3 AF album details, streams L.L.L.L (Love Life Live Large) track

Posted on 21 Aug 2020 at 5:03am

Dizzee Rascal has confirmed the full details of his seventh album after announcing its title and release date on social media earlier this week.

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New Music Friday: Bright Eyes, Secret Machines

Posted on 21 Aug 2020 at 4:28am

Albums from Bright Eyes and Secret Machines have been released today on New Music Friday – have a listen on Live4ever.

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