Summer’s been a bit quiet hasn’t it? I was away on holiday, moving home, and hitting up music filled fields. There wasn’t much time to put out album and EP reviews – aside from the excellent debut effort from Folda.
Today I just wanted to drop an update on what music (new and old) I have been listening to over summer, and set out (more just as a public promise to hold myself to) what we’ll be reviewing in the coming months.
Let’s get stuck in.
In Our Ears
Earlier this month, the annual SAY Award (Scottish Album of the Year) longlist was announced. Of the twenty albums nominated, there were some I already knew and loved (Adam Holmes and The Embers‘ Midnight Milk, Franz Ferdinand‘s Always Ascending, Pronto Mama‘s Any Joy, and Siobhan Wilson‘s There Are No Saints). But the joy of the SAY Award for me is that is always unearths some stunning albums I would never usually come across.
I have particularly fallen in love with Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy‘s record A Pocketful of Wind Resistance, a collection of songs which paints stories across the landscape of Scotland. It’s beautiful, hopeful, heart wrenching and charming all at once. A must listen.
Best Girl Athlete‘s self titled album is another record which took me by surprise. There’s a wonderful effortlessness to every track, blending strings and orchestral elements with bulky electronic beats and with subtlety and precision. It’s a wonderful experience from start to end.
What else? The new singles from The Dirty Nil are really exciting, no surprises there!
I’ve been slow to the party, but Joyce Manor have become a big part of my world, and I’m not looking back.
Before and after their performance at TRNSMT, I had Confidence Man on heavy rotation. Their debut album is chockablock full of party anthems.
At the end of the month, IDLES new album Joy As An Act Of Resistance is released, we will be reviewing that.
Then we get in to a very busy September, which includes releases from (deep breath) Boston Manor, The Dirty Nil, Pale Waves, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Fatherson, Arcane Roots, Black Honey, Christine & The Queens, Joyce Manor and – so the whispers say – MewithoutYou.
I’m targeting Boston Manor, The Dirty Nil, WWPJ, Fatherson, Christine & The Queens, and MewithoutYou for reviews, but whether we squeeze them all in is another question.
So that’s what we’ve got planned for the next couple of months. As always, we are open to submissions from bands for EP/Album reviews and interviews, so get in touch with us at [email protected] if you have a new release you would like us to cover.
See you soon!