Rather irregularly, I have downloaded several new albums this month. I didn’t even know that most of these people were making new records, so in the interests of public service (NB these are not reviews – that sort of behaviour remains the least favourible part of my career history) here be a list:
Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia
Patrick Wolf did something a bit stupid earlier this month. When a fan told him that his new album had leaked, he tweeted “Why you all tweeting me that you just downloaded my album from a leak? Why not burgle your friend tonight then call the cops to show off too” – thereby informing the entire world that his new album had been leaked. Up until then, I wasn’t even aware that it was in production.
Needless to say, I then proceeded to steal it. Because I only semi-like his albums at best, and wanted to see if this was any good before forking over for a whole album of songs that had nothing to do with Alec Empire. Here’s a song that is not bad at all:
Nerina Pallot – Year of the Wolf
She’s replied to my tweets twice, I’ve seen her live for free, and she wrote songs for Kylie. I enjoy Nerina Pallot. It’s rare to find a female acoustic musician that doesn’t sing about their vagina or children all the time, but she’s managed to do it. And I’m writing this on a Sunday too, for which her music is perfectly suited.
Gomez – Whatever’s On Your Mind
Firstly, if you don’t have any of Gomez’s other albums, get them now. If you like Elbow, Bloc Party, Friendly Fires, or any of that “we use real instruments but make atypical noises with them” stuff, download their backcatalogue now. Whippin’ Piccadilly and 78 Stone Wobble are among their best.
Nextly, enjoy Options, the first single from their new album, which can be downloaded for free from the band’s website.
Evaline – Woven Material
This album took far too long to see the light of day. Ever stood in a queue for 48 hours to see your favourite band only to be more blown away by the support act? (I’m not really anticipating many yeses to that) That’s what Evaline did to me at the Brixton Academy last September. It had been a while since I’d seen intelligent, captivating rock music performed with such passion. These six (I think) musicians left the audience on such a high that we didn’t really care as much that Placebo – the headliners – were recycling a setlist that they had strategically honed and choreographed all year for a another DVD recording that we kind of anticipated would never be released.
Placebo – as flawless and moist as they are on record – may well find themselves with a half-empty room the next time they tour. Evaline, however, won a few thousand fans that night.
The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
Another album that took a while to be released. This actually came out a few months ago, but it’s festival season, so a good time to remind you that they’re good.
Atari Teenage Riot – Is This Hyperreal
TENYERANNIVERSARY SOCIALISM NAZI SCUM ATARI TEENAGE RIOT RECORD LABELS ATARI TEENAGE RIOT STEALING TERRORISM FIGHT GOVERNMENT NEW SOUND HARDCORE ATARI TEENAGE RIOT
Basically, this sounds like Atari Teenage Riot. Which, for anyone who’s ever seen them live, means a barrage of mind/ear blasting noise that somehow makes sense and leaves you craving more. Who cares if the lyrics are incomprehensible or alienating? It sounds like 800 Prodigy albums on speed with politics! Well, whatever bands make that hipster electro music mixed with political/I am a computer lyrics, anyway.
This, however, is the worst music video I have ever seen. Epileptics beware.