Can rock ‘n’ roll save our mortal souls? Not sure, but here’s eight righteous tunes that suggest there might just be a little hope. This week’s collection features sounds from The Babe Rainbow, Snail Mail, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Spiritualized, Deaf Wish, Stella Donnelly, Phantastic Ferniture and jazz legend John Coltrane himself.
THE BABE RAINBOW -SUPERMOON (FLIGHTLESS)
Where did modern psychedelia begin? Doesn’t matter. Anywhere a few kids look to supplant the dead zones of modern music for obsession with ages past there’s bound to be a righteous noise.
PHANTASTIC FERNITURE - GAP YEAR (CAROLINE/SPUNK)
Led by Julia Jacklin’s vocals this Blue Mountains outfit taps into a state of spaced out loneliness. Gap Year deals in the uncertainty of existence. Joyful, sad and all the greys between delivered in a single moment, Ferniture hits you and leaves you wanting more.
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER – THE HAMMER (SUB POP)
Another sparkling guitar number from this outfit’s forthcoming LP. The Blackouts are looking into out into the cosmos, pondering a picture of something bigger. ‘Hammer’ draws their listener into that headspace.
SPIRITUALIZED – I’M YOUR MAN (BELLA UNION/PIAS)
Spaced out veterans of neo-psych return to accentuate their brassy soul.
DEAF WISH - FFS (SUB POP)
We’re in the midst of a word drunk post punk revival. But wasn’t the spirit of the original post punks to sound like nothing which had come before? Acts like Deaf Wish are making good on the promise this movement can be something more than a sonic facsimile.
SNAIL MAIL- SPEAKING TERMS (MATADOR/REMOTE CONTROL)
Emotional conviction stirring in the depth of thought.
STELLA DONNELLY – TALKING (SPLIT SINGLES CLUB)
Window gazing ruminations from The Don.
JOHN COLTRANE – UNTITLED ORIGINAL 11383 (VERVE LABEL GROUP)
Jazz was where rock’s larger than life persona and rebellious spirit fermented before it crossed over to mass audience and myth. And of this brethren Trane was one of the all-time greats. There was too much music in him for a single lifetime.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald