NEW RELEASES! We’re a little late this week but that doesn’t mean we’re short on tunes. This time round we’re showing and telling seven stunners from Spiritualized, Ty Segall, Body Type, Julia Holter, The Molochs, Kurt Vile and the Arctic Monkeys. Plus, a new clip from legendary ladies Stonefield!
JULIA HOLTER – I SHALL LOVE 2 (DOMINO)
Holter’s wilful eclecticism tends to lead anywhere but where expectation suggests. Sometimes taxing she’s always captivating. Here her vocal hook sounds a little like Annie Lennox’s ‘No More "I Love You's" but that’s where that similarity ends. It’s minimal and perhaps even a disconcerting soundscape through which Julia’s solipsistic romanticism plies its way.
TY SEGALL – I’M A MAN (IN THE RED RECORDS)
He re-imagined ‘Every 1’s A Winner’ on Freedom’s Goblin and now it seems like Segall is on a covers bent. In fact, he’s putting out an album of ‘em and leading the charge is a cover of Spencer Davis’ ‘I’m A Man’.
BODY TYPE – PALMS (INERTIA/PARTISAN)
Schooled in Australian post punk Sydney’s BT continue to push their music to a promising place.
KURT VILE – BASSACKWARDS (MATADOR)
As the title suggests there’s plenty of counter clockwise musical motions filtering throughout this mix but still Vile can’t evade his trade mark and easy-going charm. Would he even want to? ‘Bassackwards’ is daydreaming well into the night.
STONEFIELD – THROUGH THE STORM (GREENWAY)
In lieu of a North American tour, Stonefield are putting out a limited edition “7 with US label Greenway. A fine bit of wax but the real treat here is a new clip for Far From Earth’s ‘Through The Storm’.
SPIRITUALIZED – DAMAGED (BELLA UNION/INERTIA)
Ladies and gentlemen, we are, once again, floating in space. Or are we? The Spaced Man welcomes you back to his forlorn cosmos but where is he now, so many years on? Did he come crashing down to earth or is he still walking the stars. Is he lost or found? It may take some time to digest but ‘Damaged’ and the album it accompanies more than demonstrate this cult wanderers’ majestic return to form (if ever in fact he lost it).
THE MOLOCHS – TO KICK IN A LOVERS DOOR (INNOVATIVE LEISURE/INERTIA)
The Molochs are one of those groups who wear their influences close to their chest – in this case, it’s Galaxie 500’s ‘Strange’. Their mission is to bring the past’s obscured pantheon of underground greats forward again and into the future, to keep the fire burning. In the reverent heyday of indie that wouldn’t has been too much to hoot ‘n’ holler about, but now that very few seem to be doing it at all it’s a mission once again sacred. The track arrives as part of their full record Flowers In The Spring which dropped last Friday. SECOND LISTEN: Not sure what all that previously analytical babble was about this song is great.
ARCTIC MONKEYS – ' -- ' (SPOTIFY)
The Arctic Monkeys do, uh, Lincolnshire’s Stephen Fretwell? Very much a continuation of the moody grandeur of Tranquility Base.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald