Guide Dog are a trio from Cardiff and this is their debut album Lovely Domestic Bliss. I’ve always been partial to a bit of domestic bliss myself, and have found that over the years I’ve learned how to achieve such harmony. As a male and a boyfriend, I’ve learned that the secret to keeping the peace is to just do everything you’re told and agree with everything. Everything. Sure, it’ll leave you a broken husk of a man, but at least you’ll be able to watch TV shows in peace.
Change is Gonna Come is the debut EP from Sheffield’s The Harringtons. Having formed in 2014 at just the tender age of sixteen, this trio are set to join the ranks of the north’s greatest with a collection of tracks determined to make you enjoy the finer things in life. ‘Everybody Knows’ kicks off the EP with a sound that bounces around the eardrums with upbeat guitar riffs and sing-a-long harmonies that anyone could join in to. See what I mean? It’s hard not to kick off the EP with a smile on your face.
Co-pilgrim have been one of the standout bands discovered through music blogging. Their 2014 effort Plumes remains one of my favourite albums of all time, and I’m so glad they answered the lugholes’ open music invitation – they’ve been satisfied ever since. This year they return with new album Moon Lagoon, their third in as many years.
Fleet Foxes are a special kind of band. Since their inception back in 2008, they have continually managed to remain relevant and dazzle a wide audience while also keeping to their original sound. Following five years away from the spotlight curated by the seminal Helplessness Blues back in 2011, Robin Pecknold and co return with third album Crack-Up.
2010 was a strange era in Music as it was truly the time where the Internet was recognised as a solid platform for literally anyone to release music and have it heard. It was around the time that the “Vapour Wave” trend washed ashore, and I’ll always have Washed Out pegged down as the main contributor of that. But you know what they always say: if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down. Fortunately Washed Out’s new album is titled Mister Mellow, so there’s no need to flush today.
I’ve discovered some great bands through Sounds Good and one of the very best has got to be The Lunar Year. Since stumbling across their debut single ‘Porcelain’ on a Youtube video and receiving a submission email from them I’ve been hooked. They’ve continued to astound with the likes of ‘Porcelain’ and last single ‘Backyard Deck’ and now they’re ready to unleash their debut album Herodias.
The singles provided a wide scope of sound which The Lunar Year explored wonderfully. The piano-driven ballad ‘Porcelain’ produced a cold, stark atmosphere which was thankfully warmed by the addition of instruments on the folk-collaborative project that is ‘Backyard Deck’. These two tracks showed that The Lunar Year are talented individuals who actively look to stretch their sound as vast as possible to achieve different results, which is why I’m particularly stoked to check out Herodias.