St. Vincent has been steadily honing her craft over the last few years, going from an aspiring modern-day guitar god into a being who likes to dip their toes into the strange. Her new album is called MASSEDUCTION and she’s ditched the wild platinum locks for a Doctor Foster-esque bob and even gotten her bottom out for the album artwork too. Cheeky.
Everything Everything are possibly the most underrated band around today. These guys have been politely digging away at honing their sound into one that adds a bit of depth and character to modern Pop music, and it’s only until 2015’s Get To Heaven that the masses began to notice. A Fever Dream is the band’s new album and it’s another dazzling display of Pop music with a bit of topical deepness to it.
If you’re new to the blog and have just stumbled upon it please be aware that I am a huge fan of Queens of the Stone Age. The following review may contain scenes of giddy screaming, hints of hyperventilation and a smidge of tears. Today marks the release of QOTSA’s seventh album Villains, and with the world seemingly becoming switched on to the talent of the Desert-dusted veterans it’s possibly their most anticipated record yet. Coming four years after the release of the seminal …Like Clockwork, Villains looks set to build upon the foundations of a new beginning and head off on another journey of re-discovery. With producer Mark Ronson involved, this record is finally the soundtrack behind Josh Homme’s ‘Ginger Elvis’ moniker. It’s heavy, it’s sentimental, and it knows how to dance.
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.
Arcade Fire has returned with new album Everything Now. Since erupting into the mainstream with 2010’s seminal hit The Suburbs, the Canadian collective have tried to embrace a new sound that offered a little less realistic sadness and more disco-tinged nights instead. Their first effort – 2013’s Reflektor – delivered a catchy but bloated listen, like how’d you feel heading for the dancefloor after polishing off a curry. However, with Everything Now it seems Arcade Fire have trimmed down a little and avoided the curry, heading straight into the disco ball instead.
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.