Archive | September, 2014

Banks – Begging For Thread

27 Sep

Banks’ Goddess album in the deluxe form is a rather lengthy listen – 18 tracks. However, on long train rides around the country this past couple of weeks I have had it playing through my headphones and at times it felt like it penetrated parts of my brain never reached before. It’s an intense, brooding listen and quite simply a breathtaking collection of songs.

Megan Washington – Limitless

27 Sep

Found this young woman by total accident trawling through the Australian charts to see where The Veronicas’ single landed (number 1!!). ‘Limitless’ is a wondrous bit of new romanticism and has left me whizzing off to Amazon to import her album which appears to be doing pretty well on the ARIA chart.

Holly Palmer – I Will

26 Sep

Posting this for no other reason than it’s a bloody marvellous song. This is from Holly’s stunning self released album ‘Songs For Tuesday’. We fell in love with that album so intensely we ended up giving our daughter the middle name Holly. This album, and in particular this song, will always remind us of driving to the hospital in labour and blasting the album through the car stereo. Holly’s been busy raising her own small person (you can read and learn about her son Maceo’s incredible bravery here¬†http://vimeo.com/maceomckay/videos ) but has an album in the works tenatively named ‘I Dare You To Love Me’. Still one of the most criminally underrated singer songwriters around today.

Perfume Genius – Grid

26 Sep

Perfume Genius’ new album ‘Too Bright’ has met with universal acclaim. I gave it a spin yesterday for the first time and it’s a stunning listening experience. Sometimes hard, sometimes heartbreaking but music should sometimes be challenging and something you have to work at. The effort will be worth it and this is going to be an album which you grow into, noticing new layers with every listen.

Royal Blood – Come On Over

26 Sep

Not the kind of thing I usually listen to but these two guys are almost single handedly keeping British rock music, well, rocking in 2014. There are obvious White Stripes comparisons but I see a bit of a pop sensibility in their songwriting – they have some huge hooks across the album, which debuted at number one upon release.

Geoffrey O’Connor – Jacqueline

21 Sep

I just imported this chap’s new album ‘Fan Fiction’ and it’s quite something. Sounding like a blend of early to mid 80s synth artists like Stephen Tin Tin Duffy, The Lotus Eaters, Thomas Dolby and with a bit of 90s Pulp swagger too. ‘Jacqueline’ is the track which first caught my attention although follow up single ‘Her Name On Every Tongue’ is a cult classic waiting to happen.

Josef Salvat – In Your Prime EP

21 Sep

London based Aussie Josef Salvat has been taking his time since coming to our attention with the 1-2 punch of ‘This Life’ and ‘Hustler’ over a year ago. Now signed to Sony he has just released his exquisite EP ‘In Your Prime’. As well as new track ‘Shoot And Run’ which I have included here, there’s a gorgeous, sweeping cover of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’. I suspect he may still be billed as a male answer to Lana Del Rey but there’s something really quite special about our Josef – 2015 could be his year.

Ryan Adams – My Wrecking Ball

20 Sep

Not the Miley Cyrus song! This man remains one of my most favourite male soloists. His back catalogue is simply incredible with album after album of the highest quality songwriting and musicianship. His success in the UK has been sporadic but the new self-titled album went to number 6 last week – and rightly deserved because it’s a bloody great album. Here’s one of the many album highlights ‘My Wrecking Ball’. He rocked on Later with Jools this week as well.

Johnny Stimson – Obsession (and gig at new London venue The Stillery)

20 Sep

Johnny just keeps hitting the mark with his single releases. Obsession may be his best and indeed funkiest yet. Part JT, a bit Princey, the showmanship of Buble but with the indie cool of Foster the People or Junior Prom – it’s a helluva tune. I am also excited to hear that Johnny is nipping across the pond for a date at new Camden venue The Stillery next month.

The Veronicas – You Ruin Me

20 Sep

The wait for the sisters’ new album has been somewhat lengthy – culminating in a change of record label this year. Tracks were teased, then disappeared and release dates have come and gone. Finally this week we have a new track to download and a video to watch. This is not quite the direction I was expecting – far less Gaga and much more Christina Perri. Indeed this is a bit Jar of Hearts part 2. The vocals are crystal clear and these girls could yet have another huge international hit on their hands.