Things We Love This Week: Bombay Bicycle Club, Frank Turner, Bonobo

Hey hun, u ok? Glad to have you back with us for another exciting edition of Learn To Cook With Coriander. This week, we’ve got some interesting recip… Oh wait. I’m at the wrong class. You’re here for music you say? Well I’m sure I can rustle something up.

Bombay Bicycle Club

This iconic indie band are back from a five year hiatus, and it’s the best news. They’ve been relatively active since January, teasing new music and announcing various shows all very far away from the Stereoboard office — Who’s got time to go all the way to Cork? I wish!

Fortunately, this year also happens to coincide with the release of their debut (and in my opinion, best) album. ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ is a lesson in emotional guitar playing while still leaving the listener absolutely hooked, and varies from delicate finger picking to almost grunge-like distortion at times. That combined with Jack Steadman’s vulnerable vocal style is what makes their record one I hold dear to my heart.

I can imagine your excitement when this week the Bombay gang announced they’d be playing the LP in full on tour in November. Tickets are on sale now, and you should definitely get one,  or two, or seven. To get you in the mood for the long, long wait for the concerts, listen to some rare demos and previously unheard material that’s been shared to coincide with the announcement.


Frank Turner

Frank Turner’s latest album is inspired by women who’ve been overlooked throughout history. Right on!  He worked solely with female musicians to record it, and production comes from 2018 Producer Of The Year winner Catherine Marks, who’s worked with the likes of Wolf Alice, Foals, the Wombats, the Amazons, the Big Moon, Manchester Orchestra, St Vincent, Frank Carter and the Rattle Snakes… the list goes on.

Turner suspects that if these stories had male protagonists they’d probably be more widely known — his heart is in the right place, but some still aren’t happy with him. Addressing these critics who posit it’s not his place to be writing about such topics, he stated: “It’s not telling anyone what to do or how to live or how to be. If there was a crowded field of people writing songs about Princess Kassiani then I would see the argument for me bowing out, but there isn’t. No-one else is writing these songs right now. That’s why I want to share these stories.” 

While I’m not fussed about the actual song, I like the sentiment. Such influential women need to be celebrated, even if one of them is a murderer… maybe let’s not celebrate that one. But women in general, hell yeah!

Frank has UK tour dates planned this month. Find tickets here.

Bonobo

Lastly, it’s FRIDAY of course! So it’s time to get your club on, courtesy of my main man Simon Green, who you might know better as that musical magician Bonobo. The Los Angeles-based producer has shared a new track, Linked, that is his first new material since January. It could soundtrack a montage video of the wild night out you’re about to have this evening. I know what you’re planning. Where was my invite?

A six-minute long build up transports you to a place of hedonism and revelry, and its laser synths and ethereal vocal flourishes makes you want to lose yourself in darkness and dancing.

While you may not get a chance to see him in the UK any time soon, Bonobo does have a long list of festival sets planned for the summer, including OUTLIER, Mad Cool and Shambala, as well as various other shows dotted around the US.

Alas, dear reader, I am off next week. Good news for me, but how will you cope without your weekly dose of music news?! See you on the other side. 

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