Forget the snow. Dig in to this week’s new releases. The Specials have released their first new music for 37 years, Busted are back with the follow up to 2016’s ‘Night Driver’ and Girlpool have treated us to their third full-length.
Head below if you’re still in the mood for more.
Andy Burrows and Matt Haig – ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ (Fiction/Caroline)
This week, it seems that the cool things are Fleet based. If the things that we loved this week were a group of ships instead of a listicle-style blog post, they would definitely be a fleet. Excuse my ramblings. It’s been a long week.
Fleet Foxes – Icicle Tusk
Indie-folk band Fleet Foxes are releasing a special edition collection of rarities, b-side, and early records. For the die-hard mega fans who say they liked the band before they were cool (you know who you are), this will be a dream come true.
‘First Collection 2006-2009’ will consist of the band’s self-titled debut LP, ‘The Fleet Foxes’ EP on 10″, the ‘Sun Giant’ EP on 10″ vinyl, and a handful of b-sides and rarities on 10″. Check out the full track listing of what’s involved here. For now, you can listen to Icicle Tusk, one of the early songs from their debut. It’s b.e.a.u.t.
Lindsay Buckingham was dropped from the line up just a few months ago, but the remaining members of the band have announced they will touch down in London, Dublin and Berlin in June 2019. You can kick out one of the lead singers, but you can never break the chain.
A biopic based on the meteoric rise of Queen was released this week. Original plans were for Sacha Baron Cohen to take the lead role, but it is Rami Malek (of Mr Robot) who takes over the God-like role of Mr Mercury. It’s had mixed reviews. Is this the real life? Uh, no. Is this just fantasy? Nope, not quite that either. You’ll just have to find out yourself.
Beirut – ‘Gallipoli’
Beirut are back! A new album, their first since 2015’s ‘No No No’ is due for release on February 11.
‘Gallipoli’ has an extensive back story behind it, which details Zachary Condon’s falling out of love with New York, recording crunchy noise through only broken amplifiers, uprooting to Berlin and a priest-led, brass band procession in a small village in rural Italy. Do give it a read, it’s very interesting.
First up from the new album is its title track, featuring not only those scraps of fuzzy brass and a pulsing beat to mirror the procession but also Condon’s soothing vocals that fans have become so familiar with over the past decade or so. The track was recorded in one 10 hour studio frenzy.
Beirut also announced UK and European tour dates – check them out here.
Happy almost-weekend to you, dear reader. Congrats on making it this far in the week – one small push left until two days of freedom. Here’s a lil somethin’ somethin’ to help you on your way.
Kiran Leonard – Legacy Of Neglect
Fancy something to catch you off guard? If you’ve got eight minutes to spare, this track will be time well spent. Kiran Leonard isn’t going to let anyone get bored. Starting off as a sweet acoustic song, within two minutes he’s joined by the floating harmonies of Let’s Eat Grandma (recent winners of Best Album at the Q Magazine’s Awards), and angular, distorted guitars are added to the mix in a sort of art-punk style, before it all goes nuts at the end. Have fun.
Chastity Belt – It’s Obvious video
Featured on last year’s album ‘I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone’, Chastity Belt’s It’s Obvious is a reverb-heavy, ethereal track that deserves a suitably subdued video. Enter Claire Buss, director, who casts a group of elderly women in matching pastel clothing to make a fruit smoothie in the slowest way possible. What this got to do with the song? Beats me. Now where are my grapes…
After releasing their first song for over four years back in April, Friendly Fires have now shared the second cut from a new album expected next year. Co-produced by Disclosure, it’s difficult not to hear the influence of the deep-house duo on Heaven Let Me In, resulting in a club-soaked groove.
The band have always had a sense of fun about their tracks, and fitting in with their new beats-based sound, Ed Macfarlane and co have announced a club tour, playing through the night in Newcastle, London and Bristol next month. Tickets are on sale now.
Public service announcement: Beirut are doing things! They’ve gone with an update of social media profile pictures to blank, grey boxes, and a short video clip as an indication of new things occurring.