There is absolutely loads to choose from this week, and it’s a mixed bag so there should be a little something for everyone. Coldplay have followed up 2019’s ‘Everyday Life’, Billie Eilish’s brother, collaborator, producer and Grammy Award-winner Finneas has dropped his debut solo album, as has the South London-based singer-songwriter Joy Crookes.
Head below for more new music.
A.A. Williams – ‘Arco’ (EP) (Bella Union)
Aquilo – ‘A Safe Place To Be’ (AWAL Recordings)
Baker Boy – ‘Gela’ (Island)
The Beatles – ‘Let It Be – Super Deluxe’ (Universal/Calderstone)
The Charlatans – ‘A Head Full Of Ideas’ (Box Set) (Republic Of Music)
Carlos Santana – ‘Blessings and Miracles’ (BMG)
Coldplay – ‘Music Of The Spheres’ (Parlophone)
Disclosure – ‘Disclosure: DJ – Kicks (DJ Mix)’ (!K7)
David Keenan – ‘What then?’ (Rubyworks)
Eva Cassidy – ‘Live At Blues Alley – 25th Anniversary Edition’ (Blix Street)
Finneas – ‘Optimist’ (Interscope)
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes – ‘Sticky’ (International Death Cult)
The Georgia Thunderbolts – ‘Can We Get A Witness’ (Mascot)
Gracey – ‘Fragile’ (EP) (Polydor)
Hayden Thorpe – ‘Moondust For My Diamond’ (Domino)
John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies – ‘Halloween Kills OST’ (Sacred Bones)
Johnny Marr – ‘Fever Dreams, Pt. 1’ (EP) (BMG)
Joy Crookes – ‘Skin’ (Insanity/Sony)
JP Cooper – ‘She’ (Island)
Judas Priest – ‘Reflections: 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music’ (Sony)
Kelly Clarkson – ‘When Christmas Comes Around…’ (Atlantic)
Paul Weller – ‘Days Of Speed + Illumination’ (vinyl reissues) (Craft)
PinkPantheress – ‘To hell with it’ (Parlophone)
Remi Wolf – ‘Juno’ (Island)
Scott Von Ryper – ‘Dream State Treasure’ (tran-si-ent)
Tom Morello – ‘The Atlas Underground Fire’ (Mom+Pop)
Look, I know this is such a fickle thing to care about right now, but this week, I have managed to land myself in another quarantine-induced period of comfort listening. My reliable album of choice, you ask? 1967’s ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, which, in one of my many questionable musical opinions that make me rather ill-suited to my job, I believe is the Beatles’ greatest body of work. Sue me!
Forget the age-old debate of whether it can actually be recognised as an LP or not (it was originally released as a double EP in the UK), ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ is an instant mood booster. It’s inarguably joyous, and now, in 2020, works as an instantaneous balm against the constant background hum of anxiety that this global pandemic has flared up for many of us.
Now that my life is devoid of my usual routines for the foreseeable, I am holding on tightly to anything and everything that may spark some sense of familiarity. And guess what? It seems that I am not alone in turning to the Fab Four in a time of crisis.
On May 10, Welsh archivist and artist Catrin Saran unveiled ‘Corona Revolver’, a reworking of the Beatles’ 1966 landmark album, ‘Revolver’, in aid of Tarian Cymru, who are currently raising funds to provide health workers in Wales with PPE supplies throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Here, Saran and a group of like-minded musicians have put together a 14-track, non-profit project that re-imagines some of the legendary group’s finest tunes; Bete Pest spins Love You To into a spaced-out, synth-flecked daydream, Safari Art’s take on Taxman sees the classic hit plod along with a newfound psychedelic gloss, and elsewhere, Plastercast Peacock shakes up the haunting Eleanor Rigby with pitch-shifted vocals and processed beats. And if the whole thing couldn’t get any more ingenious, Cardiff-based artist Rosie Daffern’s accompanying artwork sees the Beatles don face masks, around a collage of all those involved with the making of the album.
‘Corona Revolver’ is free to stream on Bandcamp, but Saran is encouraging listeners to make donations to Tarian Cymru. Da iawn, team.
It seems that Stockport’s indie darlings Blossoms have also been in a similar mindset of late, made evident by their cover of 1966’s Paperback Writer, which appeared on streaming services earlier this week.
Blossoms – Paperback Writer (In Isolation)
Blossoms are beloved regulars of the British festival circuit, but with 2020 now being called a write-off for practically all mass gatherings (let alone thousands of festival punters in a sticky field), how will the band keep their live act together? With the help of their instruments, various household items and Zoom calls, it seems.
Over the past few weeks, the band have shared a dozen videos via their social media platforms, all of which feature clips of each respective band member jamming out in self-isolation to create note-perfect covers. Paperback Writer is one of the many classic tracks that they have reworked, alongside hit singles from other iconic artists such as Tame Impala, Frank Ocean and…themselves.
They are set to compile these tracks onto a new project titled ‘Blossoms In Isolation’, which is set to receive a physical release later this year, though a final date is yet to be confirmed. Keep your eyes (and ears) out for any news — you will definitely want to add a copy to your record shelves.
Right, enough Beatles talk for now. Believe it or not, I have managed to find just enough listening time to discover some new music too! Bristol singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist James Humphrys’s latest single, Colour, has become quite the infectious earworm throughout the week, often inspiring the odd dance break at my desk.
James Humphrys – Colour
Marking the first taste of Humphrys’s forthcoming second EP, Colour sparkles with indie-pop ambition as it bounces along an addictive, kinetic groove. The funk-tinged track refuses to wear out after repeated listens, partially due to the fact that Humphrys boasts fretwork so nifty that it could rival that of South London’s golden boy Tom Misch.
Colour will certainly whet your appetite for a few more infectious, textual rhythms (complete with a cheeky trumpet solo) from Humphrys, but you’ll have to wait until July 10, when he is set to drop his ‘Memory Place’ EP. Get your dancing shoes ready!
This week is so busy! Tegan and Sara have released an album consisting of songs they wrote in high school and recently recorded, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have offered up a new EP and The Beatles are celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Abbey Road’ with an impressive reissue.
If none of that floats your boat, head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.
Automatic – ‘Signal’ (Stones Throw)
The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road (50th Anniversary)’ (Calderstone Productions Ltd/Apple Corps Ltd)
David Hasselhoff – ‘Open Your Eyes’ (Cleopatra Records)
DaBaby – ‘KIRK’ (South Coast Music Group/Interscope Records)
Dragonforce – ‘Extreme Power Metal’ (EarMusic via Absolute)
Girl Band – ‘The Talkies’ (Rough Trade)
Grateful Dead – ‘Saint of Circumstance: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 6/17/91’ (Rhino)
HELLYEAH – ‘Welcome Home’ (Eleven Seven Music)
John Coltrane – ‘Blue World’ (Impulse! Records/Universal)
On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot dead by Mark Chapman as he entered the Dakota, his New York apartment building. As a member of the Beatles, in tandem with his songwriting partner Paul McCartney, Lennon changed the face of popular music. He had released ‘Double Fantasy’ a matter of weeks before his death.
On May 1, 1965 the Beatles hit #1 on the UK album chart with their fourth studio LP, ‘Beatles For Sale’, for the third time, having already reached the top spot with it on February 27, 1965 and December 19, 1964.