Sunday, January 30, 2022

The Wombats: Fix Yourself, Not The World (Album of the Week)

Liverpool's own The Wombats are back with yet another stellar record. Fix Yourself, Not The World is upbeat dream pop music at its finest. The twelve tracks on the record are pure bliss. 

Here is one of the real bangers...

This is a band whose entire catalog absolutely needs to be in your collection. Yesterday. 

Cat Power: Covers

Cat Power's latest release is a fine example of how to do a covers record. Pick songs that have personal meaning, delve deeply into back catalogs of amazing artists, and rework them to fit them to a unique style. 


Saturday, January 29, 2022

Fka Twigs: Caprisongs

The pride of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Fka Twigs, has just released a "mixtape" record and it is phenomenal. The smooth grooves and the feel of love make Caprisongs something perfect to curl up to in the dead of winter!

Here is one of my favorite tracks. 

Monday, January 24, 2022

The Weeknd: Dawn FM (Album of the Week)

Every time I listen to The Weeknd, my heart and soul race back to the '80s. I remember all those teenage drama moments at the dances, by the lake, the endless house parties, and chillin' at the 7/11. He's just so tapped into that vibe that it's honestly scary. 

His latest, Dawn FM, is a simple and perfect forty-year-old dream...

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Bonobo: Fragments

Brighton's own Bonobo just dropped his seventh long-player. Fragments is a further expansion of the already magnificent universe of soundscapes in which this artist resides. It's one of those records you can throw on and just mind fly away...

Friday, January 21, 2022

The Lumineers: Brightside

The pride of Denver, Colorado has just released their fourth long-player.  The Lumineers' Brightside is another magnificent installment in the alt-country. The record just hums along beautifully. 

Here is the opening track...

Monday, January 17, 2022

Richard Ashcroft: Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 (Album of the Week)

Richard Ashcroft is a god (small g version) so when he puts out something (rare event), the world should sit up and take notice. Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 is a collection of reinterpretations of his best works. The 12 tracks truly showcase what an amazing talent this Wigan native is. And it looks like there will be more volumes to come being this is listed as the first!

Friday, January 14, 2022

Damon Albarn: The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

Brit rock legend Damon Albarn's continues his magnificent musical odyssey with The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows. This is the third solo record from the Blur front man and was originally conceived as a soundtrack for the landscape of Iceland. Albarn decided to expand it into a larger concept.

It's a great piece of music to take your mind on a journey. Here is a taste...

Monday, January 10, 2022

Robert Plant & Alison Kraus: Raise The Roof (Album of the Week)

The dynamic duo of Robert Plant and Alison Kraus snuck out their sophomore effort at the end of 2021 and it really was a lovely way to close out the year. Raise The Roof picks up where their 2007 record, Raising Sand, left off. 

Haunting, contemplative, loving, and spiritual...all at once and so much more...

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Marissa Nadler: The Path Of The Clouds

Boston's own Marissa Nadler latest record, The Path Of The Clouds, is a gem from start to finish. It's been one of those deep soaker albums over the last few weeks that I keep coming back to because I just can't get enough of it. It takes me on a different journey each time I listen to it. 

Here is the title track...

Monday, January 3, 2022

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Barn (Album of the Week)

Neil keeps churning out the good tunes. His latest, Barn, seems him teamed back up with Crazy Horse. The album offers all the classic sounds, soft and loud, that he has been known for over the years. It's nice to hear music with actual instruments still being made and made well. 

Here is one of my favorite tracks...