The first studio album in nearly 25 years from Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters since Amused to Death (1992), as well as his first solo album in 12 years since Ça Ira (2005) finds Waters in familiar territory.
2017 has been a fantastic year so far for lovers of good old fashioned classic pop-rock and today we spotlight four vets who have delivered new music that lives up to their immense reputations. Enjoy!
Aussie alt-rock band Screamfeeder return with their first album in 12 years!
The Whistles & the Bells, the moniker of acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Simpson, returns with his sophomore album Modern Plagues via New West Records.
Pop classicist Captain Wilberforce is back with a exciting new album, Black Sky Thinking.
We have been looking intently at the modern pop scene for some time now, hoping and praying that somewhere out there, there is an artist who is able to take the musical elements of the past and make it sound modern, and pointing the way to the future. Well, finally we think we have – and his name is Gabriel Garzón-Montano!
Legendary Detroit band Death has released their single “Cease Fire” and is available digitally via TryAngle Records. The track appears on a vinyl 45 along with “You Are What You Think” (from the Death LP N.E.W.) out. Both tracks along with two additional songs will be released on an EP coming this fall.
Considering how traditional pop-rock is no longer commercially viable (and let’s face this hard truth, puh-lease), we should celebrate this state of affairs instead as it guarantees that – most of the time – new music made in this tradition is going to be genuine and true to the artistic vision of its creator/s. Case in point: Gretchen’s Wheel.
Now for something completely different! Here’s a combination of music and books that is fairly unique from Lusterlit.
Art-rockers British Sea Power are back with a brand new album – its sixth – and it’s a glorious return to the exhilarating, bright-minded guitar music that earned them their breakout nomination for the 2003 Mercury Music Prize as they cover subject matter ranging from the stars in the night sky to the methodology of media manipulation.
As an artist dropped into the world of 90s alternative rock music, Eric Matthews has always been swimming against the tide somewhat.
A melancholy number that will make your day. This is the new single – “Can’t Talk to Anyone” – from Huxley Rittman and the Rusty Hitmen!
Ironic how ‘genre’ labels make so much difference nowadays. Take “pop-punk” – one of the worst rock ‘genres’ ever coined – turn it around to “punk-rock” and it becomes something vital, vibrant and meaningful.
Which brings us to Tales From A Punk Rock Rock Trip a new mini-album split between Hooligan Crooners and B-Leaguers.
We were fortunate to catch Perth rock quartet Rag N’ Bone at last year’s Music Matters Festival and here they are with their highly essential debut album, A Handful of Ash.
Last time we reviewed a Grandaddy album – Just Like the Fambly Cat – it was 2006 and CDs stores were still a thing. In the intervening 11 years, much has changed in the rock landscape (well, rock is dead, they say) but at least Grandaddy is back to remind us that as far as primo pop-rock music is concerned, nothing has to change!
Yet another Aussie band with a firm grip of what pop-rock music is all about, Sydney’s Middle Kids hit all the right notes on its eponymous debut EP.
Pop music is more than modern day hipster folk or EDM or millennial neo-soul. It takes a brave artist in 2017 to reach back into pop history to find inspiration for true pop power. Like Lincoln Barr, perhaps.
So much music, so little time – as we are wont to lament. Sometimes that means being a little late on music releases, even in your own backyard. Such is the case with Teashhur, an Australian singer-songwriter based in Singapore.
Whether rock ‘n’ roll is dead or not becomes a moot point when you are enjoying the new music out there. Case in point – Snowdonia from Surfer Blood.
Proper Ornaments is the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy, Pink Flames).
Now this is what we call pop music!
Dream pop merchants Lightcraft maintain their life-affirming joyous indie rock ministrations with a new EP that fulfils all the promise expressed in 2013 album, Colours of Joy.
The best music, in our humble opinion, is able to take the listener out of himself or herself and into that special place where music does what it does best. To create a magical world where the music is complete in itself and does not require anything else to embellish the sheer pleasure, be it aural, sensual or intellectual.
Electro-soul-pop has been the popular ‘genre’ in recent times amongst indie-loving youth. Much of this approach is middling fare and somewhat generic but as with any other hip & cool ‘genre’ – the distinctive mark of an artist is the attention to melodic development.
Anchorage, AK quintet The Modern Savage will release the Unwilling Participants LP, produced, recorded, and mixed by Brooklyn’s James Frazee (Beck, Patti Smith, Sharon Van Etten, Esperanza Spalding), on January 27.