Oops! Missed a week!! So let’s discover a fortnight’s worth on Spotify.
THE DECEMBERISTS – WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD
Welcome back! The Decemberists represent old school pop-rock values where folk and country music are twinned with alternative rock mindsets. For this new album, Colin Meloy and company also recall their early indie-pop days with bright tunes like “Calvary Captain” and “Philomena” standing out from the stellar quirky country-folk pop fare. Essential!
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN – GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE
Twee pop icons Belle and Sebastian return with a new offering that provides diehard fans with what they are familiar with but with a couple of twists and turns along the way. As the title suggests, there are dance tunes here with “The Party Line” and “The Power of Three” fitting the bill perfectly!
CHRIS SPEDDING – JOYLAND
The English rock and roll and jazz guitarist Chris Spedding, best known for his session work, releases a surprisingly spry new album with a couple of awesome guests tagging along. Arthur Brown (“Now You See It”), Bryan Ferry (Gun Shaft City) and Johnny Marr (“Hiesenberg”) provide the key contributions that make Joyland true to its name.
GAZ COOMBES – MATADOR
For everyone who’s been missing Supergrass, well your wait for new material is over. Sort of. This sophomore solo effort from Gaz Coombes, the ‘Grass frontman, is an absolute treat with songs that one might imagine from a current-day Supergrass album. Same difference.
THE PUNCH BROTHERS – THE PHOSPHORESCENT BLUES
“Progressive bluegrass”? As ridiculous as that sounds, The Punch Brothers have – together with producer T-Bone Burnett – put together an album of such sophistication from traditional bluegrass instrumentation that the only word to describe this is ‘GENIUS’! (The Magritte cover doesn’t hurt either)
THE LONE BELLOW – THEN CAME THE MORNING
This is epic country-folk-pop, of the kind that the likes of Jimmy Webb and Lee Hazlewood produced in the 60s. Atmospheric, dramatic and emotional resonant – this is what the very best alt-country practitioners are capable of. Gorgeous music for the heart and soul!
… still there’s more …