Could 2016 be the year that we have been waiting for? The year of even more artistry comebacks, familiar faces finding their stride again, reinventing themselves with new sounds, young talent finding their once wobbly feet and tapping into their influences of the past to churn out outstanding debut Prime Cuts and New Borns. Well, we are off to a good start. PJ Harvey will release her 9th studio album and we have The Wheel for you to listen to. Pale Honey, greet us from Sweden and yet again prove there is indeed something in Swedish water that produces such excellent music. The Range, who we featured early last year makes his return with a more accessible electro tune. Tortoise, a band who have influenced many of the last 30 years, team up with Yo La Tengo, and Melbourne trio Leisure Suite, release their brand new single and video Heavy Head, and that it is not, instead a simple yet beautiful prime cut. Enjoy.
Prime Cut The Wheel
Kind of Reminds Us Of no other than PJ Harvey
Cut From London, United Kingdom
It was rather obvious last year that PJ Harvey would release her 9th studio album, given that it was pretty much created in the view of the public, behind a specially constructed glass studio at the historical Somerset House in London. It was recently announced that The Hope Six Demolition Project will imminently be released this year. Following on from her Mercury Prize winning Let England Shake, first single, The Wheel, is a complete PJ, a progressive rock tune that will affirm her mark as one of the most important female songwriters of our time.
Prime Cut Tease
Kind of Reminds Us Of PJ Harvey, The Cardigans
Cut From Goteborg, Sweden
Pale Honey released their debut self-titled album mid last year and this one (we think) appears to be a re-release. Either way, we are glad we got on to it, Tease is a melting pot of genres all brought together with a huge dollop of grit and dirtiness. Perhaps not innovative in its context, these two Swedish ladies still know how to create a perfect guitar and drum ensemble with signs of immensely talented songwriting ability. Ones to watch, says TWL.
Prime Cut Florida
Kind of Reminds Us Of Caribou, Four Tet
Cut From New York, USA
The Range is James Hinton, an electro-maestro who has just come up with this outstanding cut called Florida, about a year or so since the release of Panasonic EP. With the sound of rhythmic kettle drums, layered synths and sampled vocals, the overall sound is far more accessible, sounding all bright and blissful. The track is to be taken from his second full length album that is noted as taking “an archival approach to compositions, mining the expanse of the Web — or, more precisely, the personal experiences it contains — for samples”. Confused? So are we. Anyhow, this is certainly is an accomplished prime cut.
Prime Cut Heavy Head
Kind of Reminds Us Of Japanese Wallpaper, Toro y Moi
Cut From Melbourne, Australia
There is a lot of very good music being produced from a very talented bunch of young Australian artists, and by that we don’t mean the ones that seem to be hitting the commercial airwaves, we mean bands like Leisure Suite. Bands like this we usually feature in our Weaning Lambs post, to support up and coming bands around the world, but we don’t think these guys need it, they sit confidently as a Prime Cut. Following in the vein of dreamy electro-pop, the new single by Melbourne trio, Heavy Head, is beautifully gentle and ever so simple in its production, it provides the perfect backdrop for just that, a heavy head.
Prime Cut Blue Yonder
Kind of Reminds Us Of Yo La Tengo, Tindersticks
Cut From Chicago, USA
Tortoise have been making complicated music since the last 80s, and the music they make, well is almost impossible to put your finger on. Part Jazz, part electronic, part prog-rock, part pop (ish). Blue Yonder, sees these aficionados working with Georgia Hubley from Yo La Tengo who provides vocals that are perfectly fitting on this mellow and melancholy track, just one of many stand out tracks on their recently released New Born, The Catastrophist.