Listening to new music from artists you have loved and identify with can be a scary moment. Sometimes, as unfair as it is, it can feel like a personal betrayal when an artists we appreciate changes musical direction or just simply runs out of create flair. Luckily, these 5 artists in Prime Cuts do not fall into this trap. So lets take a moment to celebrate those that just keep hitting the mark.
Prime Cut: Locator
Based In: Chicago, Illinois
Flavours Of: Ryan Adams, Ugly Casanova
Anniversaries can often get dreary and boring, but Wilco understand that the gift of music is always exciting. Celebrating a year since their ninth studio album, Star Wars, the alt-folk group released ‘Locator’, a minimalist noise-folk grinder. The one-off release is a perfect salute to what was one of the band’s most successful full-length releases.
Artist: PJ Harvey
Prime Cut: Guilty
Based In: Dorset, England
Flavours Of: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Morrissey
PJ Harvey is one of music’s biggest social commentators, and just months after releasing her ninth studio album The Hope Six Demolition Project, she’s at it again. ‘Guilty’ is taken from the same session that brought us ‘Hope Six’, a thumping war cry of drums and ringing guitars that remind you just how haunting music can really be.
Artist: Emma Louise
Prime Cut: West End Kids
Based In: Brisbane, Australia
Flavours Of: London Grammar, Snakadaktal
Breaking the curse of the sophomore album, Emma Louise delivered her heartbreaking new release Supercry earlier this week. ‘West End Kids’ is one of the most headstrong tracks of the album, starkly honest and uplifting. Dotted with crisp electronica, Louise’s atmospheric pop leads the way for her unique style of straightforward storytelling,
Artist: Jagwar Ma
Prime Cut: O B 1
Based In: O B 1
Flavours Of: M83, Django Django
Jagwar Ma have been off the radar for a while now in the lead up to their second album Every Now & Then. While we might still have a while to wait, their new track ‘O B 1’ should ease the pain slightly. It’s pulsing bass and nostalgic 90’s sounding electronica is just the right amount of groove to induce those feel-good vibes that this trio are known for.
Artist: Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird
Prime Cut: Pray November
Based In: Melbourne, Australia
Flavours Of: The National, Matt Corby
We’d be lying if we didn’t admit that here at TWL we have a bit of a soft spot for Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird (CTBNF). ‘Pray November’ is the final track on the group’s long-awaited Melbourne Bitter EP, and one of the most calming songs this side of a meditation CD. The song’s light acoustic touch and irrepressibly warm vocals make for a passionate affair, as Australia falls even deeper in love with CTBNF