Sliding into quarter three of 2016, bands appear to rush to get a few cuts out before the Xmas rush. This week TWL was inundated with new music, the battle of whom to share remained. We settled on some crackers this week, firstly it was great surprise that Sweden’s ‘The Radio Dept, returned with a great cut that sounds better the more you listen. King Creosote is around 40 albums in yet known little of outside Scotland, there is a chance his new album will gain him that respect he deserves. ‘Gallery 47’ delivers the sound of the West Coast USA from Nottingham, United Kingdom and we welcome back the esteemed ‘Martha Wainwright’. Over in Brooklyn, ‘Sleigh Bells’ continue to work up a bit of angst and power in lead up to their fourth studio album in November.
Artist The Radio Dept.
Prime Cut Swedish Guns
Cut From Stockholm, Sweden
Flavours Of Wild Nothing, School of Seven Bells, Beach House
‘The Radio Dept’ have long drifted under the pop radar for well over 10 years, preferring to release albums and singles sporadically and unannounced through their excellent Swedish record label Labrador Records. The duo/trio have done it again, delivering Swedish Guns, an electronic journey of synths, drum machine and gently voiced vocals, pretty much the epitome of all ‘The Radio Dept’ cuts. What starts with the urgency of 80’s synths, transposes to an almost defeated tempo of gentile proportions, Johan Duncanson vocal remaining whispered and dreamy throughout. For fans of TRD, there will be exciting news.
Artist King Creosote
Prime Cut Wake Up To This
Cut From Fife, Scotland
Flavours Of Boy & Bear, Willy Mason, Husky
Articles reveal that King Creosote has delivered 40 albums in his career spanning 20 odd years, but no doubt many would have little knowledge of this underrated Scottish singer/songwriter. Having listened to a handful of Kenny Anderson’s (aka King Creosote) pre-released material and seeing him play live in 2004, this new cut ‘Wake Up To This‘, has Anderson connecting to the commercial mainline, with a more jovial approach to his songwriting, a syncopated drum and bouncing along bassline with the usual delightful story telling lyrics. Taken from his recently delivered ‘Astronaut Meets Appleman’, this new cut will certainly reignite a few older souls.
Artist Gallery 47
Prime Cut Rising Star
Cut From Nottingham, United Kingdom
Flavours Of The Shins, Conor Oberst, M.Ward
‘Gallery 47’ is Jack Peachey, a mid-20s singer/songwriter that sounds more west coast USA then forest riddled Nottingham, with its uplifting chords and a lot of harmonious chanting that helps chug along this cheery sing-along cut. Peachey is set to deliver his third studio album of which Rising Star is lifted, a step into more hopeful and positive light comparative to his previous albums. It may well be ‘Gallery 47’s’ time to gain the recognition he deserves, beyond the british shores.
Artist Martha Wainwright
Prime Cut Around The Bend
Cut From Quebec, Canada
Flavours Of Olympia, Beth Orton, Cat Power
Listening to Martha Wainwright strum and sing, we need to be reminded that it has only be around 11 years since her debut self-titled album, yet her songs conjure timeless songwriting qualities. ‘Around the Bend’ plays out with Wainwright yearning for understanding and reflective of her past, ‘I used to do a lot of blow, now I only do the show’ she sings. Leaning toward a more stripped back sound of minimal production, her upcoming album ‘Goodnight City’ will hear Martha Wainwright play some covers and dabble in a bit of electronica.
Artist Sleigh Bells
Prime Cut It’s Just Us Now
Cut From Brooklyn, New York
Flavours Of St Vincent, Grimes, PINK
Three years on from the release of their 2013 album, ‘Bitter Rivals’ the Brooklyn duo continue to raise the commercial bar of success in lead up to their fourth album ‘Jessica Rabbit’, delivering this angst and gritty cut. The video clip was directed by the bands Derek Miller, its visual imagery fitting in nicely with this return to American EMO. The new album gets delivered early November, and with three cuts now released, we get a clear indication that the Sleigh Bells have a lot more of angst to give.