ft. Tricky, Balmorhea, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, The Clientele, The Horrors

These five new cuts this week could quite easily make up a perfect day’s soundtrack.  Start the morning with the gentleness of Balmorhea, mid-morning snack with Tricky’s grumbling return and for lunch,  feast on the summery harmonies of London’s long-standing The Clientele. End the day commuting with The Horrors and their very poppy Something To Remember Me By and then fall into a blissful state with the gorgeously husky tones of Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions.

  • Artist: Tricky
  • Cut: Blood of My Blood
  • Label: False Idols
  • Field: London, UK
  • Flocks: Electro Rap, Alt R&B
  • Flavours Of: James Blake, DJ Shadow, UNKLE

22 years since delivering his classic and hugely influential album Maxinquaye, Blood of My Blood is one of many return-to-form cuts from his 14th album Ununiform. Tricky revisits his darker beats side that we felt in his earlier career helped by with special guest Russian-speaking Kazakh rapper Scriptonite, who also worked with Major Lazer.

  • Artist: Balmorhea
  • Cut: First Light
  • Label: Western Vinyl Records
  • Field: Austin, USA
  • Flocks: Ambient, Textural Post Rock
  • Flavours Of: The American Dollar, Goldmund, Hammock

Founders of Balmorhea Rob Lowe and Michael Muller (they band have a varying live band ensemble) recently delivered their 6th studio album, those familiar, understanding the beauty and touching music the duo have the ability to create.  On completion of Clear Language, they worked with Paris-based artist Claire Cottrell to create the visual identity of the album, creating a trilogy of films.  First Cut has an underlying beauty and captures Balmorhea’s soundscapes perfectly.

  • Artist: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
  • Cut: Sleep
  • Label: Pledge Music
  • Field:  Los Angeles, USA
  • Flocks: Shoegaze, Indie Folk
  • Flavours Of: Slowdive, Totally Mild, Tindersticks

Hope Sandoval, lead singer of Mazzy Star (famous for the classic Fade Into You), still sings in the timeless sultry tone, that she did nearly 25 years ago, when she debuted her first cut.  Sandoval gathered her Warm Inventions and debuted back in 2001, before offering her most commercially successful Until The Hunter last year, each laying true to her quintessential warm melancholy sound. Sleep forms part of an EP surprisingly delivered last week, as the band set out with an American tour.

  • Artist:  The Clientele
  • Cut: Everyone You Meet
  • Label: Merge
  • Field: London, UK
  • Flocks: Indie Pop, 60s Infused
  • Flavours Of: Mojave 3, Belle & Sebastian, Galaxie 500

The Clientele need no introduction to those international cult fans who have monitored and celebrated the bands 25 year musical career. However in their native London town, the band still only get a margin of the attention they deserve.  Internationally, the band continue to manage a huge following. Perhaps after a quarter of a century, the rest of us will take notice, as this cut is a wonderful taster of the harmonious pop, that can only be created through time and devotion.

  • Artist:  The Horrors
  • Cut: Something To Remember Me By
  • Label: Caroline
  • Field: Southend-On-Sea, UK
  • Flocks: Electro Pop
  • Flavours Of: Psychedelic Furs, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys

The Horrors are a tough one to understand, they are band who have morphed and embraced so many genres of music over the last 10 years.  Its commendable when bands do this, it shows clear progression, confidence and a desire to take risks and think more about themselves and not what just what their fans want to hear. If you disregard that this is The Horrors, this song has all the pop creation that could make it an indie dance floor filler, something no true Horror fan would want.  🙂