ft. Shed Seven, Miley Cyrus & Dolly Parton, Aldous Harding, Wolf Alice, Embrace

This week, The Wandering Lamb rejoices in the return of two Britpop bands, as they deliver new music after many years. Shed Seven sound as youthful as they did 16 years back, while West Yorkshires (should have been bigger than Coldplay) Embrace, return to what they do best, Stadium rock, indie ballads that are nostalgic as much as they are relevant and needed in a withering British music scene (Wolf Alice aside). Tune in to this week’s Prime Cuts for much more.

  • Artist: Shed Seven
  • Cut: Room In My House
  • Label: Liberator Music/BMG
  • Field: York, United Kingdom
  • Flocks: Britpop, Rock
  • Flavours Of: Kaiser Chiefs, Powderfinger, Ocean Colour Scene

Shed Seven stood shoulder to shoulder some 20 years ago at the height of Britpop, giving both Blur and Oasis a gentle nudge and stirring ripper live sets.  16 years has passed since the band delivered any cuts, but lead singer Rick Witter still sounds youthful, defiant and confident, the music is brash and arrogant, all what we expect from a band who after all these years, may have found their mojo again.

  • Artist: Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton
  • Cut: Rainbowland
  • Label: RCA
  • Field: Tennessee, USA
  • Flocks: Country Pop
  • Flavours Of: First Aid Kit, Emily Barker

Miley Cryrus is inventive. Throughout the most part of her musical path, especially in recent years her audacious, give-a-shit attitude is commendable.  Turning her back on the commercial world and spending time with The Flaming Lips, allowed Cyrus to explore the depths of her musical oddity, sometimes good, sometimes not so.  Rainbowland has the artist going back to her country roots with what feels like a tongue and cheek but heartfelt duet with her godmother Dolly Parton.

  • Artist: Aldous Harding
  • Cut: Elation
  • Label: 4AD
  • Field: Lyttelton, New Zealand
  • Flocks: Folk, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter
  • Flavours Of: Sharon Von Etten, Nadia Reid, Jesca Hoop

Aldous Harding mesmerised an international audience with her appearance on Later with Jools Holland last year, her performance haunting and utterly captivating.  Her fragile and soothing voice is at her most perfection for this acoustic ballad cut Elation, that will certainly establish this remarkably talented New Zealand songwriter, alongside fellow musical story teller, Nadia Reid.

  • Artist: Wolf Alice
  • Cut: Planet Hunter
  • Label: Dirty Hit/RCA
  • Field: London, United Kingdom
  • Flocks: Indie Rock
  • Flavours Of: Daughter, I Break Horses, A Sunny Day In Glasgow

Wolf Alice formed as a duo in 2010 and since then have gathered a mighty force in followers and accreditation, having been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, many had no idea about this London 4 piece, for many still dont.  With the hype and promotion behind their sophmore album Visions Of A Life, they may well reach the heights of such commendations. Planet Hunter, shares their bands darker and shoegaze side, an area we hope they explore further in time to come.

  • Artist: Embrace
  • Cut: The Front Line
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl 
  • Field: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Flocks: Anthem Rock, Indie
  • Flavours Of: Coldplay, Richard Ashcroft, U2

When Coldplay were selling out stadiums worldwide and U2 were writing mediocre songs, West Yorkshire’s Embrace proudly delivered some fine music that could have quite easily filled similar stadiums, but perhaps due to timing, the band never quite got to that level.  Nearly 20 years on since the powerful debut of The Good Will Out was delivered to mass acclaim, not to mention a handful of other great albums, Embrace return to their big rock ballad excellence with The Finish Line in lead up to their 7th album release. Some great footage of the upcoming album below too.


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