Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now

I was smothering myself in filth reading through YouTube comments when I stumbled across someone recommending the new Pissed Jeans album, but to ‘ignore the cover because it totally doesn’t reflect the music within’ or something akin to it. The funny thing is, the album cover (look left) perfectly represents the content in question, and for those put off by it, well, maybe you won’t want to read the lyric sheet…
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Bardo Pond – Under The Pines

Under The Pines
Bardo Pond
Release Date: 24th March 2017
Fire Records

Bardo Pond is a band which offers relaxation through noise, firmly sticking the listener into a sludge filled pond, with flutes playing above ground, and soft distant lyrics coming from below. It’s a comfortable place to be, and this time it’s all played out under the pines. Such a wonderful sludge to be in.  Continue reading

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3

Run The Jewels 3
Run The Jewels 
Release Date: 20th January 2017
Run The Jewels, Inc

It was a Christmas miracle. After one crummy year that was 2016, Run The Jewels dropped their latest on the net for all to download and rap out to as they unwrapped presents. But that was last year, and now we’re getting physical, taking Run The Jewels 3 once more for a spin now it’s available on plastic. It’s Christmas once more, and I’m in love again.

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The XX – I See You

I See You
The XX
Release Date: 13th January 2017
Young Turks

The self titled debut from The XX was the soundtrack to my 2009, capturing the feelings of youthful love, longing and loss with dream pop guitars that made those emotions seem like a personal nostalgic melancholia, rather than a current ongoing set of themes. Coexist didn’t have quite the same impact, minimising the sound to the point of nonexistence, but with ‘I See You’ I can see my reflection in the music once more. Or maybe it’s just the reflective cover doing that for me.
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Sun Kil Moon – Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood

Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
Sun Kil Moon
Release Date: 24th February 2017
Sacred Bones Records

Mark Kozelek has been enjoying a creative writing splurge in recent years, putting out Sun Kil Moon and solo projects each year. For 2017 we have two Sun Kil Moon albums, with the first, ‘Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood’ (phew) being a two-hour plus monster! (double phew)
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Blanck Mass – World Eater

World Eater
Blanck Mass
Release Date: 3rd March 2017
Sacred Bones Records

After dealing with flesh, it’s time for Blanck Mass to devour the world, with another series of aggressive dance beats, and this time some soft ones too. The end of the world, it’s all about those mixed emotions.  Continue reading

Migos – Culture

Culture
Migos
Release Date: 27th January 2017
Quality Control

It can be argued that the three Migos have helped create the culture surrounding hip hop over the last few years now. Dabs and trap (rap done in triple time, it’s clear when you hear) had to grow from somewhere, and so we have Culture, the album from the Migos which digs into it all, asses and all.  Continue reading