by Jasmine Harrop
Spring King - Tell Me If You Want Like To
This energetic group maintain their powerful garage rock and use of drums by Tarek Musa that got them recognition before this record their debut album. A highlight of this recognition being at SXSW in 2015. The four-piece layer multiple sub-genres around their garage sound, that in this record provide a darker sound at points not always associated with them. In contrast, the record does not always project gloomy Manchester that is most likely the case today, but the weather that influences surf rock. The singles to the album released before today - 'Rectifier', 'City', and 'Who Are You?' have already received radio plays aplenty. The release comes just after a big headline tour and before a summer that they have filled with festivals.
Listen to 'Rectifier' from 'Tell Me If You Like To' here:
The Temper Trap - Thick As Theives
Back with a third studio album the Australian indie pop group who are known to many through their track 'Sweet Disposition' soundtrack to indie film '500 Days of Summer'. Todays release via Infectious/Liberation/Glassnote follows the singles 'Fall Together' and 'Thick As Thieves'. The record see's them collaborating with external songwriters some of big names, such as Justin Parker (Lana Del Ray and Sia) and Malay (Frank Ocean and Zayn). Perhaps why the end product has seen them evolve, offering more electro pop vibes with songs that are anthem like which could be expected from a band like Hurts.
Listen to 'Thick As Thieves' here:
Tom Odell - Wrong Crowd
Today the singer songwriter releases his second studio album and follow up to critically acclaimed debut 2013's 'Long Way Down'. The strength of his talent as a pianist and voice which hits all the right notes has unsurprisingly not been lost, the album providing catchy tracks throughout. The preview for the record came with the single release on April 4th of the title track 'Wrong Crowd' with an accompanying music video and tour announcement. The latter being for November here in the UK and the rest of Europe.
Listen to 'Wrong Crowd' here:
Let Live. - If I'm The Devil...
The LA post-hardcore act that formed in 2002 have constantly shifted since in regards to both members and sound. As a band they do not shy from presenting their political views likening them to Rise Against and Rage Against The Machine, immediately demonstrated for this record through the single - 'Good Morning, America' (below), which uses the condition of America's Police Department and its relationship or lack of with African Americans as its subject matter. Their relevance in the form of passionate social commentary and skill of genre crossing warrants them a listen.
Listen to 'Good Morning, America' from 'If I'm The Devil...' here:
Band of Horses - Why Are You Ok
The record follows 'Mirage Rock' (2012) but instantly can be paired with 'Infinite Arms' of 2011. Rick Ruben has hunted the band down himself for this album, resulting in him being entitled an executive producer and the track being releases via his American Recordings. For the first time Ben Birdwell has written in a family/home setting for this record, which can be heard in the album maintaining the catchy hooks but lyrics that reflect more of his everyday life. 'Casual Party' the first single has lyrics that explore the universal feelings of social anxiety found in courteous social gatherings. They offer the album on a desirable Blue vinyl. Its release comes as they have already begun touring the US, Europe and Austraila - hitting London for a weekend at the begining of July.
Listen to 'Why Are You Ok' here:
The Stone Roses - Beautiful Thing
The 7 minute track dropped at midnight, a surprise albite anticipated due to rumours of fans. It is the second new track to come from the group in over 20 years. This new song appearing to be receiving much more praise than the first - 'All For One', which simply saw the mass group of fans delighted with their return. 'Beautiful Thing' which offers the beats of the bands previous anthems can be can be listened to on spiffy and bought on iTunes, although the confirmed release as a limited edition 7” will not be available till the 1st of July. They performed live in Halifax on Wednesday as a warm up to next week where they can be caught doing five date run in their obvious choice of Manchester at Etihad Stadium as many are well aware of.
Listen to 'Beautiful Thing' here: