You wait six years for a new Warpaint album and then two come along at once, although this second one seems to have been created by an Irish 5-piece called Just Mustard. Or, if I’m being less of a reductive prick about things: I really like Just Mustard’s dark, moody new album Heart Under, which calls to mind similarly atmospheric indie bands like, for example, Warpaint. 23 is the first track on the album and is instantly magnetic, with a level of quality and conviction that remains throughout.
Taken from her new album Baby, We’re Ascending which is out today, Pigeon Baron is an emotional banger of ridiculously impressive quality and intensity, and the thought of being three beans deep while listening to this somewhere in the depths of Block 9 next month is making me so excited I can barely sit still.
Taken from the new Bar Mediterraneo album by Italo-funk duo Nu Genea, Gelbi is a sparkling, effervescent delight, tripping merrily along on a rich, warm bassline with shiny synths and soaring vocals – performed by Marzouk Mejiri in their Tunisian dialect – keeping the pool party a poppin’.
Press releases are usually at best informative and at worst a complete waste to everyone’s time. However the one for Mary Lattimore and Paul Sukeena’s new collaborative album West Kensington struck me as particularly well-penned, so here’s an excerpt that does a better job of evoking its strange and beautiful atmosphere better than I could.
It is shocking what your mind will choose to forget. Almost always it needs a tear, a clean dash, a straight passage into what you’ve already known. Looking back, West Kensington has achieved that very goal: creating a landscape for memory, an imprint of that horizon, suspended in the cosmos.
It seems to be taking me increasingly longer to decide whether I really like an album or not. Very rarely is that decision made after the first listen, and sometimes entire years can go by. For example: I recently went back to Caroline Polachek’s 2019 album Pang after giving it a good half a dozen listens when it originally came out and deciding it wasn’t for me. Now I think it’s absolutely brilliant, and really don’t know what my 2019 self thought they were doing.
This opens up a worrying precedent: should we all be reassessing every album we casually dismissed in case something has changed in the interim? Can we really trust our own opinions, even as they’re formed and become hardened and immovable in our tiny little brains?
Anyway, I’m not sure if I like Lykke Li’s new album EYEYE yet, but I do really like this song. I’ll be sure to drop you a message circa 2027 when I’ve made my final judgement.
Despite their being an absolute ton of great new music out today, I’m choosing to share this track from 2020 as I’ve only just heard it and its blowing my tiny little mind. This is pretty much how I want all electronic music to sound: moody, atmospheric, sparse, beautiful. And yes, I have been listening to his mixes all day, thanks for checking.
I absolutely love Bad Flamingo’s entire vibe. From having bascially no information out there about them, to putting random Oscar Wilde quotes out with their songs where a press release would usually go (in this case: “Give a man a mask, and he will tell you the truth”). Everything about them screams “we honestly don’t care if you listen to this – we love making it”, and that is brilliant. As is this new single, with its sleazy alternative-rock meets warped country stylings. More please.
I find myself in the minority whenever the subject of Kendrick Lamar is raised. Either people have never heard of him (legitimate) or they are somewhere on the scale between quietly impressed to completely and utterly obsessed. Like, no-one says “Yeah, he’s decent. Some bangers, but I’m not actually that into him”. That’s pretty much exactly how I feel. And with every album that comes out, that feeling increases, like I’m just missing something. Obviously it’s good, but I don’t quite understand the complete reverence in which he’s held by a large percentage of the musical community, professional or otherwise.
Anyway having said all that this song is amazing. Also he’s headlining Glastonbury, and the only headliner I’m even vaguely interested in, so I better get on board, I guess.
Still playing life/work catchup after daring to switch my out of office on for more than an afternoon, but quickly wanted to share this absolute gem from Warpaint’s new album Radiate Like This. Sultry AF.
Apologies for the complete lack of posts: I’ve been away! In an actual different country! For the first time since 2019! And yes it was great, thanks so much for asking. Hopefully you’ve found other places to get your daily music fix, but if you’re still a bit wound up about it have a quick listen to this ridiculously beautiful track from Hinako Omori’s recent(ish) album a journey. And if you’re still angry, there’s not very much I can do for you.