Wednesday, November 11, 2020

First Listen: New Releases for 6 November

A lighter week, so there's some catchup involved...

Artist: Billy Nomates
Album: Billy Nomates
Quick Description: Odd alt-punk.
Why You Should Listen: It has Big Mark E. Smith Energy.
Overall Thoughts: A friend tweeted about this saying that it was basically made for her, and, after listening, I realized this was basically made for me, too. It's definitely an acquired taste, and I think most people will know if they like this within the first minute, but for me? This felt like the best songs from The Fall along with the musicality of Fiery Furnaces topped off with a strong point of view. Billy Nomates is unlike anything out there (the closest comp might be Sleaford Mods, one member of which has a guest spot on this album), but it's defiantly unique in all the best ways.
Recommendation: You owe it to yourself to give this a shot.

Artist: Catherine Anne Davies and Bernard Butler
Album: In Memory of My Feelings
Quick Description: Solid singer-songwriter rock music.
Why You Should Listen: It has Big PJ Harvey and John Parish Energy.
Overall Thoughts: I do enjoy collaborative albums as a general rule, and when it comes to things like this, where an artist works with an instrumentalist (in this case, acclaimed Suede guitarist Bernard Butler), it works so well. The songs are tight and interesting, and there's something compelling here that sets it apart from its clear influences. I'm glad I tripped up on it.
Recommendation: Make time for this one.

Artist: Kylie Minogue
Album: DISCO
Quick Description: Disco-tastic album from the veteran pop star.
Why You Should Listen: It has Big Dancey Club Energy.
Overall Thoughts: We're seeing a bit of a disco revival as of late. Some might trace it to Daft Punk a few years back, others might say disco was never dead and just taking a nap, but who cares, really? Kylie Minogue has her best work since "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" got lodged in our heads seemingly forever ago. In an era where we're not supposed to leave the house, Minogue has brought us the best at-home clubbing companion anyone could ask for.
Recommendation: Dance on over to this album this week.

Artist: Fatboy Slim
Album: Back to Mine (DJ Mix)
Quick Description: A DJ mix from one of the world's greatest, as part of the "Back to Mine" series.
Why You Should Listen: It has Big Loungey Club Energy.
Overall Thoughts: The "Back to Mine" series has not, to my knowledge, reached American shores in any significant way, but Fatboy Slim's effort here should be enough to consider importing more of them here. A bunch of his favorites mixed into an hourish set makes for great background music along with some parts that will make you smile and parts that will make you feel as if you're digging through some crates with an old friend. I loved this on a number of levels, so check it out.
Recommendation: A very fun listen this week.

Artist: Ailbhe Reddy
Album: Personal History
Quick Description: Debut album from an alt-folk singer-songwriter.
Why You Should Listen: It has Big Hop Along Energy.
Overall Thoughts: Another October one we missed, Ailbhe Reddy provides a solid, different take on the folky singer-songwriter routine. The album title is apt in many ways, for sure, but it also does a good job of reflecting some of her influences (like Laura Marling) while still being familiar to fans of other like-minded acts (like Frances Quinlan). This is not groundbreaking, but it is relevatory in a lot of ways, so check it out.
Recommendation: Worth your time.

Of note:

* Hollow Tree - Hollow Tree (Fusion of art, blues, and electronica from Rudolf Nordström (aka Mr. Tophat), Jockum Nordström, and Niklas Nordström)
* N.B.S. and Snowgoons - Still Trapped in America (Hyper-political rap music.)
* Christo Graham - Turnin'
* Heather Trost - Petrichor
* Krust - The Edge of Everything
* Telyscopes - With a Y
* Yumi Zouma - Truth or Consequences (Alternate Versions)
* Tiña - Positive Mental Health Music
* Pale Honey - Some Time, Alone
* Olafur Arnalds - some kind of peace
* Scenic Route to Alaska - Time for Yourself

Christmas tunes:

* The Bird and the Bee - Put Up the Lights
* Ivan and Alyosha - A Very Merry Christmas With Ivan and Alyosha

EPs:

* PUP - This Place Sucks Ass
* Ras Kass - I'm Not Clearing Shxt
* Swan Meat - Suckling Grown: Remixed
* Reptaliens - Wrestling
* Madison Cunningham - Wednesday
* Endless Digital Birthdays - Becoming a Body
* Chartreuse - Keep Checking Up On Me
* Louise Burns - Silhouettes
* Sister Wives - Gweler Ein Gofid
* Do Nothing - Zero Dollar Bill

Also out:

* Sarah Davachi - Figures in Open Air
* Young Riot - Poolside
* Digawolf - High Arctic
* Tunng - Tunng Presents...Dead Club

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