The days are gradually getting shorter and summer is relinquishing its grasp. A fitting time for the title track to Elbow’s latest EP, Lost Worker Bee, then. This song feels as though it was birthed at the height of summer, and brings with it the energy of a job well done under the hot sun.
There’s a strong air of the tormented soul to Sharee Lewis’ music. A torment which comes from a very real place for this Bournemouth-born singer. Music has become a saviour for Lewis, who was put into foster care during her childhood, and faced her own personal demons as a result of being taken away from her mother.
It feels as if cultural preservation has been central to Welsh music for probably as long as Welsh speakers realised their language is in danger of disappearing. Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys has said in the past that the band’s early albums were a way of keeping the Welsh language alive.
Patience is a virtue. But a mind fixated on passionate love-making rarely stops to consider anyone, or anything, else accept it’s beloved. That’s the emotion in Birthday Boy & Allie’s ‘I Can’t Wait’.
Alt-rock four-piece, Wolf Alice, are a band that have been in my periphery since 2013 – I vaguely recall seeing the eye-catching cover for their Blush EP, released via Chess Club. Members Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis have being getting plaudits from all corners of the music industry. And with their debut album, My Love is Cool, out this Monday, June 22, I’ve finally tuned into what all the fuss is about.
From the instant their song ‘Freazy’ begins, Wolf Alice send lush, ethereal sound waves gushing forth from your speakers. The percussion is nonintrusive. The guitar chords, a steady haze of shimmering vibrations. And the harmoniously layered vocals, radiant and dreamy. It’s three minutes of total joy that brings summer into your day with the strength of two suns. Needless to say, you need to hear this NOW. For more thoughts on Wolf Alice, check out PressPlay’s review of their debut album.
Freazy features on My Love is Cool, out now on Dirty Hit / RCA Records.
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Parlophone Records, 2005A gimmick. That’s what they put Gorillaz’ success down to. Despite everything that had been achieved by this unusual musical concoction in the 18 months since the launch of their 2001 debut album, detractors still labelled them a here today, gone tomorrow band. But little did they know that the virtual band, created by musician, Damon Albarn, and cartoonist, Jamie Hewlett, would front what would later be acknowledged as one of the most influential and progressive records of the noughties: Demon Days.
The debut album from soul-stirring London songstress, Andreya Triana, was a beautiful encouragement to explore the forgotten streets of your town, if a little too solemn in places to appeal to a mainstream infatuated with the Adeles and Emeli Sandés of the world. By contrast, Giants is a luminous, pictorial, thoroughly uplifting journey, and it deserves your fullest attention.