Alicia Keys’ sixth album, Here, is an unexpected masterwork. Quite unlike her previous release, Girl on Fire, it is an album infused with rhythm, creativity and purpose not heard since her earliest albums. And it’s also one of this year’s must-hear releases.
David Bowie was an artist to the very end. Since the musician passed away just days after its release, so much has been said and written about Blackstar, the final parting gift from the pioneering figure, that it seems improbable to say anything that hasn’t already been said. I have labelled this a “review”, but really this is an encouragement for you to listen to Blackstar if you haven’t already.
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.
Image: Dirty Hit/RCA Records
Impulse. That’s what got me to buy Jazmine Sullivan’s debut album, Fearless, and it’s also the reason I wrote this post when I did. I’m not one to follow the music industry closely at all. In fact, the very idea of zealously buying singles from the so-called ‘pop music’ top ten just sickens me. That’s not to say that there aren’t many good artists around nowadays, it’s just that image and mass appeal has become so much of a factor in today’s music industry that I find it extremely hard to encourage myself to trawl through the endlessly unoriginal rehashes just to find the ‘good’ stuff. The phrase ‘style over substance’ has never been more fitting.