Recommended music to download this month…
Lorde, Song: Sober
From album: Melodrama
Any fears that Lorde has gone all-mainstream soft pop on release of recent single Green Light are dispelled with this, the 2nd promo single from new album Melodrama. Sober finds New Zealand’s Ella Yelich-O’Connor pondering whether a relationship will survive a post weekend comedown. She demonstrates maturity belying her 19 years (yes, she was only 16 when Royals came out!). Melodrama is less a break-up album, and more one where Lorde explores her own fault-lines to explain loneliness. This is put to best effect on the other standout track on the album Liability. Brilliant.
(Also download these songs from the album: Liability, Supercut, Writer In The Dark)
Goldfrapp, Song: Systemagic
From album: Silver Eye
On her 7th album Silver Eye, Alison Goldfrapp turns down the kook-factor and dials up the synth pop. While there are no outright classics like former hits A&E, Ooh La La or Happiness, when she increases the BPM she comes close. Best of the bunch is Systemagic, a banger that would be at home equally on a dance mix or a compilation of great indie pop tunes. ‘Sister Magic’ indeed…
(Also download these songs from the album: Anymore, Become The One, Everything Is Never Enough)
First Hate, Song: The One
From album: A Prayer For The Unemployed
There’s something special in the waters of Copenhagen at the moment. Denmark’s First Hate join a list of bands producing some of the most in interesting music around right now (see also Vår, Mew, Iceage, DJ Sports). The first single from their debut album is The One. A song that joins the dots successfully between late 80s indie-dance, mid 90s baggy-rave and current smart pop.
(Also download these songs from the album: A Prayer For The Unemployed, Copenhagen, A Girl Called Friday)
In case you missed it…
Portishead, Song: Sour Times (from 1994)
From album: Dummy
In 1994 an unknown band from Bristol basically invented trip hop with their debut album. Nobody has bettered it since, themselves included. The band was formed when two sound engineers discovered Beth Gibbons, a former Devon farm girl and school teacher. Her sad voice and even sadder lyrics brought the edge. Sour Times was the second single from the album and can still be heard at dinner parties, cocktail functions and even weddings despite its dark themes. Haunting, icy and jazzy.
(Also download: Numb, Glory Box, Strangers)