I just don’t have enough time to write about everything here. I wish I did but then I would have no time to eat or wash or watch Mad Men. So from now on (probably) I’m gonna put together a Spotify playlist of recent releases each month. It’s a good way for me to maybe point out stuff which is good but I might not necessarily have a lot to say about so I never post it. Examples? On this month’s playlist there’s a track from the Michael Kiwanuka album which is really nice, but is getting plenty of coverage so there’s not much that hasn’t already been said. Similarly The Shins new album and Julia Holter’s Ekstasis. Then there’s also stuff from the likes of Mmoths, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Soap&Skin, AU and more which I’ve been digging but just never got round to posting. Who knows, it might be worth listening to.
For the most part I tend to write about bands which I like, rather than bands which I think people need to hear. Trouble Books are probably one of the few exceptions to that though, a thoroughly under appreciated group. Hopefully last years well received collaboration album with Emeralds man Mark McGuire will have helped to bring them a wider audience. This is a track taken from their forthcoming album ‘Concatenating Fields’ which looks set to be more of the wonderfully understated wispy ambient pop which they have managed to make a sound of their own. The album is due out on Bark & Hiss at the end of April.
I am recently starting to use the word ‘lovely’ more than is to my liking and feel a small portion of my soul exit my body every time I do so. Such is the case however that it is quite an apt description for the slow aquatic waltz of Walk from London singer-songwriter Jassy Grez.
Unlike many these days, Field Music are a band who refuse to stagnate and this fourth album somehow manages to branch out in even more myriad directions following last years epic double disc Measure. It is this refusal which makes the band notable, their insistence on evolution pushing resolutely against the tides of what is considered cool.
The band emerged from the early 00’s post-punk revival and count Maximo Park and The Futureheads amongst their peers and former members. Whilst those bands have struggled, Field Music have attracted increasing acclaim as they evolve with every release. Following Measure’s mixture of big rock ‘n’ roll guitar riffs and more ambient passages, Plumb sees the duo return to their own backyard with charmingly deconstructive pop music.