Today has been a good day. Not only is it another New Music Tuesday, but we get to kick off our own little March Madness of quality new music releases for the entire month. Not only that, but this week has also provided a lot of quality new music (albums or otherwise) for our aural pleasure. Since that is the case, let’s get started!
We start with a fantastic new ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ performance by PHOX at the link below:
Second, we received the announcement that Mumford & Sons would be returning in 2015 with a new album, titled Wilder Mind and will be an electric album!
Next, comes another newcomer: Natali Felicia from Stockholm, Sweden who has shared her début track on SoundCloud:
Then we got a quality dance track from The Knocks late last week which i will also share with you here:
Well, now that I’ve got all the announcement music out-of-the-way, let’s get down to business on the albums the first week of March brought forth.
We will start with the sophomore effort from Canadian duo Purity Ring.
I got a taste of another eternity a week early thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen and instantly fell in love with this album. Don’t worry though, I’m a bit biased. Ever since their début in 2012 with Shrines I have been all about their sound and extremely excited about their follow-up release. Well, the icy Canadians followed up with a fantastic sophomore album (no slump here!). The album features the singles push pull, bodyache and begin again, but there really isn’t a bad track on the album.
Their music is twitchy, atmospheric, distant and cold, and yet I can’t get enough of it. Although I would highly recommend that anyone that liked the group’s first album listen to the new album in its entirety there are a few other tracks outside the singles that need to be highlighted. The track repetition is a fantastic piece of work which could end up being a fourth single and sea castle is an intimate lyrical piece with a big bass back-up. The 10-track album is a fantastic piece of musicianship all around from these two. Doing what they do best, they followed up a sterling début album with an equally strong sophomore effort that could easily make many “Best Of…” lists for 2015 this early in the year. Don’t you dare sleep on another eternity!
Chasing Yesterday is a fine piece of craftsmanship from one half of the brothers Gallagher. The album features help from a slew of other artists (none of which receive any sort of feature credit) but all together the end result is Brit-Pop gold. Obvious hints of the Oasis sound and style are prevalent (how can they not be?) and so the album is easily likable. Pair that with some fine writing and you’ve got yourself a winner. The two big singles are the final track on the album, Ballad of the Mighty I, and second track In the Heat of the Moment.
There is much more than the two singles however. The opening track, Riverman, features some rich saxophone playing, while Lock All the Doors starts off with a familiar lyric and then features a familiar hazy guitar sound any Oasis fan will instantly recognize. The latter is actually an old demo that was reworked for the album. The Dying of the Light is another finely executed ballad which makes fantastic use of a piano accompaniment and has turned out to be one of my favorite tracks on the new album. Overall, the 10-track album (14 if you buy the deluxe edition) is a sterling example of British Pop Rock and why it is its own unique sub-genre. Noel churns out tracks like The Mexican with relative ease which is truly quite astounding considering the complexity of the track and the familiar feelings it provides to the listener’s ears. The fact that the album ends with a track that happens to not only be a single, but is also titled Ballad of the Mighty I is a classic example of narcissism, bravado and the general “who gives a fuck” attitude which was an essential part of his Manchester upbringing and why we love the music he creates.
Lastly, I will leave you, once again with yet another new track off the upcoming new album from Modest Mouse and although their album didn’t come out today, (as originally planned) this fifth track will have to tide us over until March 17th.
And now, as always, here was everything acquired on this New Release Tuesday:
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday
- Purity Ring – another eternity
- Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom
Now Playing: Modest Mouse – Of Course We Know