Having achieved notable success in their native Australia, “Rock’n’Roll Surf Garage” collective Money For Rope serve up their first UK single release in ‘Easy Way Out’. Groove meets grit in this intense laid-back but poignant bluesy, rock number about not topping yourself. That’s good advice.
The music sits somewhere in-between the earthy skuzz of Ty Segall and the surfy haze of The Growlers with a healthy dose of Mando Diao‘s dirty euphoria. There’s also a nice B-Side (still a thing, apparently) in ‘Nova Pilota’ which will have you reminiscing of Vietnam circa 1967 in a purple haze of the Doors.
Also make sure you check out the video for “Easy Way Out” .
An album is scheduled for release early 2015 – get amongst it
For her 6th studio album, Sia had no problem writing lyrics that address the sweet sadness of reality, masking it with rock music, catchy hooks, and her notable soaring vocals. ‘1000 Forms of Fear‘ doesn’t just ask us to swing drunkenly from the chandelier, it addresses all of our fears head on: going insane from loving someone too much, getting knocked down by love, crying our eyes out, and getting back on our feet ready to do it all again. All in all, this was the pop album of the year.
Mac DeMarco‘s 3rd album reflects back on the ‘Salad Days‘ of his youth. This nostalgia for the past, combined with the experience that came from it, allows the bittersweet nature of being a slacker to be portrayed better than ever whilst also showing off his undeniable talent.
Having been 14 years without an album, D’Angelo was not rushing to get back into the industry unless he really had something to say. Recent developments in Ferguson incensed him to release the album early, with songs about the ingrained racism of a lot of Americas subconscious. Yet ‘Black Messiah‘ explores these tensions not simply by complaining about them but instead with a view to solving these problems through the pursuit of love and it is in this way that D’Angelo is truly prophetic.
Filled with the reverberated and mischievous doo-wop of ‘Wounded Rhymes‘ and the beautifully creative and shy debut ‘Youth Novels‘, ‘I Never Learn‘ is Lykke Li‘s most definitive statement to date. ‘No rest for the wicked’ is simply a perfect ballad.
Having recently become a father, Dan Snaith played a mix of genres to influence the future music tastes of his daughter. Little did he know that the records were also influencing ‘Our Love‘, with its soulful undertones and joyous lyrics, Caribou‘s album has brought IDM to the masses.
‘Down To Earth‘ goes in every direction you can ask it to go in, while still maintaining the same dreamlike playfulness that gives Flight Facilities its significance. Their first full length album finally encompass all of the beautiful singles they’ve released over the last 4 years (“Crave You,” “Claire de Lune“), as well as new tracks fans were waiting impatiently for. Highlights include “Sunshine” with infusions of funk from the likes of Reggie Watts, a healthy dose of 80s vibes on “Hold Me Down,” and the unexpected taste of hip hop on “Why Do You Feel” with a gentle rap line from Bishop Nehru. You definitely will want to take off with Flight Facilities.
Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Ultraviolence‘ told the tale of the further demise of the Hollywood dreamers fate. In beautiful and powerful ballads, the characters tale of failed romance and crushed dreams is melancholic yet almost a reinforcement on the themes of ‘Born to Die‘. One more album in this vein could show Lana Del Rey is not a character but a true reflection on Lizzy Grant.