Foalsnever seem to run out of creative ideas. Their last three albums have been nothing short of brilliant; bolder, dirtier and stronger. ‘What Went Down’ seems to have trimmed the fat on the intrinsic layers that make up Foals songs to concentrate more and more on quality songwriting. ‘Lonely Hunter‘ is sexy, addictive and loud as hell. What Went Down is one climax after another sloshed down with that fire that makes this band so brilliant.
Jabes labelled it “a damn good rock album, and you know we don’t get a lot of those anymore”
Sam was quick to add: “returning larger than ever, this album reaffirms Foals as a band to conquer world tours and headline major festivals”.
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.
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.
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.
Beginning with a spidery guitar line and warm handclaps, “They Won’t Find Us” is the first track to be released by Dead Seem Old. With a whole LP’s worth of songs written by Thom Wicks during an inspiring trip to Indonesia, he contacted producer Javier Weyler and together the pair recorded the album on an old 4-track recorder at Weyler’s Studio, The Beat Factory.
Sticking strictly to the influences of rare 1960’s surf instrumentals and Grimm fairy tales the collaboration’s first track continues with a flowing bassline and more intricate guitar work, with subtle electronic twinges accompanying the vivid lyrics.
The single “They Won’t Find Us” is out on Lo Records In September and here at Cougar, we can’t wait to hear more.
Fresh from their first ever UK tour, SKYROADSreleased their disco infused double A-side single “1,2 Steps/ Beyond The Doors” and it proves these boys and gal have a great future ahead of them.
The Tel Aviv based 5-piece channel the spirit of Nile Rodgers through the funk bass backbone of “Beyond The Doors” whilst twinkling synths give a fizzing zest to the dancy track.
“1,2 Steps” begins with yet another irresistible bassline built upon with a great sense of restless urgency before the joyous chorus rids the band of all the angst allowing for a free flowing synth line to lead the line to yet more dancy disco infused musicianship. Both tracks are now available on the band’s soundcloud.
Make sure you catch them this autumn when they’ll be bringing their disco rock vibes to Europe and the States. SKYROADS were born to play live and it won’t be long until we see them across the biggest stages and festivals.
Picking off the mud from last summers wellies, Cougar Microbes and are getting set yet again for Y Not festival. Set in the picturesque Peak District, the award-winning festival boasts a line-up as expansive as its surroundings.
We can’t wait to catch bursts of new talent like Nordic Giants’ thunderous soundscapes on display alongside the established acts. White Lies promise to bring their grandiose anthems to Derbyshire whilst wellies will certainly be re-muddied whilst going bonkers to Dizzee.
Check out the full line-up for yourself here Hope to see all your fancy-dressed, welly-wearing, smiling faces there.