It’s been 35 years since we heard a full album of new material from England’s Post-Punkers, The Pop Group. If you were afraid of what the time passage has done to the guys, you won’t have to worry after listening to ‘Citizen Zombie,’ out now, via Freaks R Us.
To say that Cate Le Bon’s 2013 release, ‘Mug Museum’ is one of favorites of the year, or anytime, would be an understatement. Family issues kept us from seeing her live, a few weeks ago, but, we have made up for that by practically etching new grooves in her pretty pink record.
As she prepares for her world tour,in September, Le Bon dropped a new single, “He’s Leaving” which you can stream below.
For those of you who haven’t heard ‘Mug Museum’ please stream below.
Marissa Nadler moves to the Sacred Bones label for the release of what may be her most beautiful and accomplished album yet, July. Recorded with a killer group of collaborators that includes piano and synth work by Steve Moore, guitars by Phil Wandscher (Whiskeytown and Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter), and string arrangements by composer Eyvind Kang, these eleven songs bring Nadler’s woozy, shadowed dream-pop balladry into the sharpest focus she’s ever displayed on record. While there’s always been a craft and detail to her previous albums, July’s lush noir romanticism and sensual ache emphasize the strengths in Nadler’s songwriting without being overbearing and maudlin. It also proves to be one of the most beautiful releases in Sacred Bones’ catalogue, showing a new side of the label’s already rich, diverse roster while remaining an aesthetically logical addition. These are haunting, lovely siren songs made to soothe like an aural balm; fans of the likes of Mazzy Star, Opal, Bill Callahan, and even Stevie Nicks’ more subdued lamentations will find much to love here. Nadler’s crafted a subtle but grand statement that shines brightly, blanketed in the rich tapestries of her collaborators.
We first discovered Brit trio, London Grammer, through Disclosure’s album, ‘Settle,’ but, it wasn’t until our first listen to the group’s first full album, ‘If You Wait’ that we fell in love with the soaring, yet controlled vocals of Hannah Reid. Their album dropped in Sept. 2013 and the group is now getting some love, not only from us (we have played “Strong” on The Wednesday Midday Medley last month), but the cranky, testy music blogger, Bob Lefsetz. We are glad that the word is being spread about London Grammer. Check out the video for “Strong” and stream the album below.