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We have picked the albums, EP’s and singles that have been released today which we believe you should be listening to over the next week.
~ Albums ~
Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost -Part 2
It’s bold move to release two albums in the same year but a move that pays off for the Oxford band.
Whereas ‘Part 1’ melded Foals’ disparate influences into a thrilling melting pot of sounds, much of ‘Part 2’ simmers with pure visceral intensity. ‘The Runner’ and ‘Black Bull’ are streamlined attacks, with vehement rhythmic onslaughts the foundation for even bigger riffs. It’s an approach that also informs ‘10,000 Feet’, as it lurches ominously from dreamy soundscapes into a heavyweight collision of post-punk and psychedelia.
Shed Seven – Going For Gold: The Greatest Hits
Marking the 20th anniversary of their seminal singles collection Shed Seven released a deluxe expanded edition of: ‘Going For Gold’.
This deluxe two-vinyl set also includes the Parr Street Sessions; four fan favourites exclusively reimagined and recorded for the 1999 special edition CD version of ‘Going For Gold’ and now available on gold vinyl for the first time. The 2019 re-issue also features two previously unreleased live versions of ‘Chasing Rainbows’ and ‘Bully Boy’ from Shed Seven’s legendary Live at The Forum performance (recorded in London, 15.11.1996).
Declan Welsh and Decadent West – Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold
Declan Welsh is a songwriter and poet from Glasgow. With his band, The Decadent West they create music that is unapologetic, direct and with a message of humanity. With sold-out shows across Scotland and performances as diverse as in Palestine (as part of a Glaswegian cultural exchange), The Great Escape, Reeperbahn and London Fashion Week, The Decadent West have solidified themselves as one of Scotland’s most promising talents, a band whose combination of taut indie rock and strongly held beliefs have won over scores of fans across their homeland, both young and old.
Releasing their rousing first EP ‘All My Dreams Are Dull’ to widespread approval in 2018, the Decadent West truly set out their stall for the upcoming album: ‘Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold’, a record that looks to impact in 2019 as one of the year’s most highly anticipated debut releases.
~ EP’s ~
God Cop Bad Cop – Sharp Shooter
Today God Cop Bad Cop release the EP titled ‘Sharp Shooter, the EP features three new tracks and the title track which also featured on the self-titled album ‘Sharp Shooter, ‘Death In Dm’, ‘Love Action’ and ‘Arguing with Strangers on the Internet’, a track that also features Jon McClure from Reverend and the Makers and Self Esteem.
Yungblud – The Underrated Youth
Yungblud who hails from Doncaster in Yorkshire releases the EP ‘The Underrated Youth’.
‘The Underated Youth’ is a genre shape-shifting protest release. ‘Braindead’ channels ‘Brianstorm’ by Arctic Monkeys. ‘Original Me’ features Imagine Dragons man Dan Reynolds and sees Yungblud take on a more electro role. The title track ‘Hope For The Underrated Youth’ smashes out a Blink 182-like chorus, Yungblud has worked with Travis Barker (Blink 182) drummer in the past. ‘Waiting on the Weekend’ is an acoustic ballad not too distant from Jamie T.
Yungblud is the perfect spokesperson for the youth of this generation, everything seems a little too safe and Yungblud is needed at the minute for his anger, self-doubt and tenderness.
~ Tracks ~
Beck – Hyperlife & Uneventful Days
‘Hyperlife’ is only 1minute 36seconds long and is over just as it appears to be kicking off.
‘Uneventful Days’ is a more complete track and Beck steps well and truly out of his comfort zone. The track is a modern take on 80’s influence whilst also keeping it modern and utterly unique in a Beck way.
Spector – Simplicity
Spector remain one of the indie scene’s best-kept secret, the band have a dedicated fan base and always bring the party to their live shows.
Today Spector release ‘Simplicity’, the tune is indie-pop perfection, making you wonder why Spector aren’t playing the same kind of venues as Two Door Cinema Club or The Wombats… That said, it is much better seeing a great band in a smaller venue anyway, isn’t it!
The Snuts – Juan Belmonte
The Snuts are the hottest grassroots band at the minute and the name on everybody’s list of recommendations. It’s no secret that Scottish bands always attract the maddest fans to their gigs and The Snuts seem to attract them like a magnet.
Today’s release ‘Juan Belmonte’ sees the The Snuts head in a more mature, riff stomping direction, a move that you would expect a band to pull when transitioning to album number two or maybe even three and about to step up to the arena circuit.
Although The Snuts are hot property at the minute, if feels like they are only just getting started, definitely one to keep your eyes on.