‘Tis the first of March, and what a bumper first of March it is, albums-wise. SO ON WITH THE SHOW.
Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
It probably says much about the esteem held for the fragrant la Newsom that there was nary an eyebrow raised when she announced a triple disc follow up to the already ‘quite ambitious’ Ys. And here it is, and it’s good, yeah. Well, I’ve only listened to the first five hours or so, but still.
The Knife in collaboration with Mt Sims and planningtorock - Tomorrow, in a Year
Bunch of European oddballs and exiles attempt to tell entire story of creation via medium of monolithically bleak hour and a half of dissonant electronic noises.
Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks
More soaring blub rock from the band who are the answer to any general knowledge question starting ‘which Selkirk band...’. Drink pints, hug your besht mate, listen on repeat and weep manfully. Even if you’re a lady. ESPECIALLY if you’re a lady.
Blood Red Shoes - Fire Like This
Polar Bear - Peepers
We end the day’s streams on an upbeat note. Remember 2005? No, me either, but I do dimly recall the sneers directed at Polar Bear’s presence on the Mercury Prize shortlist. THEY’RE JUST THE TOKEN JAZZ BAND, quoth the indie establishment, incuriously. But with Peepers the jazz discrimination seems to have finally ended, possibly thanks to Seb Rochford’s comforting mane, possibly just because they’re really, y’know, good.
ALSO OUT TODAY
Air Formation - Nothing To Wish For (Nothing To Lose)
Alphabeat - The Beat Is
Archie Bronson Outfit - Coconut
Cliffordandcalix - Lost Foundling
Errors - Come Down With Me
Ellie Goulding - Lights
The Kissaway Trail - Sleep Mountain
My Brightest Diamond - Shark Remixes
Sambassadeur - European
So So Modern - Crude Futures
These Monsters - Call Me Dragon
Tunng - And Then We Saw Land
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
VoicesVoices - Origins