The ever mutating musical project of Katie Crutchfield has returned with a style completely different to what her fans are accustomed to. Featuring a collection of songs originally written for the now inactive experimental recording group of the title’s name, Great Thunder is the culmination of her revisiting and reimagining them with producer Brad Cook at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin.
Jack Tatum’s long-term musical project has entered a variety of musical realms, with this next stage seeing a transition into 80s new wave. Indigo borrows different aspects from his previous work, whilst still managing to sound fresh and ambitious.
Devon’s own Muncie Girls’ first record managed to perfectly bridge the gap between punk and catchy indie-pop. The three-piece have managed to do the same this time around only with a deeper exploration into frontwoman Lande Hekt’s personal life, as she explores themes of metal health, family life and sexism. Fixed Ideals sees Hekt eloquently deliver these topics under the backdrop of catchy hooks and intense melodies.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Mark Lanegan is always on the cusp of collaboration. After the break up of his successful Seattle-based band Screaming Trees, he released a steady flow of albums as a solo artist on top of his work with Queens of the Stone Age, Soulsavers and Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs.
The best music seems to manifest out of periods of struggle. If an artist experiences hardship, then a great number of times this negative energy will be used to create something masterful on a sonic level. Brian Christinzio, otherwise known as BC Camplight, is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has managed to create one of the better records of his career through a nightmarish period in his life.
First catching my attention at last year’s Great Escape festival, Artificial Pleasure vocalist and guitarist Phil McDonnell’s theatrical in-your-face persona was a dumbfounding mix of Bryan Ferry and Johnny Rotten. Whilst he was fun to watch, he also gave the impression that he could flip at any given time; this made the recipe for a thrilling performance. Luckily, it wasn’t just his presence that made the band great, with all four members coming together to create a marvellous electronic indie-dance fusion full of humid synthetics and pounding riffs.
Four years after their last album release, everyone’s favourite Danish post-punk outfit return with Beyondless – a culmination of their three previous albums, in what is a far more assured, evolved and meticulous sound. Whilst New Brigade emitted a youthful take on post-punk, You’re Nothing gave them a more hardcore edge, before Plowing Into The Field Of Love came along with a more subtle disposition. All three have seemingly morphed together to form a lush, dramatic LP with added instrumentation and an evolution in songwriting.
Sartorially DMA’s looks like they belong in Moss Side and not a Sydney beach. A listen to their debut record will also reveal that their sonic output also reflects the 1990s Manchester music scene. Continuing to idolise this period for their second record, their swagger, defiance and charm is again present in what is a euphoric celebration of dance-rock which mixes stadium-ready guitars with jangling acoustics that allow for Tommy O’Dell’s melodic, yet gritty vocals to shine.
Always the more reserved of the two brothers, Noel Gallagher was also the brains behind one of the world’s biggest ever bands. It’s no surprise then that his solo output has received more critical acclaim than his sibling’s, with his last offering representing the album you feel he’s always wanted to make.
At it’s essence, Mastersystem is a project created solely to have fun and reconnect with the joy of being in a band again. Comprised of two musical siblings, a collaborative effort featuring Scott Hutchison and Grant Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit) and Justin Lockey (Editors), James Lockey (Minor Victories), the idea for the band came about in Berlin in 2016 when the members decided to make music together after placing it on the back burner for years.