Slightly later than planned this week, but here are our favourite new songs from the past seven days:
Prefab Sprout – America
We knew that when Trump took power, we’d get a rash of new protest songs. This one courtesy of Paddy McAloon, his first new music in four years, hits all the right notes. “Don’t reject the stranger, knocking at your door”
Fleet Foxes – Third Of May/Ōdaighahara
Another comeback, the first new music in 6 years for this band. The album Crack-Up will be with us on June 16th. In 2013, main man Robin Pecknold went to college. Swot.
Portugal. The man – Feel It Still
Whopper. Nice Motown feel from this. The use of a full stop in their band name is still wank though
Otherkin – Bad Advice
Written in a matter of minutes, according to vocalist Luke Reilly, this is great from Otherkin
Benjamin Booker – Witness
We’ve really been spoiled on the new music front this week. The brand new single from Benjamin also features Mavis Staples, and is taken from his new album out June 2nd
alt-J – 3WW
Didn’t think much of it when I first heard it, but now I love it. Beautiful tone on the guitar, and the whole thing sounds like a collaboration between OK Computer-era Radiohead and ’70s Beach Boys. Wonderful.
First Aid Kit – You Are The Problem Here
We finish as we started with this week’s new tracks. A protest song. A great one.
New Album Of The Week:
The Shins – Heartworms
So great to have a new album from James Mercer and chums. In the lineage of The Kinks, Squeeze, Crowded House and Blur, few do melodic pop better. Also contains “So Now What”, possibly the finest song of the past 5 years.
Reissue Of The Week:
Marc Almond – Hits And Pieces: The Best Of Marc Almond & Soft Cell
Just scan the tracklist. Jesus. “Renaissance Man” is an overused term, but applies in spades to Marc Almond. The Soft Cell tracks aren’t even the best songs on it. Go for the deluxe edition if you can.