In these strange and turbulent times, one thing that has helped me lean back from the fray of the day to day routine is getting to appreciate just how much great music is out there these days. Whether indoors late at night or out in the sunshine in the middle of the day, here is a small selection of what’s caught my ear recently that I hope you will enjoy.
Artist: Archers of Loaf
Track: Raleigh Days
Iconic indie-rockers, Archers of Loaf, are back and they are bringing the fire with them! “Raleigh Days” illustrates just how capable the band is of producing quality jams time and time again. Anthemic in its structure, “Raleigh Days” finds the band looking back to the weight of an era remembered all the while finding a way to grasp for what is yet to come.
RIYL: Guided By Voices, Gang of Youths, Crooked Fingers
Artist: Lianne La Havas
On her latest release, British soul singer Lianne La Havas, has tucked an oddity of a cover right into the middle of her album, Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes” and does it all sorts of justice. Filling the soundscape slowly, with a building tension and intensity all the while allowing her signature R&B style to fill the space. Such a wonderful and well-executed homage to the original version.
RIYL: Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka, Corrine Bailey Rae
Artist: I Break Horses
Track: Neon Lights
The Swedish electro indie-rock band returns with Warnings, their recently released third album that is just as captivating as their previous two. Full of swirling dynamic loops, ethereal beats, and captivating hooks, the album takes you on a journey through dreamscapes and high-floating wonderment. “Neon Lights” presents the band driving forward with a synth-laden charge into the late night just as fog rolls in.
RIYL: Hatchie, Cocteau Twins, The Knife