HAIM - Falling Discovered this song this week, so good it has me blown away. Their sound's been described as 'nu-folk–meets–nineties–R&B' and they've been compared to Fleetwood Mac a fair bit. My fave release so far this year.
Likely people won't dig what I'm saying (in fact I don't really given how much they impressed me once upon a time)... but I wasn't so blown away by TJF's newer stuff at the Leeds gig. Which in fact I'd left alone 'til I saw them play it live with a view to it being a cool way to get into new music... Now I remember Ritzy said in an interview something about them not wanting the live interperetability to in any way constrain their music (in almost a counterpoint to Juanita's comments on Radio Wars) but I couldn't help thinking maybe the underlying songwriting isn't as coherent - granted the songs have some good moments, some ok riffs and some really creative, diverse use of electronica; but looking at them as a whole I think they're like songs with good pop moments as opposed to good pop songs. I felt they could have developed on chord progressions, more edgy or complex riffs, interesting guitar work in general. Also I thought they could've put more emphasis on the new stuff having played just so much of the old over recent years. Lastly I don't know if it's coincidence but the chorus from Maw Maw Song sounding practically identical to that of Detroit Social Club's 'I Am Revolution' really had me & . Maybe the album comes across better though? Whilst I didn't catch much of their set, support band Kill It Kid looked promising from what I heard of them.
Back on topic (finally) at the moment I spend my days dying to get home to: Grimes new album 'Visions' (eg Genesis) Kyla La Grange's 'Ashes' (eg Vampire Smile) Lies by Deap Vally Anti-Vist by Bring Me The Horizon (which in contrast to the above, is metal-core!)
(Edit - And I now remember why I haven't listened to Loreena McKennitt for so long - too 'folkie' for my taste).
P.S. The Joy Formidable - I actually prefer 'Wolf's Law' to 'The Big Roar', on which I thought they slightly spoiled (by over-production) some of the songs that had originally been released on 'A Balloon Called Moaning'.
'Cholla' is the second-best song they've ever made (after 'Whirring') and they were mind-blowingly good last Saturday night.
I adore Cholla - I haven't given the new album enough time to form a real opinion - I do like it but I'm one of these people where the odd album comes along and I do need multiple listens to really get it
To each their own.. Kyla is like Laura McKennitt, great to find someone with a voice comparable to her - ty. Must say I had a fantastic time seeing the legendary Living Colour on Friday.. but even moreso on Thursday night when I had the pleasure of seeing Deap Vally in Liverpool's Shipping Forceast - really did have the time of my life, whilst I was concerned that their music (which I hardly really know) might be too minimalistic, it took me little effort to find myself completely drowned in their songs, which are a bit like watching an 'art attack' come together. Lyndsey Troy's vocal work really is so superb it more than rivals that of The Kills' Alison Mossheart, and the music is underpinned by some of the most brilliant rhythmic syncopation I've heard. Probably a must for someone who's a big fan of The White Stripes and loud, bluesy music in general (like me). On an aside, I spotted a stunning fur coated lady who honestly was the uncanniest Juanita lookalike one person down from me on the Northern Line Friday.. but it's a big world.