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New music for June 2017

Written by · Published May 30, 2017

Lorde, Royal Blood

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie - Lindsey Buckingham; Christine McVie

This is probably the nearest you will get to a new Fleetwood Mac album for the moment. This album also includes Mick Fleetwood and John McVie as the rhythm section. Buckingham has described this as a ‘duets’ album. It should be an interesting listen. Last time these two worked together was in 1987 for Tango in the Night.

Fleet Foxes - Crack-up

First new music from the Fleet Foxes since Helplessness Blues in 2011.

All the songs on Crack-up are written by frontman Robin Pecknold. For years there has been a fan theory that the final song on Helplessness Blues ended too soon and that maybe Crack-Up will open with that missing chord, so that Helplessness Blues blends seamlessly into it. They even worked out that an F chord would bridge the gap nicely.

Unlikely as it sounds that a band would choose a specific note to connect albums made six years apart, Pecknold himself logged on to respond to the theory: “First note on new album is F for exactly this reason,” he revealed in a response to the original post. “First main song chord is Bb / F for this reason too, never thought anyone would think about it besides me but you nailed it!”

Glen Campbell - Adiós

After his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2011, this was Campbell’s final trip to the studio. Adiós spotlights some of Campbell’s favourite songs, most of which he had never recorded before. The album finishes with the heartbreaking Adiós, which, like three other songs, was written by legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb.

Because of Campbell’s illness some of the songs had to be recorded a line at a time and painstakingly put together. This is a late present for all Glen Campbell fans.

Lorde - Melodrama

Massively anticipated new album from the multi-talented New Zealand songstress who is still only 20. Lorde has described this as an album about being alone at a house party, the good and bad parts. She has been living with this album for a while, playing it on headphones so she will get the same experience as her fans.

Pure Heroine and in particular Royals were career-defining for Lorde, so the pressure on her to deliver with this album will be immense.

Chuck Berry - Chuck

Chuck is the final album and first new recordings in nearly 40 years by the late rock and roll legend.

Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?

More bass riffs and pounding rhythms from the Brighton duo.

alt-J - Relaxer

It is probably an answer on Pointless now that alt–J won the Mercury Prize in 2012. An Awesome Wave was a huge hit in 2012. Since then they have all been busy doing other things so it will be interesting to see how this one performs.

London Grammar - Truth is a Beautiful Thing

Follow-up to London Grammar’s critically acclaimed 2013 platinum selling debut If You Wait. You may have seen them performing Stay Awake recently on Jools Holland’s show.

Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa

This is London born Dua Lipa’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album. Co-written by Lipa with a raft of top notch songwriters, this is sure to be a hit.

Brandon King

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