At last, a solo album from the former Talking Heads frontman. For fans, this links to 2008’s Everything That Happens Will Happen Today with Brian Eno, as Eno also contributes here. It is always a joy to hear new music from Byrne and this is no exception. It has been worth the wait.
This live-in-the-studio album is Wild Beasts’ last. They seem destined to be a band that are loved by some and unappreciated by others. Spanning their five-LP career, this will give you an idea of what you have missed.
Anyone who watches Later… With Jools Holland will be familiar with Rateliff’s track S.O.B. and his last album, which channelled the spirit of vintage Stax Records. This new album gives more of a feel of his riotous live performances.
If you haven’t heard of her, Courtney Marie Andrews is the finest young singer-songwriter in America™ and numbers Elton John among her fans. Rolling Stone have compared her to Joni Mitchell, but she is probably nearer to Emmylou Harris vocally, which is not a bad starting point.
Courtney is touring the UK in April - catch her now before she becomes a huge star.
This is the first Breeders album in a decade and features the classic line up that recorded Last Splash. Groups getting together after a long break is not always a great idea, but this is really good.
Moby’s new album is a return to the gospel and trip-hop style of his earlier work, including the 1999 classic Play.
Everyone thought Godfather, but here is Godfather II from the ‘Godfather of Grime’.
MGMT famously had huge success with their first album Oracular Spectacular in 2008, which included the anthem Time to Pretend. They had the world at their feet then threw it away by releasing a follow-up that alienated most of their fanbase. Now amazingly they are back and so are the melodies. This is excellent.