For some reason, I've had more tracks than usual present themselves to me this September. Maybe the revised offering from Apple Music which came with iOS10 was something to do with it. I certainly find the weekly 'new music for Chris' automatic playlist to be well worth a listen. Some of these tracks were also left over from August. Anyway ... to the music.
Here's the link to the Apple Music playlist.
1. Life Itself - Glass Animals - How To Be A Human Being
Apple Music informs us that Glass Animals are an intriguing mix of synth pop, indie and hip-hop influences from Oxford. I'm glad they said that because I wouldn't know how to peg them. They perhaps remind me a little of I Monster. I really like this anyway. There's something about the synth sound at the start of the track which reminds me of Yeasayer's I Am Chemistry as previously recommended by Neil.
2. Limousine - Beach Baby - No Mind No Money
Wow - this is a great debut album and this track is very representative of the kind of quality on there. I don't now much else about them, but they recently played at Reading and Leeds.
3. Your Word - Eleanor Friedberger - New View
Lovely laid back/stripped back song. I particularly like the change to a minor key for the chorus. I seem to think that this too is a good album, but haven't listened for a while. Described as 60's / 70's folk rock.
4. Loup Garou - Ed Harcourt - Furnaces
A new album from Ed Harcourt and it is very good. It lives up to the promise of the Time of Dust EP I listened to a lot. This song is about a werewolf (one more for the wolf playlist?) 'Loup Garou' being French for werewolf. It's quite catchy and quite varied.
5. If I Ever Was A Child - Wilco - Schmilco
This song reminds me very much of J.J. Cale. Very relaxed and stripped back with a steady driving/shuffling beat. Apparently they've been around for a while (since 1994). I like the album title.
6. I'm In Love - Teenage Fanclub - Here
I'm not sure what's going on here, I'm certainly aware of Teenage Fanclub's name, but I don't think I could tell you any of their songs even though they've been going ages. Well this song is just very catchy and quite straightforward. It has a 60s feel to it - great harmonies in the chorus.
7. Wake Up To This - King Creosote - Astronaut Meets Appleman
This reminds me a lot of Calexico, recent favourites. Again a great steady driving rhythm. It's also similar to the Modest Mouse - The Ground Walks With Time In A Box (as previously featured by John) although not quite as strong.
8. Dirty World - The Ramona Flowers - Part Time Spies
Bristol-based - John, you must have heard of these? Synthy guitar music. Fairly reminiscent of the 80s. I think this is their second album and it is well worth a listen. And what's that I hear in the lyrics? Another wolf reference?
9.Flow With It (You Got Me Feeling Like) - St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Sea of Noise
Retro-soul music at its best. This reminds me a little too of Neil's Field Music track 'The Noisy Days Are Over'.
10. Fugue States - Cold Pumas - The Hanging Valley
I think I thought this might appeal to both Neil and John. It's the kind of track that I'd probably like reluctantly. Fairly raw sounding.
11. Can You Hear Me - NGOD - Single
Well this is a Bradford based band with very little output to their name at the moment. This song is very lively, upbeat and catchy. Just my kind of thing, and anything with the line 'There's always summat going on' has to be worth a listen!
12. These Words - The Lemon Twigs - Single
This is a great song. ELO? Beegees? What's that, you want a piano solo followed by a xylophone solo followed by a guitar solo? You've got it! Apparently they're from Long Island.
13. Coming of Age - Julia Jacklin - Don't Let The kids Win
This album isn't out, but I bet it will be good. Julia's singing reminds me of Hayley Bonar who I've mentioned previously. Musically, this reminds me a little of She's Electric, and that's no bad thing.
14. Told You I'd Be With The Guys - Cherry Glazerr - Single
'I was a lone wolf'! I didn't know that line was in there until writing this just now. Weird. Guitar, drums, bass, vocals. Great track.
15. Reliance - The Barmines - Single
Another band with not much out yet. Really good guitar based song driven along by a strong bass-line. It puts me a little in mind of Andreas Johnson's Glorious but with much less instruments.
16. Nobody's Human - Jessarae - EP
Young American singer-songwriter. Guitar, kick drum, hand clapping, borderline angry vocals.
OK - so now on to four tracks from Neil, I won't add any words:
17. 4 Degrees - ANOHNI - Hopelessness
18. Tenement Song - Pixies - Head Carrier
19. Connan Mockasin - The Fat White Family - Breaking Into Aldi (Single)
20. When You Were Gone - Cool Ghouls - Animal Races