Let The Record Show – Dexys Do Irish And Country Soul
An album of “re-interpretations“ that Kevin Rowland has been wanting to do since 1985, it includes covers of Bee Gees’ To Love Somebody, Rod Stewart’s You Wear It Well and Johnny Cash’s 40 Shades Of Green, Both Sides Now and the lesser known Grazing In the Grass originally by The Friends Of Distinction.
Dexys - Carrickfergus
Minor Victories - Minor Victories
The word supergroup is normally enough to send the wrong kind of shivers down the spine but the combined talents of Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Justin Lockey (Editors) bolstered by guest vocals from James Graham (The Twilight Sad) and Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) suggests this may be the exception. Expect lashings of tastefully packaged shoegaze, alt rock and cinematic soundscapes.
Minor Victories - Scattered Ashes
Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
Indie label of the moment Secretly Canadian's latest find are these purveyors of casually melancholic music channelling Townes Van Zandt, The Band and the slack groove of early Pavement.
Whitney - No Woman
Cat's Eyes - Treasure House
Fresh from blagging their way into Buck House and passing themselves off as lute-slinging minstrels, Cat's Eyes take everything into the great outdoors and shoot it in Technicolour.
Cat's Eyes - Be Careful Where You Park Your Car
Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger
Simon's 13th solo studio album is full of innovations and surprises - who might he collaborate with now? What style might he take up next? On three songs he works with Italian electronic dance music artist Clap! Clap!. Expect also plenty of African wind and custom-made instruments including the Cloud-Chamber Bowls and the Chromelodeon, a song about a werewolf and some instrumentals.
Paul Simon - The Werewolf
The Kills - Ash & Ice
Back after working with Jack White on the last album by The Dead Weather Alison Mosshart rejoins her old friend Jamie Hince for the duo's fifth studio album, with a characteristically black theme.
The Kills - Doing It to Death
EP Of The Week:
The Strokes - Future Present Past
Four new tracks and a dash of AutoTune. It's a minor return to form for New York's post-punk quintet. There's no video available yet - but here's a tantalising launch projection: