Jack White – Boarding House Reach
After a couple of solo albums that oscillated mildly from terribly serious riffage to bonkers tongue-in-cheek pop, White expands his musical palate while, as a lover of analogue, using the same kind of gear he had when he was 15 years old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer and the most basic of instrumentation). He also backs himself as producer once again – though one can't help feeling that using someone who has the cojones to stand up to him might yield even better results. Still great.
Jack White – Over and Over and Over
Sunflower Bean – Twentytwo In Blue
The New York trio of Nick Kivlen (lead guitar and vocals), Jacob Faber (drums), and Julia Cumming (bass and lead vocals) return with pleasing blend of heavy rock, 80s new wave and jangly indie pop. Their live shows are much noisier and rockier than expected – well worth catching them if you can.
Sunflower Bean – I Was A Fool
Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Hormone Lemonade
Third album from COA-M sees the band heavily utilising the sounds of modular synths and home built drum machines, yet still keeping the loose, improvised sound familiar to fans of their first two albums, with minimal guitar melodies and live drum kit helping to build hypnotic layers of texture.
Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Make Out Fade Out
Preoccupations – New Material
Imaginatively titled album from the post-punkers. Opener ‘Espionage’ lives up to multi-instrumentalist Scott Munro’s stated goal of making a record where “nobody knows what instrument is playing EVER”!
Preoccupations – Espionage
George Ezra - Staying At Tamara's
Be warned, or be thrilled, the choice is yours - the Hertfordshire 24-year-old with an undoubtable mainstream folk-pop sensibility a deep, confident voice is heading for world domination with this second album. Signed to Columbia. His first two podcasts featured special guest friends - Ed Sheeran and Rag N Bone Man. Nuff said.
George Ezra - Paradise
Led Zeppelin – How The West Was Won
For some it seems a split second since this was originally released, but James Patrick Page has proved once again that he will do anything to avoid picking up a guitar and playing. He has dusted himself and the master tapes down to polish and remaster these two 1972 concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach but its appeal is to the hardcore Zep fan only.
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song (Live)
This week's selection is by Michael Moloney, aka llamalpaca from the vinyl-only record and design store, Chameleon, with new release additions by The Landlord.
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