The Conversation is the band’s eighth record and comes eight years after their last effort. It was recorded primarily in Richard Hawley’s Sheffield studio, with other tracks set to zeroes and ones in London and Glasgow. The album releases 20th May 2013.
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On “Native American”, the band, an all female foursome, layers vocals and guitars in a hazy, cold medicine architecture. Noticeably changing tempo between verse and chorus, a slower drive in the refrain, indicating something of an inside-out ethos, already lilting guitars gone contemplative in a nearly wordless chorus that is respite inside of respite.
The groundhog predictions were just plain wrong this year as snow stayed in the forecast, along with the cold weather, through the first day of spring. At least there was plenty of new music to dig through with new albums by Toro y Moi, Frightened Rabbit, Phosphorescent, and Youth Lagoon, to spice up the continuum of life indoors. Teaser singles from upcoming albums featuring the Flaming Lips, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Phoenix also kept music fans longing for spring, while new bands Parquet Courts, Cayucas and Painted Palms reinforced the seasonal theme of renewal.
Daytrotter has also rolled out a Coachella 2013 Playlist, with the entire lineup represented in past Daytrotter sessions. The festival is planned over two weekends to capitalize on the crowds, April 12 - 14 and April 19 - 21 (info at Coachella.com).
Of course, some groups overlap with Daytrotter’s Bonnaroo 2013 Playlist, reflecting the busy touring schedules of Grizzly Bear, Wild Nothing, the Lumineers, Tame Impala and others. Check out the sleepy sounds of the already buzzed about Jake Bugg and an alarmingly stripped down version of Two Door Cinema Club’s “Something Good Can Work”. As always, there’s plenty more where all this comes from by visiting individual sessions by the artists in the archives—just pony up that $2 a month subscription fee.
Link to listen here.
After more than half a decade of waiting and a preparation process steeped in secrecy and seclusion, your patience has been rewarded. No, I’m not talking about a new pope—it’s the new Justin Timberlake album, The 20/20 Experience, available for exclusive streaming at iTunes a week before its March 19th release on RCA. It’s been over six years since 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, and with the release of “Suit & Tie” in January, Timberlake has begun repositioning as what Buzzfeed‘s Matthew Perpetua terms “an upscale pop star” who “only makes music when he feels truly inspired.” The new album clocks in at just over 70 minutes spread out among ten tracks, which means—yes—an average track length of over seven minutes. It’s worth it, if only for the largely instrumental funk breakdowns that seem to come into play around the four-minute mark on most tracks.
Here’s the stream.