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This month Sun­day Night Mu­sic Club host Danielle Perry has mostly been lis­ten­ing to…

It’s August – how on earth did that hap­pen? I’ve been nes­tled in a lit­tle (very hot) co­coon for the past few weeks lis­ten­ing to more mu­sic than I nor­mally do (for rea­sons that will be an­nounced soon) so this sum­mer will al­ways stay in my mem­ory as the one that had an in­cred­i­bly var­ied sound­track. It never ceases to amaze me the breadth of mu­sic com­ing out of this coun­try right now from both new and re-emerg­ing tal­ent. On the show we’ve had a busy month with guests such as Florence Welch and Gaz Coombes, to name but two. It’s be­com­ing very clear that this is the year “the al­bum” re­turned. Arc­tic Mon­keys’ Tran­quil­ity Base Ho­tel & Casino and Florence + The Ma­chine’s High On Hope are un­doubt­edly com­plete works from be­gin­ning to end. I ap­plaud them both in re­mind­ing us all to take time and ab­sorb mu­sic in the long-player for­mat. It seems that maybe we’re be­gin­ning to tire of quick­fire, short-hype songs and that the cul­ture of the new is, well, not so new any more. In­ter­est­ingly, Florence told me that she in­cluded her lyrics for the first time ever in this re­lease, which re­in­forces this idea of there be­ing an over­all tone to th­ese projects. One ques­tion I al­ways ask guests on my show is what al­bum track they would want ev­ery­one to hear that won’t be a sin­gle. It’s a pop­u­lar query, not least be­cause it’s ev­ery artist’s dream to make an LP that is all killer and no filler. Long live the long-player. Lis­ten to The Sun­day Night Mu­sic Club from 8pm.

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