15 tracks of the month’s best new mu­sic

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1 PETER PER­RETT An Epic Story

“I’ve read this book too many times/ The hero’s death is tragic ev­ery time…” A poignant open­ing to this month’s CD, per­haps, but the Only One’s pres­ence here is a heart­warm­ing tes­ti­mony to how har­row­ing rock’n’roll myths can some­times have happy end­ings. Per­rett’s How The West Was Won is our Al­bum Of The Month, and you can read his own in­sights on page 21.

2 JOHN MURRY Wrong Man

An­other aus­pi­cious sur­vivor in the Un­cut fir­ma­ment, as the stealth hero of Amer­i­cana fetches up in Toronto, via Kilkenny, in the com­pany of the Cow­boy Junkies’ Michael Tim­mins and for­mer Pogue Cait O’Rior­dan. “Teems with guilt, re­gret, sel­f­re­crim­i­na­tion, a sense of per­sonal rot and bit­ter fa­tal­ism,” notes Al­lan Jones on page 34.


A gi­gan­tic group hug, now, from the all-star Cana­dian in­die col­lec­tive, cur­rently num­ber­ing up­wards of a dozen. “A strong re­asser­tion of Bro­ken So­cial Scene’s equally fer­vent en­thu­si­asms for in­die-rock fuzz and ma­jor-key melod­i­cism,” says Ja­son An­der­son in his ec­static re­view (page 22).

4 BEDOUINE Dusty Eyes

A new re­cruit to Matthew E White’s Space­bomb em­pire, Azniv Korke­jian’s rheumy take on coun­trysoul reaches its apoth­e­o­sis on “Dusty Eyes”. Dis­creet twangs and or­ches­tra­tion, and a pace and nu­ance that re­calls an­other hid­den trea­sure of LA, Josh Haden’s Spain.

5 THE DESLONDES Hur­ri­cane Shake­down

While their old co­hort Alynda Se­garra ex­plores new ter­ri­tory with Hur­ray For The Riff Raff, The Deslondes re­main hero­ically im­mersed in New Or­leans. Their mu­si­cal hori­zons are broad­en­ing too, though: wit­ness “Hur­ri­cane Shake­down”, rowdy rock­a­billy with a Mys­te­ri­ans or­gan caus­ing fur­ther dis­rup­tion. It’s one minute, 52 sec­onds, so you’ll need to play it at least twice.

6 FLOAT­ING POINTS Sil­urian Blue

Mov­ing ever fur­ther away from his techno DJ roots, the lat­est Float­ing Points LP finds Sam Shep­herd and crew record­ing their tremen­dous space jazz-rock in the Mo­jave desert. Dark side of the dune, any­one?


The Crutchfield in­die-rock takeover of 2017 con­tin­ues apace, as Al­li­son’s Tourist In This Town is fol­lowed by Out In The Storm, the fourth al­bum by twin sis­ter Katie as Waxahatchee. A strong re­cal­i­bra­tion of ’90s col­lege rock; play next to The Breed­ers for op­ti­mum fuz­zpop sat­is­fac­tion.


Wob­ble’s lat­est, The Usual Sus­pects, acts as a kind of inventive mu­si­cal mem­oir, as he re­vis­its a bunch of his great­est hits from the past 40 years. Here, he takes the PiL clas­sic, sands down its rough edges, and rein­vents it in the lop­ing world­beat style of The In­vaders Of The Heart.


A habitué of Un­cut CDs thanks to his work with Richard Thomp­son, Jeff Tweedy, Steve Gunn et al, Elk­ing­ton steps into the spot­light with this song from his solo de­but. The ef­fort­lessly fancy fin­ger­pick­ing is a given; Elk­ing­ton’s un­der­stated, warm vo­cals, and his Nick Drakeish songcraft are a strik­ing bonus.


Af­ter mak­ing their name with a quaint take on retro-fu­tur­ism, PSB’s pul­sat­ing mo­torik-rock switches at­ten­tion from the space race to the rise and fall of the South Wales min­ing in­dus­try. Take “Progress”, where old doc­u­men­tary sam­ples are in­ter­wo­ven with the voice of Cam­era Ob­scura’s Tra­cyanne Camp­bell.

11 SHABAZZ PALACES Ju­lian’s Dream (Ode To A Bad)

Re­cently cited by Kurt Wag­ner as a key in­flu­ence on Lam­b­chop’s dig­i­tal makeover, the Palaces have two new LPs in the mix this month. “Ju­lian’s Dream” comes from Quazarz Vs The Jeal­ous Ma­chines, and is a great en­try point into the Seat­tle duo’s ly­ser­gic take on hip-hop.

12 LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES Un­der­neath The Sheets Of White Noise

Alabama’s sen­sa­tional Glory Fires might have per­fected a hy­brid of Drive-By Truck­ers and Hüsker Dü, but their epic new Youth De­ten­tion finds new South­ern rock tra­di­tions to up­date – not least, here, the early days of REM, as Bains un­leashes a Stipeian word­stream over heady, raw har­monies.

13 TELE­VI­SION PER­SON­AL­I­TIES Stop And Smell The Roses

The core texts of Dan Treacy’s in­die pi­o­neers come back into cir­cu­la­tion, as the first four TV Per­son­al­i­ties al­bums resur­face in our Ar­chive sec­tion on p47. Here’s a poignant, psych mar­vel from ’84’s The Painted Word, as a lovelorn Treacy emotes over his own lo-fi wall-of-sound.

14 TRÄD, GRÄS OCH STENAR Kaffe Med Tarta (Cof­fee And Cake)

The Swedish psych le­gends have been around, in one form or an­other, for more or less 50 years, but this non­cha­lant jam comes from what is, sadly, their last al­bum: two founder mem­bers died dur­ing its long ges­ta­tion. Rec­om­mended for fans of late-’60s Grate­ful Dead and lat­ter­day Crazy Horse.

15 JUPITER & OKWESS Ofakom­bolo

Bad Seed War­ren El­lis, along­side the more pre­dictable fig­ure of Da­mon Al­barn, both fea­ture on the lat­est al­bum by Jean-Pierre “Jupiter” Bokondji, “rebel gen­eral” of Con­golese mu­sic. Pro­duc­tion, mean­while, comes from Mar­cAn­toine Moreau, whose sim­i­larly edgy, con­tem­po­rary work with Songhoy Blues is a good model for the en­ergy of this su­per-in­tense Kin­shasa street mu­sic.

Peter Per­rett

The Deslondes

Lee Bains III

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