New sea­son sounds

FOUR OF OUR FAVOURITE ACTS RE­TURN TO GIVE YOUR PLAYLIST A SPRING CLEAN.

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SPIRITUALIZED, AND NOTH­ING HURT

WHAT Since 1990, UK space-psych out­fit Spiritualized has had a tu­mul­tuous ro­tat­ing door of over 15 mem­bers, with Ja­son Pierce, aka J Space­man, be­ing mor­tar in the bricks. In­stead of head­ing into a stu­dio, Pierce cre­ated the en­tire thing in his own edit­ing suite . The re­sult? A cine­matic record that is as heavy on the re­verb as it is on the or­ches­tral ga­lac­tic moods. WHY “Mak­ing this record sent me more mad than any­thing I’ve done be­fore,” says Pierce. “We’d been play­ing these big shows and I re­ally wanted to cap­ture that sound but, with­out the funds to do so, I had to find a way to work.” WHEN Best played on a lazy Sun­day morn­ing – with or with­out a hang­over.

NEIL & LIAM FINN, LIGHTSLEEPER

WHAT Once fans get past the baf­fle­ment at how it’s taken this long for Neil Finn and son Liam to col­lab­o­rate on an al­bum, they’ll be thank­ful they did. Mar­ry­ing Liam’s pen­chant for “low-fi sounds and at­mo­spher­ics” and Neil’s leg­endary song­writ­ing, Lightsleeper is a mod­ern, spir­ited and eclec­ti­cally ar­ranged take on adult con­tem­po­rary pop, but way, way cooler than the im­age that cat­e­gory projects. How­ever, if you’re ex­pect­ing Crowded House, don’t. WHY “I was wor­ried we might clash – but in fact, we just upped the pa­tience, tol­er­ance and re­spect quo­tient, and avoided most of the angst,” says Neil Finn. WHEN Pack this on your next road trip.

ANNA CALVI, HUNTER

WHAT Gui­tar vir­tu­oso, Édith Piaf 2.0 and in­fa­mous David Byrne pro­tégée, Anna Calvi’s car­nal wail is her sig­na­ture and her third full-length stu­dio LP is packed with it. Pro­duced by the vis­ceral Nick Lau­nay (Nick Cave, Mid­night Oil, Sil­ver­chair), Hunter sees Calvi ex­plore gen­der non-con­form­ity while sub­vert­ing her own sex­u­al­ity with power, fi­nesse and a heavy bend of for­mi­da­ble vo­cal crescen­dos, jux­ta­posed with crafty licks on the axe. WHY ”I want to go be­yond gen­der,” she says. “I don’t want to have to choose be­tween the male and female in me. The in­tent of this record is to be pri­mal and beau­ti­ful, vul­ner­a­ble and strong, to be the hunter and the hunted.” WHEN Rid­dled with in­ti­macy, this is a record most suited to late, late nights. IN­TER­POL, MARAUDER WHAT Af­ter con­firm­ing the ru­mours over 18 months ago, iconic early 2000s post-punk NYC out­fit In­ter­pol re­turns with its first stu­dio LP since 2014, some 16 years af­ter sem­i­nal de­but Turn On the Bright Lights. A clank­ing, sul­try siege of brood, brawn and thump, fans will not be dis­ap­pointed in Marauder’s at­tack. It also sees front­man Paul Banks fi­nally find his feet on the bass, af­ter step­ping in for Car­los Den­gler on last record El Pin­tor, with the singer also ex­plor­ing a more per­sonal level of song­writ­ing than be­fore. The best part? It sounds like a true In­ter­pol record for the purist in 2018. WHY “Marauder is a facet of my­self. That’s the guy that fucks up friend­ships and does crazy shit,” says Banks. “He taught me a lot, but it’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a per­sona that’s best left in song. In a way, this al­bum is like giv­ing him a name and putting him to bed.” WHEN Find your own Nyc-es­que rooftop and play it loud.

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