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