This week’s cd releases
As Jackson’s 2015 Fast Forward album proved, his rare melodic elegance and withering wisdom are still intact. Fool makes a similar case on Big Black Cloud and Dave – Joe’s real name – which ride on Jackson’s distinctive piano, and if songs like the clattery title track are a little less likeable, there’s still no mistaking a remarkably undimmed talent.
After 2014’s acclaimed exploration of relationship gloom Are We
By Adam Woods
There, this seems set for more of the same, but Van Etten turns her attention to the world at large. There’s a fresh energy too: Malibu constructs a cathedral of churchy organ and No One’s Easy To Love toys with thumping, hip-hop beats.
Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? Out Fri
Over 15 years, Deerhunter’s dreamy indie-rock has become dreamy classic pop – the harpsichord that opens this could have come from a mid-Sixties Kinks album, and the optimistic thump of No One’s Sleeping calls to mind Super Furry Animals. Welsh singer-songwriter Cait Le Bon adds a timeless, rusticfuturistic psychedelia.