An album which seemed much overlooked and undiscovered but, because of that, was all the more fantastic to find. A rare gem, it seemed to me at the time, and I cradled its tunes like a baby cradles their new rattle at night. And at night is when this music really hits you, when it weights heavy on your soul. Its got the power to creep up on you, twist your backbone inside out and somehow leave you with a pleasant drowsy warm feeling lingering in your head.
A splendid album with some songs which seem much too mature for its young author. They build and break like waves upon the shore. When they burst, they either flow over you with deep melodies or break off frenetically, with chords and notes spluttering – but rarely in an uncontrolled way. This last mention is partly a shame though, as it’d almost be nice to see young Trevor Powers – only 24 – loose his inhibitions and let a bit of madness exhibit the steady momentum in his build-ups.
All the less, its a truly rewarding album which listen after listen will only compliment. Also I’d say it needs a few listens to realise the depth of its power and resonance, at first glance I even found some of the synth motifs to be slightly annoying. However, more listens revealed its inner beauty, as is the case with many fine albums such as LCD Soundsystem’s This is Happening, for example.
Have a listen to July, one of the stand out tracks on the album.
Primal Scream, nothing can keep them down. A 30 year psychedelic drug-infused career, the rock-pop infusion of funky bass, tribal percussion, ripping guitar lines with drowsy end-of-party-coming-down rhythms marked by lead singer’s Bobby Gillespie’s powerful vocals, the band is a testimony to longevity.
Their new album More Light has been released recently. Receiving generally good reviews from the critics – but who listens to them guys anyway – the album is my pick for what should be drowning out your speakers.
Have a listen to single It’s Alright, It’s Ok and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
- Primal Scream won’t be a ‘nostalgia’ act (contactmusic.com)
- Music News | Primal Scream Irish tour (thejournalist.ie)
- Contest: Primal Scream At The Fonda Theatre (thescenestar.typepad.com)
- Primal Scream’s misplaced “disgust” (themediablog.typepad.com)
David Roback and Hope Sandoval are back after a seven year hiatus. The new album Seasons of Your Day has garnered positive reviews from the critics, and they bring the warm fuzz of shoe-gazing back to 2013 from a host of songs which the band have been picking away at for a period of over fifteen years in all sorts of locations across the globe, including the US, UK and Norway.
Enjoy their most famous track,
Fade Into You
- Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day: Exclusive album stream (theguardian.com)
- Mazzy Star: It’s True, We’re Still Together (and we have a new album) (metafilter.com)
- Album of the Week: Seasons of Your Day – Mazzy Star (thegreyestates.com)
By Tom Proctor
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