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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Music: My Top Album Preorders

My Top Album Preorders

Phoenix "Bankrupt" 22 April
My favourite band right now. The French foursome were formed way back when in 1995 and have since released three albums. After a long break they're back with "Bankrupt" this month. The album is a mix of electropop and rock, a sign that their 1980's upbringing made an impact on their music. Their debut album featured guest appearances such as Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk)and family members like bassist Deck d'Arcy's mother providing her choral society on a track. They'll be playing Glastonbury later this year.

Noah & the Whale "Heart of Nowhere" 6 May
One of the first significant folk bands. Originally with Laura Marling providing backing vocals - she left the band in 2008 - they released "Peaceful, the World Lay me down" and "Last Night on Earth" without her and found a more mainstream audience. The third album "Heart of Nowhere" is amplifying that same Noah & the Whale sound, certainly if the first single is anything to go by anyway. Their folk sound is still there with lead vocals Charlie Fink providing some ukulele and harmonica, making the tracks so easily identifiable.

She & Him "Volume 3" 6 May
Oh so kooky with sickeningly good lyrics. The unlikely duo of Zooey Deschanel and country-folk artist M. Ward began when they were asked by director Martin Hynes - the film "The Go-Getter" which Deschanel starred in - to perform together and it seemed to fit. With "Volume One" and "Volume Two" out the way and a holiday album called "A Very She & Him Christmas" released in 2011 it's now time for "Volume Three" no doubt still full of Deschanel's own quirky writings. The first single from the album "Never Wanted Your Love" is certainly what you would expect from the twosome, the rest of the album can only follow suit and impress surely?

Vampire Weekend "Modern Vampires of the City" 14 May
The album I've been waiting years for. The American indie rock four-piece have left their fans waiting since second album "Contra" was released back in 2010 - this could be due to keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij releasing new material with his electro side project Discovery. But their album is not too far away after being pushed back a few times they finally have a set date. The first single "Diane Young" is being played on loop from YouTube, it boasts intelligent lyrics and a bouncy pop melody - the classic Vampire Weekend sound. 

Tribes "Wish to Scream" 20 May
That difficult second album. The band were only formed in 2010 but they have already toured countless cities and had a successful debut album "Baby" in 2012. They've had a couple of festival spots already at Reading/ Leeds and Bestival and are hitting Glastonbury this year. The new album "Wish to Scream" is that difficult follow up album but, from the three songs they have already teased their fans with, it sounds like they've shrugged it off and grown more into their sound. Their tour is just around the corner and I have already bought tickets, definitely a must-see-live band.

Tom Odell "Long Way Down" 24 June
The Brits Critics Choice winner. Born in Chichester he decided to study at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Raised listening to Bob Dylan and Elton John it's easy to see where he gets his sound and lyric ideas from. The songs we have already heard from Odell "Another Love" and "Can't Pretend" from the EP "Songs from Another Love" and now new release "Hold Me" are raw with real twisted emotion. His debut album is one of the most eagerly anticipated of the year.


Oh, you want more?

 Frank Turner "Tape Deck Heart" 22 April

Little Boots "Nocturnes" 5 May

Swim Deep "She Changes the Weather" EP 12 May

Primal Scream "More Light" 13 May

Daft Punk "Random Access Memories" 20 May

Laura Marling "Once I Was An Eagle" 37 May

Haim "?" Sometime this summer

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