The new releases for 10 February are a particularly pert bunch. Kicking us off are The Sadies, a band whose fans cling to them like a dark secret, but with Northern Passages the time has come for their wild acid-folk-country-punk trip to find a lot more friends. As a result of the political, humanitarian and military situation in the Saharan region, Tinariwen had to record the 12 songs that make up Elwan a long way from home, and they have managed to capture emotion more vividly on this record than ever before. Amber Run have packed moments of expansive beauty and full-blooded raw emotion into the songs on For A Moment, I Was Lost. Thievery Corporation’s The Temple Of I & I is an innovative mix of electronica infused with dub rhythms rooted in Jamaican culture. Rag’n’Bone Man’s debut, Human, showcases his huge voice to great effect. Thunder have been going for nearly 30 years, but tired they ain’t, and Rip It Up is a fierce rocker of an album, lovely! Blackfield return to the sound that made them one of the more exciting of the prog acts with V – a high for Steven Wilson and Avi Geffen.
Release of the week is Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins from the mighty Chuck Prophet. Chuck describes this as California Noir, such a good description that we’re going with that!
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