First up for release on 19 August is Slow Club’s cheerily titled One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Any More, which contains more of their gorgeous melodies. John Paul White releases his first solo album since the break up of the much loved Civil Wars; titled Beulah, this is a triumph of dark southern American gothic folk. Ed Harcourt’s seventh album, Furnaces, somehow manages to be both full of fire and brimstone and euphoric and celebratory all at the same time. Lisa Hannigan’s third solo effort, At Swim, is an album about isolation and love. A complete change of pace comes courtesy of Sabaton’s The Last Stand; ‘heroic metal’ describes it perfectly. Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound, which features a host of collaborators, is a musical tour de force – simple. Scott Walker follows his astonishing album with Sunn 0))) with an equally astonishing soundtrack, The Childhood Of A Leader.
Album of the week from a fine field this week is Ryley Walker’s Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, words that came to mind whilst listening: it’s supple, shimmering, intriguing and surreal.
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