September looks like being a monumental month for new releases. Our recommended eight for 2 September start with Ward Thomas, whose startling new album, Cartwheels, they say themselves, is not just a country album. Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy is one of the UK’s most accomplished and distinctive songwriters, and he’s in fine form on Foreverland. King Creosote’s Astronaut Meets Appleman explores the tensions between traditional and digital music-making, and is fabulously original because of it. Going, Going… tells the story of a US road trip undertaken by indie stalwarts The Wedding Present and represents one of the finest releases of their career, with each song accompanied by a video. Shaun Escoffrey’s Evergreen features his gorgeous voice, which mixes an undeniable power with soulful subtlety. Jamie T’s fourth album Trick is by some distance his darkest, and Messenger Of The Gods neatly ties up all Freddie Mercury’s solo singles into one package.
Our release of the week is Angel Olsen’s astonishing and exhilarating My Women.
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