What Have You Been Listening To …
… during what has been an exciting first half of the year.
Only 175 days give or take a few either way until we’ll be submitting our favourite songs of the year to The Festive Spill.
Not wishing to give anything away but I thought I’d highlight some of the fabulous new releases that have featured on Leavey’s Google music playlist over the last six-months. [Note to Ed I do love the New Release section on Google Play every Friday]
As you will hear from the accompanying playlist I’ve discovered some interesting new bands as well as one or two long time favourites.
Honourable mentions for Jake Clemons – Fear & Love, Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – Static in the Wires, Alison Krauss – Windy City and another member of the E street band – Little Steven – Soulfire who have all had worthy album releases during the last six-months.
To the playlist:
Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1 is this year’s follow up to Traveller and continues the modern twist on traditional country, though the track I’ve chosen could easily better Willie Nelson in the cover of Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning.
Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle – this album is phenomenal – selected Nocturne but it could so easily have been any of the others.
The Weeks – Easy – perhaps pseudo Kings of Leon, perhaps a little bit of R.E.M. no matter what, this band from Mississippi has released a mighty fine album – Gold Don’t Rust
Vintage Trouble – Knock Me Out (single) – who, what where did they come from? In fact they’ve been around since 2010, 3 albums and an EP to date.
Hunter and the Bear – Paper Heart – been around for five years a mix of English and Scottish but this is their debut album. It’ bluesy, rocky and a drummer whose favourite song is When the Levee Breaks – what’s not to like: You Can Talk.
London Grammar – Truth is a Beautiful Thing – has it really been 4 years since their debut album? What can I say about Hannah Reid’s soulful, almost choral vocals – love this album, every last track even the cover of a cover that closes it. [on the deluxe version] For the playlist I’ve selected Rooting For You because I can’t find an accessible YT link for Everyone Else, which is a wonderful track but they are all fabulous.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Nashville Sound – If We Were Vampires is a strange topic for a love song but the premise is that if they were Vampires they’d be together forever; knowing they’re not immortal means they’ll work hard at enjoying the moments though selfishly he’s hoping not to be the one left behind.
If there’s one album to buy this year, then buy London Grammar’s, well actually buy two get the Lanegan album as well! Actually if you can push for three albums get Hunter and the Bear’s too. Or sign up to Google Play and listen to them all – other streaming services are available.