So, last week we got a bit morose about how no one reads this blog but we’ve seen the light and realised that if no one reads it, well, it’s their loss. How else will anyone know what new albums and singles are out this week? It’s not as if there are adverts or reviews or billboard posters or virals or…you get the picture. Last week was pretty successful, what with Ellie Goulding’s debut flying in at number 1 and Joanna Newsom’s triple album sauntering elegantly in at number 28. Unsurprisingly, Perfume Genius didn’t dent the Top 75, but hey, who buys vinyl these days? Seeing as we downloaded it for free, we can hardly complain.
Plastic Beach by Gorillaz
It’s funny, when Britpop was raging all those years ago, we assumed it would be Liam Gallagher who’d cast off the shackles of his main band and experiment with Chinese pop music, hip-hop, African rhythms and the Venezuelan nose flute. Instead, it’s Damon Albarn who has quietly gone about proving himself to be a bit of a genius (OK, not so quietly). Plastic Beach is the third Gorillaz album and it’s a sprawling, 16-track opus taking in a loose concept about the environment and features guests as diverse as Lou Reed, Kano, Snoop Dogg and Bobby Womack. In short, it’s all over the place, but in a very good way. ‘Empire Ants’ is possibly the best thing we’ve heard all year.
BUY THIS AND GET A BIT OF A HEADACHE
Sisterworld by Liars
Again, it’s time for a confession. We have this album, in fact it’s on the arm of the chair as we type, but we’ve yet to enter Sisterworld in its entirety. What we do know is that it’s a dense, frankly quite terrifying listen, that ranges from the sporadic meltdown of ‘Scissor’ to the violent convulsions of ‘Scarecrows On A Killer Slant’. If you buy the deluxe, 3D artwork version you get an extra CD with remixes of every track by people such as Thom Yorke, Devendra Banhart and one of TV On The Radio.
‘Rocket’ by Goldfrapp
So, that folky reinvention didn’t last long did it? Everyones second favourite female-fronted synth pop duo (La Roux is number one, right?) are back with their forthcoming album, Head First, and ‘Rocket’ is the Van Halen-aping first single. Allison Goldfrapp was always more suited to the rush of electro than the gentle strum of an acoustic guitar and though ‘Rocket’ isn’t vintage Goldfrapp it certainly beats roughly 78% of everything else in the charts.