Discovered by Brainfeeder beat shaman Ras G, VHVL is Veronica Lauren from Brooklyn, New York.
So; wise and heartfelt lyrics, sing-along choruses, neat guitar riffs and the odd bit of orchestral backing/saxophone section/drum solo for some added zing, but ultimately a dearth of the edge, menace, swagger and hedonism that are the hallmarks of memorable rock. In a word Night Surfer is solid. A good choice for a road trip with your parents. A safe Christmas present for an uncle that likes Bob Seger. Soma for baby-boomers.
Popular Problems is a gentle album for the most part as the opening track “Slow” would imply. However, songs such as “Did I Ever Love You” flirt with a faster tempo in place
Tyranny is a massive step outside the indie-guitar comfort zone and is enjoyable in places, but the apocalyptic themes found throughout and the general meandering just gives off the impression that Julian and the Voidz are having a lot more fun playing the music than you are listening to it.
Mike Hadreas is the curious mind behind Perfume Genius. His third and latest album, Too Bright, is a confident advance in his career. The record is certainly similar to its predecessors in its fundamentals; Hadreas is still writing highly personal, confessional lyrics, but the album is almost unrecognisable in its self-belief and experimentalism.
Aphex Twin has a reputation for being on the cutting edge, and this album, his first in thirteen years, provides an insight into how music has changed during that time.
Six years since the release of Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings in 2008, Somewhere Under Wonderland is Counting Crows’ seventh studio album – and it is beginning to show.
Catfish and the Bottlemen deliver some classic angst with their latest single “Cocoon”.