After forming in 2013 and releasing the Gradient EP in 2014, a debut long player has been a long time coming from The Creases. While the Brisbane foursome’s first release was a propulsive blend of post punk and shoegaze, debut album Tremolo is a brighter, brasher record.
It’s been five years since You Am I last put out a new album and while some of the intervening time was spent looking back (both through reissues and album playback shows), those hoping that the trip down memory lane might inspire a return to the sounds of Hi Fi Way or Hourly, Daily probably need to stop living in the past and get out more.
Since 2008’s 22 Dreams, Paul Weller has steered his sound away from the dad rock plod that plagued most of his albums in the early-noughties. Instead, the former Jam and Style Council front man has embraced a more diverse range of styles and approaches. Saturns Pattern, Weller’s 12th solo effort, is the fourth album into this new phase of sonic adventure.
Either by design or strange coincidence, the debut solo album from Damon Albarn is being released in the same week in which his first major artistic statement, Blur’s Parklife, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Through a series of reinventions in the last two decades both with and without Blur, Albarn has proved himself as much more than just the ego-driven Mockney pretty boy sexing the camera with his eyes in the ‘Girls & Boys’ video.
Over the last decade, the Black Lips have produced a wonderfully raucous collection of psychedelic punk gems that have influenced a plethora of acolytes. The seventh album from the Atlanta quartet finds them broadening their musical colour palette even further.
In the face of some heady hype ever since woozy debut single ‘Shelter Song’ first appeared in late 2012, UK neo-psych quartet Temples have taken their time to put out a debut long-player. The result is a work that has feet planted firmly in the past and the present.