Do I repeat myself sometimes? If so, I do apologize but once again this month was amazing in terms of quality releases! Excellent albums done by Damien Jurado, Sons Of Kemet, Lambchop or black midi are also really worth to discovering on top of the below usual selection of seven records.
Album of the month: The Black Keys – “Delta Kream” – Blues – I must confess recently thinking The Black Keys had become something similar to comfort food these latest years and not as essential as they were in the early 00’s. Recent albums were ok but Dan Auerbach looked more interested in producing other artists rather than focusing on new music with fellow drummer Patrick Carney. Best thing to do when a band starts getting away from their roots ? Well, there are probably worse ideas than organising a 2-day, no-rehearsal, 10-hour playing session, covering old blues numbers. Adding up super-skilled guitarist Kenny Brown and bassist Eric Deaton, this session is everything we like about rough and authentic music and you sometimes feel as if you were with these guys, paying homage to blues giants like Junior Kimbrough or R.L. Burnside. Buying the vinyl version to get the beautiful William Eggleston photo cover is warmly recommended as well.
Runner-up: Squid– “Bright Green Field – Pop Rock – This album was really close to get the top spot and will probably have a high ranking by the end of the year. Originally from Brighton, UK, Squid confirmed all hopes put in their first 2019 ”Town Centre” EP. Their new album definitely needs a bit of effort from the listener but I guess this is what we all look for when one has an interest in challenging and demanding music. A few tracks are really splendid and you may end up dancing and shouting like hell in your living room while playing this record. They are part of this year 2021 End of the Road festival edition so I hope to be able to catch them then…
Anthony Joseph – “The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their Lives” – Spoken Jazz – Gorgeous latest opus from Trinidad born, London-based poet. His lyrics are assharp as usual and guests’ musicianship is extraordinary.
Paul Weller – “Fat Pop Vol. 1” – Pop Rock – Paul Weller just celebrated his 63rd birthday last week with another annual delivery. Not a sign of fat Mr. Weller; you rule like a youngster!
St. Vincent – “Daddy’s Home” – Pop Rock – Annie Clark‘s new release is probably less dance-oriented than her latest albums and more inclined towards 70’s sounds.
Current Joys – “Voyager” – Pop Rock – Current Joys is the alias of a certain Nick Rattigan, an American artist I must admit never have heard of before. It looks this is is eighth album and indeed, never too late to discover such an ambitious and incredible record.
Del Amitri – “Fatal Mistakes” – Pop Rock – First album in years from the Scottish veterans ; they are back full or energy, mixing The Beatles and The Velvet Underground influences!
U.F.A of the month! : Van Morrison – “Last Record Project Volume One” – Yes Van The Man, you are right, Facebook is crap and you think COVID-19 is a conspiracy…but do we need to listen to all of it for more than 2 hours? I do not think so…
Lest we forget: album of the previous month – Flyte – “This Is Really Going To Hurt”
Best records of the month so far Playlist
May 2021 releases Playlist