Another new year, long hours spent listening to new records, once again happily surprised by the diversity and quantity of good records in all styles of music, difficult decision to make (what? no Django Django?, no Calexico?), …you know the drill. To keep the level of excellence since this review has been initiated a year ago, the album of the month is a fantastic one. It looks also that despite a few statements done here and there in the press, rock music is here to stay. I have been listening to lots of records this month and the ones which gave me excitement, passion or emotion were pure rock’n’roll records done by young men. So all is not lost…and rock is far from being dead!
Album of the month: Ty Segall – “Freedom’s Goblin” – Rock – One of the hardest working men in show-business along Dave Grohl or Jack White, Ty Segall has been releasing an impressive number of records in the last five years, either under his name or through his many projects. I have been following his production for a few years now and caught him live playing drums like a maniac at the End of the Road festival in 2015. This new album though is by far his best and most ambitious one. With 19 tracks and 1h 15minutes of music, Ty Segall revisits all his great influencers (Neil Young, garage rock, Elliott Smith, The Velvet Underground or again The Beatles‘ White Album) whilst making it sound very modern and more importantly his own. A record to listen again and again to enjoy all its treasures. A very good way to start the year!
- Runner-up: The Limiñanas – “Shadow People” – Garage Rock – Originally from the nice Perpignan area in France, Lionel (voice and guitar) and Marie (drums) Limiñana are a married couple and have been making records for a few years now. Their main music love is clearly garage rock but with a touch of post-punk influences (The Cure or Joy Division amongst others). Their new album has been recorded with the help of the great Anton Newcombe from The Brian Jonestown Massacre and one can feel a new freshness in their sounds. I was lucky to see them live recently as Rough Trade East and their set was excellent. Nice chat as well afterwards with a Catalan accent!
- Also recommended:
- Shame – “Songs of Praise” – Rock – Debut LP from South London young band with Gang Of Four / Magazine influences.
- No Age – “Snares Like a Haircut” – Rock – Less angry as usual ; their best album so far.
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Wrong Creatures” – Rock – Always the same, always different… Good to have them back
- Nils Frahm – “All Melody” – Classical Electro – Beautiful new effort from the Berliner
- Arthur H – “Amour Chien Fou” – French chanson – A double album from the worst English accent singer ever! A few songs are very moving.
- Lest we forget: album of the previous month – U2 – “Songs Of Experience“