To my millions of readers: the blog is more alive than ever! For those surprised by the lower frequency in recent posts, please note this is mainly due to its editor attending lots of gigs (cf. gigs page), to a very warm London summer…and moreover to the full support shown by the editing team to Les Bleus during the FIFA World Cup!
Back to business then and to the July Album of the month. No real big names this time, which was also great as I discovered many new names and exciting music. For the first time since the start of this review, my album of the month is identical to that of Rough Trade stores.
Album of the month: Bodega – “Endless Scroll” – Garage Rock – I know I can be obsessed and passionate about garage rock and its repetitive mantra sounds where a few may only hear boring repetitive guitar music. I am pretty sure it will not be so this time as Bodega has released a very exciting record, mixing up garage sounds with pure melodically songs. They are a female/male 5-member band from New York and their debut record is produced by Austin Brown of the great Parquet Courts. This is the kind of record one can already dearly love and be excited about after hearing the first thirty seconds of the first track.
- Runner-up: Dirty Projectors – “Camp Lit Prose” – Pop Rock – David Longstreth and his band Dirty Projectors have always been of the most singular ones, as shown when they collaborated with Björk a few years ago. However, last year’s self titled break-up album was a bit too edgy and difficult to like. It looks David is happy and in love again and the first consequence has been a frenzy energy put in this new buoyant album.
- Also recommended:
- 77:78 – “Jellies” – Pop Rock – Summer music from former members of The Bees
- Rayland Baxter – “Wide Awake” – Pop Rock – 70’s sounding pop ; I defy anyone not to have a smile on their face while listening to this record
- Ty Segall and White Fence – “Joy” – Garage Rock – Another collaboration from the hardest working man in garage rock after his brilliant “Freedom’s Goblin” LP earlier in the year
- Nathan Salsburg – “Third” – Acoustic guitar – Beautiful and quiet music from a man amongst animals (cf. this record’s cover)
- Underworld & Iggy Pop – “Teatime Dub Encounters” – Technoish Spoken words – The title says it all! A 4-track EP collaboration which works better than expected.
- Lest we forget: album of the previous month – John Coltrane – “Both Directions At Once“