Over the first ten years of his solo career, singer-songwriter Frank Turner recorded some fantastic material. His deeply personal songs touched on many subjects, from death, love, travel, friendship, lost weekends and politics. In short, in that time, he’s acted as a friend who’s been there, seen it all and is able to lend a lyrical tale of empathy whatever your personal situation. This time, though, he’s really not messing about: the commentary of ‘Be More Kind’ is a world away from the songs of youth, parties and camaraderie that peppered his early releases. It’s also musically far broader. A restless album, even; one that refuses to settle into any one style, sometimes with only Turner’s honest and personal lyrical concerns as an obvious link to the past. And while it isn’t a concept album, more than a few of its songs are connected to the universal themes of time and mortality.
Likened by Rolling Stone to sounding “somewhere between Red House Painters and The Beach Boys”, Germany’s Green Apple Sea make wondrously timeless pop music.
The Green Apple Sea release a new album entitled ‘Directions’ on May 18th. In the meantime, you can watch the video for a new track, ‘Doc Watson Dream’.
NME once described Mats Wawa as having “monster riffs”. It’s clear that NME’s idea of monster riffs and actual monster riffs are two different animals. Kyuss they most certainly aren’t and the chosen title might actually be a tongue in cheek joke, but that doesn’t escape the fact that this 2018 EP from Mats Wawa has some enjoyable moments. Actually, “enjoyable moments” is pretty much an understatement, since three quarters of ‘Scuzz’ is superb.
Following last year’s expanded reissues of The Cars’ ‘Candy-O’ and ‘Panorama’, Rhino are set to continue their Cars reissue campaign with expanded reissues of 1981’s ‘Shake It Up’ and 1984’s pop classic ‘Heartbeat City’.
With wistful acoustic guitars and harmony vocals aplenty, folk-pop troupe have been favourably compared to Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens.
Their current single ‘Futures’ features a world of harmonies and its feelgood qualities bode well for their new full length album ‘ExtraLife’, released on February 23rd.
The uplifting sounds of the single have been complimented by an animated video clip, which you can watch in full below.