A new segment where I’ll be taking a look at any albums and singles I’ve missed over the month. Want something reviewed? Let me know via twitter.
Savages – Adore Life
There’s no easy way to address the elephant in the room when it comes to reviewing Savages latest album: this isn’t the same band we’re used to dealing with. The same untameable and aggressive bunch of women we loved to deal with on 2013’s Silence Yourself where we saw them providing face melting, punch in the face-like tracks like Husbands, Hit Me and No Face.
Instead the band have decided to go against the bands path of turning it all the way up to 11 and toning it down a bit. Whilst there’s some moments where the band seem to tether back into old territory, for the most part it’s a much calmer, less serious sound that seems to struggle to be joyous and enjoyable, verging on bland and dull from time to time. This brings the albums overall quality down quite a bit though this all comes down to how the idea of a band once known for their ferocity letting their instincts take a back seat to take a breather.
6/10, For Fans Of: Foals, PJ Harvey
DIIV – Is The Is Are
Whilst every other publication under the sun can’t seem to review the latest album from New York City shoe-gazers DIIV without rambling on about the problems that faced the band, I’m gonna avoid it at all costs. There may be some relevancy between the issues and the subject matter in hand on their sophomore release but the glaring issue with this record is that it shows little of the promise that Dopamine showcased when it was released last year.
Spanning over 17 tracks lasting over an hour in total, DIIV can’t seem to justify the length of this controversy surrounded LP regardless of what glimmers of genuinely great music there is on show. Though Is The Is Are may address the issues regarding drugs in quite an enjoyable way, sadly the moments in which it does are too far and few between.
5/10, For Fans Of: Beach Fossils, Deerhunter
Porches – Pool
Every now and again, I’ll come across a seemingly innocent looking album that I don’t expect much from. Last year this was the case for Jamie XX and as you could tell from my end of year review, I was pleasantly surprised and whilst Porches recent LP may have not evoked the same levels of shock, it’s one that I had a thoroughly good time with.
In the sound department, twangy, poppy synths are littered throughout Pool that automatically get my mind racing to Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs whilst on the lyrical playing field, we get talks about parties, isolation, depression and an abundance of metaphors to water and swimming pools. Pool is pretty much what I’d expect from Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero if it was ever adapted musically and that’s the greatest and most accurate compliment I can give this album, one that is sure to become one of the hidden gems of 2016.
8/10, For Fans Of: Metronomy, The XX