GOOD ALBUMS is a series in which I essentially take on the role of an archaeologist who has embarked on a constant excavation into the vast array of the music industry and sporadically reveal all of the results I deem to be, at the very least, pretty good. It’s a series that allows me to give props to those who have created music that hits me in all the right places pretty sharpish without having to take the time to rustle up a full blown review, which is good because I am a very busy boy these days. Please enjoy what is PART FIVE of the Good Albums of 2016 series, and do all that liking and sharing and all that fun stuff if you want.
The Peace & Truce Of Future Of The Left by Future Of The Left | Music is a great way to reveal your feelings without actually turning into a crybaby bitch. Sometimes you can play some happy sunshine pop to fit your happy little sunshine mood and other times you can play some aggressive hip hop for when you’re feeling like a straight up G. Future Of The Left creates music that allows you to display all your best “I hate you and everything in the world ever” moods and their new album is just another excellent dose of that.
Much like the excellent How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident, FOTL’s new record recreates a lot of the off-kilter, pummelling punk sound that made that record so thick with layers upon layers of disjointed and gritty instrumentals. The vocals are bizarre, strained, pained and accompanied with some cult like backing vocals that make you feel slightly unnerved. These are performed on top of an array of heavily distorted guitar riffs that sound murky beyond belief, altogether creating an energy and a listening experience that’s simply superb. Excellent record.
We Disappear by The Thermals | Continuing with the distorted theme, The Thermals return with their new album We Disappear. Whilst not quite as gritty and murky as FOTL’s record, this album is a loud persuasion of noise that’s designed to get you rocking with just a slight edge of swing inside those hips. Huge guitar riffs rock the shit out of all ten tracks here, and The Thermals pack it full of hooks, hard hitting drums and so many tidbits of feedback that it actually makes me wanna smile my little dick off. This is a really solid release from a band that I haven’t been too familiar with before, but now wish to get acquainted with.
Pet Sun by Pet Sun | I’ve been a fan of Pet Sun for quite a while now and today I’m pleased to rave about their debut self-titled album. These guys perform a kind of rock music that’s full of twists and turns and a whole lot of volume to get you feeling like you’re trapped in a great big whirlwind of noise. If you’re a fan of the likes of Ty Segall and Wavves, or fancy getting your face melted off in a sea of intense guitar riffs then this is the record for you. As distorted and heavy as this record is, Pet Sun do a great job of packing it with various hooks to allow the accessibility to increase throughout. So soon enough you’ll be finding yourself drawling along to the main drawling hooks of opening track The Dawn before long.
Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future by Underworld | Underworld have been around for a long ass time, and luckily this Barbara broad has kept them making good music ever even into this year. If you’re unemployed or bored of your it-gives-me-money job (like me) then I would recommend filling your ears with this record. Boasting a pretty impressive 43-ish minutes, Underworld’s latest offering produces instrumentals that stick fairly loyally to one main beat. This drawn out formula is great for the likes of LCD Soundsystem and fortunately it’s the same for Underworld too. The instrumentals are paired up with some tribal-esque drumbeats and the occasional swollen synthesisers to help keep things fresh, but the main draw is their ability to suck you in to this psychedelic atmosphere. It makes for a very encompassing listening experience, and it’s awesome.
DNA by Lovespeake | Spotify graciously introduced me to these guys thanks to the wonderful Tightrope which delighted my insides with it’s sunny, cute take on traditional pop music. Fortunately the rest of Lovespeake’s debut album feels me with all kinds of butterflies too. The guys enter the music world with a sound that’s full of upbeat instrumentals, complete with scratchy guitar riffs and wishy washy synthesisers which certainly could appeal to everybody in the world right now. Tracks such as Tightrope, Sundive and (my favourite) Every Day Electric are excellent little nuggets of perfect pop music that can ensure you return to this album over and over again. It’s a solid way to kick off your career, and Lovespeake should certainly be in your eardrums right now.
Helter Seltzer by We Are Scientists | Yep, these guys are still knocking around. Helter Seltzer marks ten years of We Are Scientists knocking around which is pretty impressive. Since exploding on the scene with a debut album that boasted hits such as The Great Escape and Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt these guys have been delivering a relatively solid discography in the following years. This new record is another solid dose of indie rock that’s packed with some punchy riffs and a lot of hooks to keep everything peachy. Keep on rockin’ We Are Scientists.